Field Institute Naturalist-California

Sequoia Parks Conservancy
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
13.75-14.25 per hour
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Field Institute Naturalist Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are popular destination parks for families, international visitors, and diverse individuals. Park visitors seek opportunities for recreation, learning, volun-tourism, sightseeing, and more. The Programs Manager oversees the day-to-day operation of park-wide programming and provides daily oversight, support, and supervision for Field Institute naturalists. The Programs Manager also assists to design and implement special park events such as Dark Sky Festival and various living history and other arts-based events. The manager will also give interpretive programs and activities in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and surrounding communities. The Field Institute Naturalist is an hourly employee. There are no benefits with this position. ABOUT THE CONSERVANCY Since 1940 the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) has been the official non-profit education and philanthropic partner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Our mission is to connect park visitors to something they love. In 1983 the Conservancy established the Field Institute to provide naturalist guides for the education and interpretation of park resources. Crystal Cave was one of the first places that the Conservancy could help. The Field Institute now preserves and protects other park resources such as the Pear Lake Winter Hut, Beetle Rock Education Center, and provides programs and activities to almost 80,000 eager park visitors each year. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES  With proper training and guidance, develop, write, and deliver interpretive programs throughout the park in subjects including but not limited to: karst hydrology, speleology, astronomy, park flora and fauna, park history, living history, and geology.  With proper training and guidance deliver programs including but not limited to: Crystal Cave programs, Living History programs, Astronomy programs, park flora and fauna programs, and telescope programs.  Input programs statistics after the delivery of every program  Continually develop knowledge and understanding of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) missions, policies and procedures, and park facilities and features.  Adhere to the policies and procedures of SPC and the NPS  Adhere to and engage in SPC safety procedures and safety program  Learn, adhere to, and engage in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of SPC and the Field Institute  Continually develop knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks.  Promote SPC mission, programs, membership, merchandise, services, and fundraising efforts  Provide accurate and complete information to park visitors  With proper training and guidance correctly operate an electronic point-of-sales (POS) system  With proper training and guidance safely and correctly operate a Celestron 11” telescope and laser pointer  Correctly distribute change to park visitors making purchasing in in-park stores  Continually stock and clean merchandise throughout the in-park stores  Conduct daily vehicle inspections of SPC vehicles  Maintain and clean Crystal Cave restrooms throughout the day  Maintain and clean Crystal Cave parking lot, trash, and employee areas throughout the day  Maintain and clean the Crystal Cave interior and exterior trails throughout the day  Wear and maintain an SPC uniform and Living History costume  Maintain valid first-aid, CPR, and AED certifications  Maintain a clean and valid driver’s license  Work weekend, holiday, and night-time hours SECONDARY DUTIES  When needed, staff visitor center information desks throughout the parks and provide accurate and complete information to park visitors  Assist with SPC administration duties when requests  With proper training and guidance assist with the repair and maintenance of the Crystal Cave electrical system  Post information flyers throughout the parks SUPERVISION RECEIVED Supervised by the Field Institute Programs Manager and Crystal Cave Manager. SUPERVISIONS EXERCISED None. TOOLS/EQUIPMENT UTILIZED A computerized cash register with POS system, SPC vehicle, hand truck, ten-key calculator, two-way handheld radio, NPS phone system, propane generator, flashlights, solar system, computer and tablets with Microsoft and Google products, caving equipment and gear. Employees may be required to drive personal vehicles for official business COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Sequoia Parks Conservancy offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Compensation for this opportunity will be commensurate with the level of responsibility of the job and the experience of the candidate. Submit a cover letter and resume to referencing “Field Institute Naturalist” in the subject line of the email. SEQUOIA PARKS CONSERVANCY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Sequoia Parks Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any applicant based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, age, disability, marital status, or veteran’s status.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS  Experience in guiding and resource interpretation preferred  Excellent communication and speaking skills  Experience speaking to large groups  Teaching experience preferred  Acting or performing experience desired  Degree or equivalent experience in education, science, and/or history  Current first-aid, CPR, and AED certification  Experience with Microsoft Office and Google suite  Secondary language desired WORK ENVIRONMENT Maintained trails, cross-country routes, and buildings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and USACE Lake Kaweah, Crystal Cave, and other outdoor settings in favorable and inclement weather. The work environment includes working and driving in the early morning, daytime, evening and nighttime conditions. Working in the parks exposes employees to unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations. Examples are rock fall, radon exposure in Crystal Cave, lightning, working at night, wildlife encounters (bees/wasps, black bears, etc.) or driving at night. This position is physically demanding. Employees need to be able to walk a half mile up and down a steep grade on an uneven surface in twenty minutes, multiple times per day. Employees must be able to carry a loaded daypack on the cave trail and move heavy inventory. To apply online:
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