Yellowstone Forever
Gardiner, Montana
Job Category
Full time Positions
Negotiable- $17/hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION: NATURALIST I LOCATION: GARDINER, MONTANA REPORTS TO: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE PROGRAMS STATUS: FULL-TIME/YEAR-ROUND/EXEMPT SUMMARY DESCRIPTION Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. Naturalist I are part of a progressive and dedicated Institute team responsible for the largely independent development and delivery of in-depth world-class educational programs in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding ecosystem, important to executing the mission, drawing on expertise in the field(s). As a naturalist, they must be knowledgeable about many aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including the natural history, ecology, geology, and cultural history of the region; the identification, biology, behavior, and habitat of the wildlife; and ongoing resource management issues and preservation efforts in the ecosystem. As an educator, they independently teach a wide array of programs for children and adults, ranging in length from one hour to over a week, and incorporating many disciplines including both art and science. Program types include youth and college, private tours, teacher workshops, adult programs, and philanthropic programs. They are experienced outdoor leaders who create a comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and while driving them in Institute vehicles. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Instruction and Engagement Prepare, support, and teach with minimal supervision a wide variety of exceptional, field-based, educational programs, reflecting YF’s educational philosophy, to various ages, demographics, fitness levels, and learning styles with the goal of connecting visitors to Yellowstone and building a constituency for preservation Assist with the coordination of teaching material and equipment management Represent and promote Yellowstone Forever at conferences, on press trips, supporter events, outreach events, and in the field Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including the natural, cultural, and geologic history, wildlife and management issues, and conservation challenges Articulate the Yellowstone Forever mission and encourage participation in the organization through philanthropic support, volunteerism, and Institute programs Promote Yellowstone Forever philanthropy-supported park projects and retail operations within educational programs Emphasize the protection of park resources, Leave No Trace practices, and adherence to YF’s Code of Ethics and regulations Risk Management and Safety Operate vehicles, including 14-passenger minibuses and other vehicles, safely and defensively and follow appropriate vehicle safety checklists Anticipate and manage potential hazards or group issues that might arise due to wildlife, terrain, weather, or student attitude/ability Prepare students for the field through pre-course and daily orientations Exercise sound judgment and manage groups effectively under changing, stressful, or emergency conditions Follow YF emergency procedures and facilitate emergency response Professionalism Understand and follow YF policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations Take initiative in communications with organizational management Represent the organization accurately and positively Consistently demonstrate professionalism in conduct and attire Consistently complete all forms, reports, and required program documentation properly Demonstrate competence in time management when preparing for and delivering programs Training Assist in the preparation and delivery of instructor training Other Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with YF employees, volunteers and partners Travel into Yellowstone, throughout the Greater Yellowstone area and other, as required Other tasks as assigned by the supervisor or other designated leadership
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS 1-2 years of professional experience in teaching, environmental education, or interpretation A bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution or equivalent experience Experience teaching inquiry-based, student-centered programs Strong commitment to the educational mission of Yellowstone Forever Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications, or willingness to attain and maintain these certifications This position involves driving YF vehicles, therefore applicants must be 21 years of age or older, maintain a valid US driver’s license for a minimum of two years, and maintain a favorable driving record for insurance purposes The ability to pass and maintain a Department of Transportation medical exam and YF driver training A satisfactory criminal background check is a condition of employment Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, hike up to twelve miles on uneven terrain, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and work outdoors in all weather conditions common to the region while carrying a pack weighing up to 40 pounds Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner Team player with excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner Ability to maintain positive working relationships with colleagues and park partners Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree in relevant field of study Working knowledge of ecology, geology, and the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Experience as an environmental educator in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Demonstrated experience with distance learning, digital education, educational videos, webinars, webcasts, script writing, and digital program assessment Direct experience creating and teaching curriculum for K-12 students Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills Teaching certification, Leave No Trace (LNT), Certified Interpretive Guide and/or other related certifications Proven teamwork and communication skills Experience working in a non-profit environment Yellowstone Forever is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
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Jamie Bach
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