Community Educator

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:00am


Fort Collins, CO
United States

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REQUISITION #:  req991



BENEFIT CATEGORY: Full-time Hourly View Classifications & Benefits

EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Hourly

HOURLY RATE:   $18.00 - 22.00 per hour (based on relevant experience)


Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 1/25/2017.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background, motor vehicle check and drug test required.


The Community Educator will be responsible for designing, implementing and delivering programming for the public at City of Fort Collins natural areas. The Community Educator will develop, organize, and promote a wide variety of interpretive and educational programs about local ecology, astronomy, and history (if appropriate), and coordinate delivery of these programs. The Community Programs Educator will work with fulltime education staff and Master Naturalist education volunteers to implement and evaluate the programming.

Work schedule:

Tuesday-Saturday and up to 3 evenings a week

It is the goal of the Natural Areas Department to continue its high quality programming to diverse ages and audiences on a variety of natural areas, to continually work to improve public programming based on audience feedback, community needs, and Natural Areas Department goals.


The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this posi­tion and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Within programming parameters set by permanent staff, create a schedule of community educational programs and activities to be delivered mostly May-October of each calendar year.
  • With Education Coordinator and community partners, develop new and expanded programming as appropriate.
  • Assist with annual public program guide (Tracks & Trails) development and publication process.
  • Recruit appropriate Master Naturalists to fill the teaching slots, mentor volunteers, and manage program materials.
  • Manage the daily schedule, materials, and logistics of delivering public educational programs.
  • Supervise and mentor volunteer Master Naturalists and Master Naturalist Assistants.  Provide constructive verbal and written feedback to volunteers.
  • Assist with annual Master Naturalist training and certification process.
  • Maintain accurate participant statistics and assist with the evaluation process.
  • Strive to ensure that each volunteer has a positive experience and feels appreciated.
  • May schedule and coordinate continuing education classes for volunteers.
  • Teach educational programs when a volunteer is not available.
  • Assist with school programs, special events, booths, and projects (such as wildlife cameras) as needed.
  • Attend weekly staff and coordination meetings.
  • Be an ambassador for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department by communicating the City’s goals, management philosophy and key messages.
  • Adhere to dress code and use of safety gear.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Not responsible for supervising regular employees; responsible for supervising volunteers.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, stand, and walk up to four miles on paved and natural surface trails of moderate difficulty. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and will also spend time in an office environment where the noise level is moderate. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


It is expected that the employee will work part of their time in a shared office at the Natural Areas Department offices. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Telecommuting from an off-site location (space and equipment provided by employee) is acceptable for part of the work time. Time will be spent outdoors leading educational programs, sometimes in inclement weather.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the nec­essary functions of this position.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver enthusiastic, accurate, educational, creative, and entertaining presentations to a variety of audiences of all ages.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with volunteers and leading environmental education field trips.
  • Experience coordinating complex logistics and multiple events at once.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding skills in working with the public.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team, with staff and partners and with the public.
  • Ability to work independently, good independent judgment, discretion, and initiative.
  • Ability to be organized and efficient, even in a busy environment.
  • Experience providing verbal and written feedback to education volunteers and professionals.
  • Ability to gain detailed knowledge of the Natural Areas Department’s education materials.
  • Ability to learn the natural and cultural history of northern Colorado.
  • Working knowledge of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department’s services.
  • Ability to use a computer for communications, internet, word processing, and basic spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to learn and use “Engage,” an online volunteer management system.
  • Ability to drive volunteers and staff in vans that hold ten or more people.


 Bachelor's degree in environmental education, natural resources management, ecology, or related field from an accredited college or university, plus two years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Valid drivers license;
  • Certification to drive a ten-person or larger van (certification process provided by NAD during work time);
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation) and/or Certified Environmental Educator (Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education) given preference.


Pay range: $18-$22 per hour.

This position averages 40 hours a week with some weeks having more hours and some weeks less, not to exceed 40 hours in any one week. Evening and weekend work is regularly required. The season for this position is February 15–November 15, 2017.

This is a position of trust as the employee regularly interacts with youth and other potentially vulnerable persons.  At the application stage and during employment, background investigations may be done as the City deems necessary.

This information sheet describes the benefits for hourly employees

 in accordance with the policy in the City of Fort Collins Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual 

Unclassified employees work at the mutual consent of the City and the employee. Either the employee or the City may terminate the relationship at will at any time with or without cause or notice, unless the employee has a specific written employment contract to the contrary signed by both the employee and the City Manager. Unclassified employees do not become classified employees or otherwise change unclassified categories with the passage of time in an unclassified position. Unclassified employees have no right to become classified employees.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to race, religion, gender, age (40 years or older), national origin, color, creed, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by law.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.