Chief Teacher/Naturalist (“Naturalist CF Teacher”)

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, October 28, 2016, 10:00pm



Memphis, TN
United States

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Job Description:

Job Functions


  • Works under the direction of an assigned supervisor in the Lichterman Nature Center. 
  • Supervises, trains, and manages all teacher/naturalist positions and assigned volunteers.
  • Administers contracted staff/performers associated with Lichterman Nature Center's educational public programs. 
  • Works as the liaison between Lichterman Nature Center and the Memphis Pink Palace Public Affairs office for publicity and grant writing needs. 
  • Develops interpretive themes and educational contents, writes lesson plans, scripts, implements, monitors and evaluates the delivery of all teacher/naturalist programs.
  • Assures high customer satisfaction of delivered programs. 
  • Visits other museum facilities throughout Memphis to participate in speaking engagements, outdoor teaching, field collecting, and observing. 
  • Interacts and communicates verbally and in writing with vendors, management, staff, volunteers, government agencies and the general public on a variety of issues and concerns.


  • Performs additional functions (essential or otherwise) which may be assigned.

Typical Qualifications


  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Requires the ability to operate office equipment such as a personal computer and calculator.
  • Requires sufficient mobility to perform duties at Lichterman such as traversing uneven trails, reaching, climbing, bending, and stopping to collect natural history specimens or give outdoor programs. 
  • Must be able to carry props and exhibit equipment weighing up to 50 lbs or more. 
  • Requires the ability to operate an automobile.


  • Work is performed in both office environment and outdoors in various locations around the nature center.  
  • Drives regularly to make off-site visit to conduct various programs. 
  • Outside work requires exposure to odors, poison ivy, irritant plants, and all types of weather including heat, cold, rain, etc. 
  • Weekend, evening, and night work required.  Some holiday work may be required.
  • Offsite work is required.                               

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Science, Biological Science Education, Environmental Education or a related field of science and three (3) years related experience, with one (1) of the three (3) years in a supervisory capacity; or any combination of experience or training, which enables one to perform the essential job functions. 
  • Knowledge of basic computer software required. 
  • Must be willing to work evenings, nights, holidays and weekends. 
  • Must possess  and maintain a valid drivers license as a condition of continued employment. 

Special Requirements:

The City Charter requires that City Employees must establish residence within Shelby County within six (6) months from date of Employment. Proof of residence will be required at the time of hire.

How to Apply:

The City of Memphis will accept only online applications. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please direct them to the link above.  This link is also accessible via the COM website:

Interested parties do not need to complete the registration process to browse job openings within the City, however they will need to register to apply for any openings.  Funding is not available for interview travel or relocation.