POSITION: NATURALIST II -CITIZEN SCIENCE SPECIALIST
LOCATION: GARDINER, MONTANA
REPORTS TO: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE PROGRAMS
Interviews begin September 9th, 2019, so please get you application in early! For any questions, email Jamie Bach at JBach@yellowstone.org.
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 II/Program Specialists 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.
As a Citizen Science Program Specialist, this position is further responsible for the independent development and support of the citizen science program. With that specialty, the individual will be expected to serve as one of the primary resources supporting that focus area within the Institute. As an educational leader, this position provides mentorship and support of fellow instructors.
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.
Instruction and Engagement
Prepare, support, and teach 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
Propose and develop new educational programs
Participate in community engagement efforts with gateway communities.
Help with recruitment for program participants, contract instructors, guest speakers, and new staff instructors.
Assist with content preparation, revision, and organization as well as 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
Citizen Science Specialist Duties
Serve as a Citizen Science Specialist, assisting in the development, delivery, and coordination of citizen science programming including recruitment of citizen science program volunteers, tracking volunteer time, coordinating with NPS to determine Citizen Science projects, developing program protocols, and providing guidance, training, and support to other institute educators.
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
Serve as a role model in understanding and following YF policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations
Serve as a role model in taking initiative in communications with organizational management
Serve as a role model in representing the organization accurately and positively
Serve as a role model in the consistent demonstration of professionalism in conduct and attire
Serve as a role model in consistent completion of all forms, reports, and required program documentation properly
Serve as a role model in the demonstration of competence in time management when preparing for and delivering programs
Assist in the preparation and delivery of instructor training
Assist with the development of written training materials and guidance for instructors
Serve as a mentor for other Institute instructors
Provide observations for other Institute Instructors
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
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.
3-5 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
Demonstrated knowledge in natural history and educational pedagogy for environmental education.
Demonstrated experience and expertise in citizen science
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
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
Experience with recruitment of program participants, instructors, and guest speakers
Demonstrated experience with distance learning, digital education, educational videos, webinars, webcasts, script writing, and digital program assessment
Demonstrated experience working with diverse and underserved audiences
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