Park Naturalist

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$54,329.60 - $82,950.40 Annually
Posted
Oct 18, 2019
Closes
Nov 01, 2019
Ref
7511-20A-DPR-SD
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation , Natural Resources Division is seeking an Park Naturalist who is passionate and appreciative of the conservation of natural resources. This employee is responsible for providing service in the areas of interpretation, conservation, natural resource management and nature center operations.

Specific duties include:
  • Researching, designing, presenting and evaluating interpretive programs covering a wide range of natural history topics for a diverse group of audiences, such as urban youth, young adults and children under the age of five;
  • Promoting community relations by developing special community outreach programs that focus on conservation and stewardship;
  • Designing and constructing interpretive exhibits;
  • Maintaining a live animal collection, wildlife rehabilitation experience, and assisting with the care of injured wildlife;
  • Scheduling programs, group tours and public use of the facility;
  • Providing for the safety and security of the facilities;
  • Finding or creating funding sources to enhance programming and other nature center needs;
  • Coordinating and overseeing work of volunteers and temporary/seasonal staff;
  • Maintaining native plant gardens;
  • Providing guidance on professional technical issues and input and assistance to other professionals and County staff;
  • Assisting in the performance of biotic inventories and related resource management activities; and
  • Performing administrative tasks, including coordinating conservation projects, preparing educational brochures and other written material as required.


Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education, Wildlife Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Biology or related field, plus two years of experience in one or more of the following areas; interpretive programming, environmental education, natural resource management, park management, exhibit design and construction, museum experience directly related to natural history or related field.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree may substitute for one of the two years of required experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Experience in the interpretive field;
  • Experience in the design and presentation of nature programs;
  • Experience working at a nature center, environmental education center, or park visitor center;
  • Course work or experience with working knowledge of plants and wildlife common to the mid-Atlantic region;
  • Experience with marketing and using social media;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish);
  • Wildlife rehabilitation certification or experience; and/or
  • Experience in gardening with native plants.


Special Requirements

Applicant must possess or obtain valid CPR, First Aid and AED certifications within 6 months of hire date and maintain certification while in role.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid Driver license. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and a background check.

Additional Information

Work Hours: This is a 40 hour a week position. Monday through Friday, core hours 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Schedule is flexible based on agency needs and will include evenings and weekend work typically scheduled several times per month.

Work Environment: may be required to walk for long periods of time (leading hikes), performing manual labor such as lifting tables, moving boxes and equipment. Digging for long periods of time (gardening), stooping, bending and working outdoors in all types of weather.

Please make sure to include details of all relevant work experience on your application and complete the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

Please check if you have experience in the following (be sure the detail of this experience is reflected on your application):
  • Experience in the interpretive field
  • Experience in the design and presentation of nature programs
  • Experience working at a nature center, environmental education center, or park visitor center
  • Course work or experience working with plants and wildlife common to the mid-Atlantic region
  • Experience with marketing and using social media
  • Wildlife rehabilitation certification or experience
  • Gardening experience
  • None


02

Please describe your experience in one or more of the following areas; interpretive programming, environmental education, natural resource management, park management, exhibit design and construction, museum experience directly related to natural history or related field? Put N/A if not applicable

03

How many years of experience do you have in the following; interpretive programming, environmental education, natural resource management, park management, exhibit design and construction, museum experience directly related to natural history or related field?
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 year but less than 2
  • 2 years but less than 3
  • 3 years or more
  • None


04

What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree ( or above)
  • None


Required Question

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