Description / Position Overview
Lead Park Interpreter (Recreation Assistant)
In this position, you will help meet the North Cheyenne Canon Park Master Plan goals to allow for year-round operations at the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center along with increased interpretive staff presence at Hunt Falls Visitor Center and surrounding trails. You will also allow increasing interpretive engagement to enhance the experience of visitors of all ages and abilities, especially to enable children to “Get Out Doors” and enjoy healthy activities that foster learning and appreciation for North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
Essential Job Functions - an employee in this position must maintain the ability to:
Assist with training, staffing, and supervision of staff and volunteers for visitor center operations; provide high quality visitor information service, and provide information that encourages visitor safety and protection of park resources
Assist and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of outdoor education programs and activities; advance the mission of conservation and stewardship
Oversee daily operations and upkeep of the facilities; greet and welcome visitors; and respond to concerns and requests for assistance
Encourage natural and cultural resource conservation by designing, planning, and providing inclusive interpretive programming for a variety of participants
Help conduct public events; ensure that policies, procedures, and safety guidelines are adhered to by staff, volunteers, program participants, and park visitors
Oversee the registration process for programs; monitor the collection of fees and payments, and prepare bank deposits
Provide correspondence to local schools and teacher requests for outdoor education programs
Keep statistical records and prepare reports; maintain a variety of files and records; maintain program equipment and supplies
Recommend new purchases and process purchase orders
Attend various meetings, and performs a variety of duties relative to visitor services.
Provide first responder aid and communication with Fire, Rescue, and Police personnel during emergency situations
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
Knowledge of Colorado State Standards for environmental education
Knowledge of Colorado history and interpretive techniques
Ability to assist teachers with environmental education
Ability to maintain environmental education standards
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
Successful candidate will have
A high school diploma or GED supplemented by college level coursework in recreation, physical education, public health, or a related field
One year of full-time recreation program experience
Possess or obtain within three months of hire, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid certifications
Ideal candidates will also have
Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental science, biology, natural resource management, or a related field
Two years of interpretive programming experience
Possess Naturalist Guide Certification with the National Association for Interpretation
This position requires the ability to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally.
The ability to stand, walk, climb, crouch, bend, and work outdoors in extreme weather conditions is required. The ability to hike two to three miles per day over uneven terrain and steep trails is also required.
NOTE: This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.
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