Arlington, Virginia
$63,128.00 - $96,408.00 Annually
Oct 01, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Did you know Arlington County is highly diverse, with over 100 languages spoken in the county? Do you want to work within Arlington's diverse communities? Are you passionate about the environment, conservation, and teaching? Do you have experience in creating community partnerships?

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking a dynamic and engaging Natural Resource Specialist to oversee Long Branch Nature Center, its staff and volunteers. This employee will also plan, schedule, and run programs and events throughout the County for diverse audiences to promote environmental conservation and stewardship.

Specific duties include:

  • Designing, presenting, and evaluating interpretive programs covering a wide range of natural and cultural history and environmental topics for a diverse group of audiences;
  • Developing strategies, steps, and measurable goals for community outreach programs and special events for underserved communities;
  • Seeking out partnerships and alliances with other groups and organizations to further educational mission of the Conservation and Interpretation unit to educate, conserve and steward the environment;
  • Publicizing local natural and cultural history information and programming for Arlington through various media platforms;
  • Coordinating and overseeing work and schedules of volunteers and staff;
  • Developing and enhancing the capabilities of staff and volunteers under supervision through training and technical assistance;
  • Performing administrative tasks, such as attending meetings and training, preparing reports, maintaining records, and assisting supervisor with budget development and management;
  • Providing for the safety and security of facilities through site maintenance or oversite;
  • Assisting with maintaining buildings, trails, animal collection, and gardens for educational and safety purposes; and
  • Taking on roles and responsibilities of the Conservation and Interpretation Manager when manager is out of the office.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education, Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Interpretation, or related field;
  • Two (2) years of experience in park administration, natural resource management, environmental education, wildlife management, museum management, or closely related work.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in a related field may be substituted for part of the experience requirement.

Desirables: preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Community outreach to promote environmental awareness, appreciation, and stewardship;
  • Design and presentation of nature programs for diverse audiences;
  • Managing a nature center, environmental education center, or park visitor center; and
  • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in a different language in addition to English.

Special Requirements
Applicant must possess or obtain valid CPR, First Aid and AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) certification as part of this position within 6 months of obtaining position.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, and maintain through the course of employment a valid driver 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.

A pre-hire background check will be required. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, references, and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

Work environment includes working outdoors in all weather conditions. Walking for extended periods of time (leading hikes), and ability to perform intensive manual labor that involves bending, standing, climbing, stooping, and lifting heavy objects for extended periods.

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