Interpretive Naturalist 2 - Fort Snelling State Park
MN Department of Natural Resources - Division of Parks and Trails
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: $22.94 - $33.30/hourly
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and paid holidays.
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 57095
This Interpretive Naturalist position exists to develop, publicize and implement a welcoming and inclusive state parks and trails interpretive, environmental education and information services to: enhance the public's awareness, appreciation and understanding of cultural, natural and recreational resources; foster resource stewardship; and to inform the public about the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) programs and current environmental issues.
Interpretive services are also provided in the metro area through outreach opportunities to underserved populations and communities.
The area served by this position includes approximately 900,000 annual visitors and outreach audiences. Interpretive services participants include park visitors, local communities, underserved populations, organized groups, public and private schools, other units within the Minnesota DNR, park support groups, special interest groups, volunteers, media outlets, and other governmental organizations.
Work hours are generally 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, typically including weekends (with two consecutive days off during the week) and holidays. Includes occasional evening shifts such as 1:00 to 9:30 PM.
• Develop, present, and evaluate programs that include multiple perspectives and use a variety of interpretive methods and techniques. Presentations are primarily provided in-person.
• Recruit, train, lead and schedule interpretive program interns and volunteers.
• Identify local communities underrepresented in parks and trails and provide interpretive experiences for them that provides awareness of facilities and programs.
• Reach out to underserved audiences and provide inclusive interpretive experiences.
• Promote programs and events online, through publications, and with media and community organizations.
• Research natural and cultural history information from a variety of sources to develop interpretive activities, write content for exhibits, and answer visitor questions.
• Perform administrative functions such as tracking program attendance, writing reports, managing budgets, and participating in staff meetings.
• Contribute to local environmental educational efforts by offering teacher education workshops and programs for schools.
• Serve as technical resource for local community, park visitors and staff by providing information about area and park resources.
• Discuss and exchange information on park operations, interpretive services, and resource management issues with park staff team.
• Participate in the development of park unit interpretive plans and park management plans.
• A Bachelor's degree in environmental education and interpretation OR one of the physical sciences such as ecology, zoology, botany, geology, OR a cultural resource-focused degree such as Indigenous Studies, history, anthropology, archeology OR parks and recreation management OR an equivalent.
• One year of professional experience that includes responsibilities for developing and conducting natural and/or cultural resource interpretive programs and services.
Additional Requirements include the following:
• Advanced human relations skills to create and maintain positive, professional work relationships with staff and positive experiences for park visitors.
• Advanced oral communication skills to:
o Present information on environmental and cultural values and facts and theories in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups. o Provide direction to staff. o Participate in media interviews.
• Experience in public speaking, interpersonal communication, interpretation, or education.
• Organizational skills to develop schedules and implement interpretive services.
• Skills in cultural, historical, and natural resource research and literature search techniques.
• Writing skills sufficient to develop materials, compile reports, and write interesting and educational newspaper articles.
• Understanding of interpretive techniques including the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
• Ability to manage visitors and deal with emergency response situations.
• Understanding of educational curriculum and materials to develop activities for K-12 students, assess the effectiveness of these activities and train others to use the park for education.
• Experience developing relationships with communities that have a culture different than one’s own or coursework in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
• Knowledge of the natural resources and cultural history of Minnesota.
• Knowledge of the local indigenous cultures and perspectives as they pertain to the natural resources and cultural history of the region.
• Knowledge sufficient to identify plants and animals.
• Experience providing outreach to underserved populations and communities.
• Experience supervising or leading the work of others.
• Understanding of basic interpretive exhibit and display standards and techniques.