This position will serve as the Coordinator of the Chinsegut Conservation Center located on the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area near Brooksville, Florida.
The position oversees interpretive programs for FWC’s wildlife management areas; develops and implements outreach programs focusing on public engagement in wildlife stewardship and collaborates with Divisions and Offices to identify and assist with CSI needs based on agency conservation priorities.
Specific duties include:
Assist Division of Habitat and Species Conservation and other divisions as required to manage natural resources on the Wildlife and Environmental Area
Update and implement the nature center’s operational plan
Prepare and manage the center’s yearly budget
Prepare grant applications and corporate sponsorships to support center programs
Develop and implement partnerships with relevant organizations and stakeholder groups
Provide evaluation and analysis of current educational efforts and make recommendations for future programs to include both qualitative and quantitative analysis
Perform general administration duties
Maintain a safe, clean nature center that is welcoming to all people
Visitor and Public Interaction
Communicate effectively to visitors about the nature center through in-person, telephone and during program/event interactions
Promote the nature center programs, fundraising efforts and various other ways people can support the mission of the center
Respond to visitor inquiries via the phone, in person, and e-mail as needed
Maintain up-to-date information about the WEA and nature center program opportunities at center kiosks, on websites, social media and other venues
Volunteer Coordination: Coordinate and manage volunteer contributions to the nature center through:
recruitment of volunteers and interns
documenting volunteer contributions
ensuring positive and rewarding experiences for all volunteers
ensuring strong retention of volunteers
coordination with the Southwest Region Volunteer Coordinator
maintaining and updating the nature center’s volunteer handbook
maintaining and updating the nature center’s volunteer job duties
Design and implement effective youth educational activity/information/programs that accomplish the center’s goals and objectives
Design and implement adult and family activities and programs that accomplish the center’s goals and objectives
Design and implement programming in coordination with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, including summer programming for school-age children
Create and maintain an engaging learning environment for public entering and utilizing the nature center
Assure that high quality, hands on nature education programming is provided in all areas of the nature center’s education programs
Administrative Duties: Attend staff meetings, prepare required forms, participate in professional development courses, complete timesheets in a timely and through manor, respond to telephone and mail inquires.
Working hours: Include weekends and some evenings as needed for programs
List of any subordinates supervised:
OPS Education Specialist
A cover letter and resume should be included with the application package.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Nearest Major Market: Tampa
QUALIFICATIONS: This is not an entry level position. Strong interpersonal skills are required to lead, supervise and mentor employees and volunteers, and to develop and leverage partnerships with other agencies and organizations.
Level of Education- Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and three years of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program; or a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional experience as described above; or a doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the biological sciences; and one year of supervisory experience.
Knowledge of regional ecosystems and Florida natural history
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication; interpretive, outreach and educational processes and methods
Ability to plan and prepare strategic and operational plans
Ability to manage operational budgets and fundraising initiatives
Willingness and aptitude to learn wildlife and land management practices as needed to teach programs
Experienced in creating a welcoming environment for public access and engagement with natural areas
Experienced in delivering conservation education programs and implementing outdoor and conservation activities with diverse age groups from school-age children to seniors
Experienced in partnering with diverse groups and stakeholders
Skilled in public speaking
Skilled in community relations
Skilled in using computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite and MS Teams
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments for staff and volunteers
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Ability to work independently
Ability to communicate effectively
Job requirements therefore consist of the KSAs described above, or a solid foundation of conservation education program development and management, strong knowledge of Florida ecosystems, coupled with the motivation, initiative and proclivity to quickly develop and apply the KSAs listed above.