This position is designed as an entry level, full time position to conduct natural resource stewardship, ecological research/monitoring and natural resource interpretation.
Under the direction of the district Natural Resource Steward, lead the Eastern Parks District stewardship crew in their activities to maintain and restore terrestrial natural communities across State Parks in eastern Missouri.
Coordinate with Missouri State Park Staff, interagency partners, academic partners, contract laborers, professional societies and others to further natural resource stewardship goals of Missouri State Parks.
Plan and conduct interpretive programming to staff and members of the public relating to natural resource stewardship, ecology and organismal identification.
Assist with efforts to implement prescribed fire across St. Louis area and southeastern Missouri State Parks, encompassing over 14,000 acres of designated prescribed fire units.
Work to monitor presence of and eradicate invasive plant species.
Operate and maintain a variety of equipment including trucks, UTVs, ATVs, chainsaws,
backpack blowers and others.
Assist with feral hog eradication efforts in selected State Parks in southeast Missouri.
Assist with and conducts survey efforts, specimen identification, specimen collection and data entry for a variety of common to rare plant and animal species.
Attend a variety of professional level trainings, workshops and conferences to build skillsets in the realm of ecology, natural resource stewardship and interpretation.
Become familiar with and utilize software/hardware pertinent to natural resource stewardship including but not limited to Arcmap, GPS units, and Microsoft office tools.
Complete an application at www.ease.mo.gov.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Environmental, Biological or Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Resource Management, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Parks and Outdoor Recreation, or a closely related field.
Four or more years of experience in interpretation work, including presenting tours and educational programs; conducting interpretive hikes or walks; using audio-visual equipment and/or presenting museum gallery programs at a park, historic site, or museum; researching and/or presenting information relating to artifacts or archaeological sites; teaching science or history; or comparable experience in a conservation or environmental program; and, possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.
(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university in Environmental, Biological or Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Resource Management, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Parks and Outdoor Recreation, or a closely related field may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)