Jobs Naturalist - Conservation


$23.37 - $29.91/hour


Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek

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The Pottawattamie County Conservation Department is announcing the hiring of a full-time Naturalist. 

This position is primarily responsible for the development, coordination, promotion, and presentation of the Pottawattamie Conservation’s environmental education programs and interpretive programs.   

Interested applicants are required to submit a Resume with Cover Letter, along with their application.

Position will remain posted, until filled.


Essential Functions

Develop and present educational and interactive programs with a focus on natural resources, the environment, science, technology, and other similar areas.


Develop interpretive exhibits for the Loess Hills lodge, schools, libraries and other facilities as directed.


Assist with the development of informational and marketing materials to promote Pottawattamie Conservation education programs.  


Assist with the promotion of conservation and educational programs through the use of traditional and social media platforms.  Contribute to the departmental e-newsletter when requested.


Assist with gift shop management as needed or directed.


Assist with monitoring cleanliness of Loess Hills Lodge and cleaning of facility as needed or as directed by Environmental Education Coordinator.


Supervise summer interns, part-time employees, and volunteers as needed.


Maintain environmental education materials and equipment, including the annual inventory.

Stay current and work collaboratively with the Pottawattamie Conservation staff to ensure excellence and maintain continuous improvement of the Pottawattamie Conservation environmental education programs and projects.


Work effectively with teachers, students, volunteers and the public in the implementation of Pottawattamie Conservation environmental education programs,  projects, and events.  


Work with Pottawattamie County school districts to match current curriculum with Pottawattamie Conservation education programs.


Participate in county conservation special events (e.g. PCF events, Expos, Pancake Feed, Chili Fest) as assigned by Environmental Education Coordinator and/or Deputy Director.


Articulate Pottawattamie Conservation’s mission to the community and collaborate with the Pottawattamie Conservation staff in the implementation of the mission.


Willingness to assist in land management activities as needed including but not limited to prescribed fire.


Assist with visitor services desk at Loess Hills Lodge as scheduled to serve as ambassador of the Pottawattamie Conservation by greeting visitors, answering phones, booking rentals and programs, monitoring materials (e.g. brochure rack stocked, equipment check out, such as snowshoes, GPS units), and assisting with gift shop inventory.


Assist with completing daily tasks on Lodge visitor services checklist when volunteers are not present, including spot cleaning of exhibits and entry area, overseeing Curiosity Cove regularly and monitoring restrooms as needed.  


Assist with new projects and perform other tasks as assigned by the Environmental Education Coordinator and/or Deputy Director.

Perform other duties as directed or as the situation dictates.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Knowledge of and the ability to coordinate, develop, and conduct environmental educational programs.


Knowledge of and ability to utilize field identification procedures for plants, flowers, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and other natural resources.


Knowledge of and ability to plan and participate in outdoor recreational activities including but not limited to archery, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

Working knowledge and skill in the use of computers and software programs including Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Power Point).  Competency in database management as well as publishing software such as Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Canva, or equivalent.  Ability to learn departmental software programs.


Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite is a plus.


Two-years experience in program teaching is preferred but not required.

Traditional and social media marketing and graphic design experience is preferred.


Knowledge and/or experience with conservation land management techniques is a plus.


Must have basic knowledge and ability to learn and use popular social media platforms, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the creation and posting of blog posts for the promotion of conservation and educational programs.


Motivation as a self-starter, able to demonstrate a superior work ethic and have the ability to multi-task, be detail oriented, plan efficiently, and to represent Pottawattamie Conservation and the Environmental Education program enthusiastically.


Strong writing, editing, and verbal communications skills are a must. Excellent public speaking skills are required.


Must be a strong team player with the ability to fill multiple roles in a short time period.


Must possess professionalism and strong public relations skills with staff, volunteers, and the public.


Possess exceptional organizational skills as well as time management ability.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, various organizations, and the general public.


Must have flexible schedule with the ability to work evenings, limited holidays, weekends as required, and the ability to travel, including some overnight travel.


Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Education, Nature Interpretation, Environmental Science or related field required.  


Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment. 

Must successfully obtain CPR and basic first aid certification within a time frame established by the employer.   Certifications shall be maintained throughout the course of employment. 

For me, it is the satisfaction of helping the community, and providing service both here and in Eastern Pottawattamie County at the Avoca Courthouse.

Lea, Treasurer
44 Years with Pottawattamie County
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