Date Posted: Aug 19, 2021
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About McCormick’s Creek State Park:
Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls that highlight Indiana’s first state park. Hike trails featuring diverse forest trees, spicebush, and native wildflowers, including a trail through Wolf Cave Nature Preserve and an accessible trail at the recently renovated nature center. Experience history as you climb the fire tower, use shelter houses or cross the stone arch bridge created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or examine the historic Statehouse Quarry near White River, which furnished limestone used for the Indianapolis Statehouse. Relax in the lobby of Canyon Inn, open to all park visitors, or watch birds from the dining room porch. Catch cultural events such as concerts in the park amphitheater or attend the several special events hosted annually at the park. McCormick’s Creek State Park offers active enjoyment through all seasons of the year.
This position starts at a base salary of $38,792; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.
About the Job:
As a Naturalist in this role, you will coordinate and oversee the interpretive services for assigned properties within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that are designated as complex. You will be required to provide a variety of interpretive programming for guests, staff and the community, direct interpretive center management, develop property events and services, coordinate volunteer and partnership opportunities, participate in natural and cultural resource management projects, and coordinate and provide other interpretive services as needed.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:
- Plan, coordinate, and present various educational programs for property visitors as well as for the community.
- Manage a nature center and/or other interpretive facility which includes hiring and training seasonal naturalist aides and support staff.
- Conduct research, develop inventory, and coordinate active management of the natural and cultural resources of the property.
- Develop and maintain brochures and bulletin boards.
- Maintain aquariums, terrariums, and vivarium, including the care of live educational animals.
- Manage the property’s social media and other online platforms.
- Assist in the development of new nature center facilities or visitor centers and associated exhibits.
- Coordinate interpretive activities with central office staff and property managers.
- Interact with property visitors daily and respond to requests in writing for information from the public.
- Plan and organize special events and festivals on the property, or on other DNR properties.
- Oversee maintenance of the facility and exhibit construction work by skilled craft-persons.
- Manage the property volunteer program and serve as liaison with the property friends’ group and other partners as appropriate.
- Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.
What You’ll Need for Success:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Biology, History, Interpretation (Cultural and/or Natural), Outdoor Recreation or related field preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of natural resources principles and theories of interpretation and environmental education.
- Thorough knowledge of natural resources rules and regulations and the ability to explain and interpret them to the public.
- Thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations regarding migratory birds and endangered species.
- Ability to plan and present programs, exhibits, demonstrations and videos in a creative and imaginative manner that are cohesive, thematic, and engaging.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to manage and interact professionally through social media channels.
- Working knowledge of special event planning techniques and logistics.
- Working knowledge of volunteer management techniques and practices.
- Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow
- Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets
This person must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment:
- Certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation, or willingness to obtain certification within first year of employment.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes:
- Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
- Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
- Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
- Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
- Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
- Group life insurance
- Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
- Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
- Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
- 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
- Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- New Parent Leave
- Free Parking
- Free LinkedIn Learning
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.