Kleb Woods Nature Preserve & Historic Farm, John Paul Landing Environmental Education Center, and Cypress Top Historic Park
We are looking for a park interpreter to work in the special use parks of Precinct 3 in Harris County, Texas. A successful candidate will be have good writing and speaking skills and an interest in both nature and history. They must be highly adaptable to audiences of all ages and interests as well as flexible in job assignments. They must have the ability to work on several projects simultaneously.
GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Park Manager this position is responsible for interpretation and preservation of Precinct 3 Parks as assigned. This position assists with daily operations, maintenance, repair, cultural and natural resource interpretation, presentation of educational programs, and routine customer service. Duties include housekeeping and minor repair and maintenance of buildings and grounds, especially as it applies to display and interpretive areas. Assists with visitor registration. Conducts tours and programs, and assists with development of exhibits and interpretive programming. Provides direction to volunteers, interns, and alternative workforce. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.
WORKING CONDITIONS: (1) Public use facility open seven days per week; (2) Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturday, Sunday, and holidays; (3) Required to work flexible schedules as needed; (4) Required to perform duties outdoors and work in all types of weather as well as in non-climate controlled buildings; (5) Non-smoking environment in County buildings and vehicles; (6) Required to adjust to changing schedules.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
Preferred Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, Environmental Science, Forestry, Botany, Entomology, Range Science, or another field biology related degree.
Experience: Some experience in interpretation or education, such as a summer intern or volunteer in a nature center, park, museum, historic site or similar institution, or as a student teacher.
License/Certifications: Must possess or be able to obtain, within thirty days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license. NOTE: Retention of position is contingent on obtaining and maintaining required license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (1) Knowledge of English, spelling, math, and writing skills; (2) Knowledge of natural and/or cultural resource management and conservation principles; (3) Knowledge of local flora and fauna is important. Knowledge of American and Texas history and/or the German language is a plus; (4) Knowledge of interpretative/educational programming and techniques such as exhibit development and special events; (5) Knowledge to develop, implement, manage, publicize, and evaluate related interpretive programs; (6) Knowledge to properly maintain scientific collections and/or cultural artifacts and historic property; (7) Skill in effective verbal and written communication with public, co-workers, and volunteers; (8) Skill in developing and presenting accurate and creative guided tours and educational and interpretive programs to audiences of all ages; (9) Skill in using a personal computer in a Windows-based environment to include Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point. Familiarity with Photoshop a plus;
(10) Knowledge of care and handling of educational animals, including birds, snakes, and other small vertebrates; (11) Skill to assist with various park duties such as maintenance, administration, or customer service duties on an as-needed basis; (12) Ability to perform manual labor, including lifting of supplies and materials, in accordance with agency safety program, work rules, and resource conservation principles; (13) Skill to operate hand tools, power tools, chainsaws, and various other equipment; (14) Ability to handle complaints, emergencies, and a high volume of people; (15) Ability to make sound, independent judgments without continual supervision; (16) Ability to coordinate the work of others, work with distractions, and handle multiple tasks effectively; (17) Ability to work well with diverse groups and age ranges; (18) Ability to work on multiple tasks as part of a flexible team with changing priorities; (19) Ability to work with others as a team and promote professionalism in the workplace.
Additional Requirements: (1) Submit resumes and professional references to Fred Collins, Director of Kleb Woods Nature Preserve and Historic Farm and Cypress Top Historic Park, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
(2) A photocopy of your college transcript(s) from an accredited institution must be submitted with your resume. If hired, you will have to supply a certified copy of your transcript.