Outreach And Volunteer Coordinator (naturalist I)

Alexandria, Virginia
$49,526.46 - $82,543.97 Annually
Sep 03, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Program Manager
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join the Park Authority and our nationally recognized team of professionals! Works as part of one of the most highly regarded park systems in the country. With more than 25,000 acres of parkland, nine RECenters, eight golf courses, three lakefront parks, and more, FCPA is an exciting organization to be a part of and there are many opportunities for staff to make a difference at every level. Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley, Fairfax County Park Authority sites and a part of the Resource Management Division, are located in the Alexandria/Hybla Valley area in Northern Virginia. At 1,559 acres, Huntley Meadows is one of the largest natural resource parks in the DC area. Situated on the coastal plain, it consists of forest, meadows, streams and a 50-acre non-tidal wetland with a boardwalk and observation tower. Managed as a wildlife sanctuary, center for environmental education and site for passive/nature-related recreation, this public park receives 200,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular wildlife-watching sites in the area. The 19th Century architectural gem, Historic Huntley, was built for Thomson Francis Mason, the grandson of George Mason. Adorned with main house and outbuildings the site is open for tours, programs, and rentals.

Working under supervision of the Visitor Services Manager, primary responsibilities are managing a large volunteer program, including recruitment, training, scheduling, interviewing, hiring, evaluating and recognition. Responsible for site volunteer budget. Manages the gift shop, leads interpretive programs, and plans and executes the park marketing plan, outreach, and special events. Routinely acts as the manager on duty and opens and closes the visitor center and historic house. Prepares administrative reports and plans. Assists with park-wide operations. Position may require some evening and/or weekend work.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Researches, designs, promotes, schedules, conducts and evaluates interpretive programs in natural and cultural history in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings;
  • Tailors new and existing interpretive programs to specific audiences;
  • Designs and fabricates interpretive exhibits for display, and designs interpretive brochures, flyers, newsletters and other nature center publications;
  • Provides oversight, direction and support to exempt paid or volunteer interpretive staff;
  • Greets visitors to the nature center and park and provides information and impromptu interpretation of the site as appropriate;
  • Promotes and maintains community relations;
  • Conducts associated public programs, as required;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the natural and biological sciences including the theory, principles and practices of interpretation, conservation and environmental education, and natural area management;
  • Knowledge of native flora, fauna, geology and ecology of the local area;
  • Knowledge of local environmental issues and conservation practices;
  • Knowledge of park management practices;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquiries and questions;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of individuals including the general public.

For Interpretive Program Positions:
  • Ability to develop and present creative interpretive programs for both children and adults.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in natural or life sciences, natural history, park management, education, or a closely related field.

  • Knowledge of local natural and cultural history.
  • At least one year experience managing a volunteer program.
  • At least one year experience planning and conducting natural and/or cultural history interpretive programs.
  • At least one year experience operating a visitor center/nature center.
  • Ability to work well with the public and colleagues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Professional NAI certification.

Driver's License (Required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.<
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Sedentary with walking and lifting less than 25 pounds. Ability to walk and stand on uneven terrain; ability to work outdoors if conducting interpretive programs. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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