Temporary Naturalist

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$15.71 - $17.32 Hourly
Posted
Nov 05, 2018
Closes
Dec 26, 2018
Ref
2019-00033
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time


Temporary Naturalist

 The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Temporary Naturalist position.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship
 
Overview
In pursuit of service excellence, the Temporary Naturalist will greet and assist nature center patrons; prepare for and lead various nature-based programs in the Nature Buddies afterschool program; help care for the Nature Center's live animal collection; and support the administrative needs of the organization. This position is located at the Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Avenue in Alexandria, VA 22311. This position is for the afterschool Nature Buddies program; therefore, you must be available to work 2-6 pm Monday-FridayApplications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
What You Should Bring
As a member of our team, you are accountable for the outstanding delivery of services to the community. You will ensure that all activities are fun, safe, age-appropriate and orderly. Your experience providing nature-based programming or having classroom management skills is a must. Your ability to plan and implement activities and programs for a wide range of audiences will help you be successful. Your excellent customer service skills are crucial, as is your ability to comfortably interact with customers of all ages and backgrounds. The Nature Center is a seven-day per week operation, therefore, your flexibility to work on weekdays and/or weekends will be highly desired.  Your ability to be responsive, professional, courteous and accountable will be highly-valued in this role and our organization.
 
The Opportunity
  • Develops, plans, and conducts nature-oriented programs and activities for the afterschool program;
  • Keeps nature center and equipment clean and safe;
  • Assists with the care of the center's live animal collection;
  • Ensures safety precautions and guidelines are followed;
  • Participates in staff meetings and training;
  • Leads hikes and activities in the park on rough, uneven terrain;
  • Performs front desk and administrative tasks;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming. The Department's vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment.  The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.
 

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