Napatree Naturalist

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Address:

Watch Hill, RI
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Part-time

Job Description:

The Napatree Point Conservation Area (NTPCA) is 86 pristine acres of some of the rarest habitats in Rhode Island. It is owned and managed by the Watch Hill Fire District and The Watch Hill Conservancy. NTPCA is a community resource, open to the public year-round. NTPCA is designated as a “Globally Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society and a Climate Response Demonstration Site by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute. It is home to many species of federally and state-listed endangered species.

Napatree Naturalists assist in the stewardship and management of the NTPCA by protecting wildlife and habitats, ensuring that visitors comply with posted guidelines, educating visitors of the local natural history, and assisting in scientific data collection to support monitoring programs. Napatree Naturalists are employees of The Watch Hill Conservancy and report directly to the Napatree Point Conservation Area Manager.

The Napatree Naturalist position is a seasonal, part-time position at 20-25 hours per week. Naturalists must work at least one 5-hour weekend shift per week. Additional hours may be available for assisting with special programs and stewardship work.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed a minimum of 3 years of a bachelor’s degree studies or equivalent in training and experience in listed duties.
  • Must be able to work 20-25 hours per week from May to September. (Start and end dates are flexible.)
  • Must be able to work at least one 5-hour weekend shift per week.
  • Must be able to walk long distances in the sand and rough terrain.
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather and occasional weather-related uncomfortable conditions.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and professionally with NTPCA visitors.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field relevant to public service, natural resource conservation, environmental science, wildlife biology, or environmental education.
  • A basic understanding of the flora and fauna of Rhode Island.
  • A passion for the conservation of nature and education of the public.
  • Skills and experience in public engagement.
  • Ability to drive utility terrain vehicles.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified.

 

COMPENSATION:

This is a seasonal, part-time position that requires working 20-25 hours per week, including weekend hours. Compensation is $20.00 per hour.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  1. Ensure visitors are compliant with posted guidelines for the NTPCA.
  2. Conduct beach patrols and answer visitor questions about the natural history of Napatree.
  3. Conduct systematic counts of beach visitors and boats. Report visitor usage to NTPCA management according to NTPCA policies.
  4. Assist in stewardship activities that require carrying equipment moderate distances.
  5. Assist, when needed, in scientific data collection related to and/or for the benefit of the NTPC.
  6. Assist, when needed, in delivering education programs, outreach programs, and natural history walks in the NTPCA.
  7. Record and report unusual situations or wildlife sightings, especially those involving protected species in the NTPCA.

Job Duration:

Seasonal

Temporary

How to Apply:

Applications can be submitted by email as PDF attachments are preferred. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Please provide the following materials:

  1. Letter of application stating your qualifications for and interest in the position.
  2. A current resume that includes relevant work experience and academic training.
  3. Name, affiliation, postal address, telephone number, and email address for three references. (References will not be contacted without the expressed permission of the applicant.)

Send your application materials or questions to:

Daniel Cole, Napatree Point Conservation Area Manager

Daniel@TheWatchHillConservancy.org