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Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00pm


Seattle, WA
United States

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About Seattle Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department manages 6,200 acres of park land (11% of the city's land total) that comprise more than 400 parks and open areas and include a wide range of facilities and features. To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, visit our website, Facebook page, Twitter account or Parkways Blog.

About Camp Long and the Environmental and Outdoor Learning Unit

The Environmental and Outdoor Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation, provides experiential and environmental education opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Camp Long is a unique city park which offers overnight camping in rustic cabins, the first artificial climbing rock in the country, nature programs, and in partnership with Washington State University Extension 4H, a state of the art challenge course. 

Position Overview
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Naturalist will develop, coordinate, and implement engaging, culturally relevant natural science and environmental education programs, classes, and activities for diverse populations throughout Seattle.  Programs will emphasize the interpretation of our urban and natural environments and will include public interpretive nature walks, urban forestry restoration, school field trips and nature-study projects, teacher workshops, and family and community programs that promote environmental stewardship.


Responsibilities and Duties include:

Build and maintain strategic partnerships with other Seattle Parks and Recreation program providers and with schools and community-based organizations to expand environmental education and sustainability city-wide.
Increase environmental education and stewardship opportunities to underserved populations in Seattle area.
Develop culturally inclusive environmental education materials and publications, including curriculum, booklets, guides and multimedia visual programs.
Develop and lead trainings for staff, volunteers, and interns involved in program implementation and delivery.
Help coordinate volunteers, program support staff, and interns including recruiting, training and evaluating.
Write, edit, coordinate and distribute program promotional materials including brochures, fliers and posters.
Maintain program records and prepare reports as requested including program budgets and evaluations.
Help manage educational equipment and supplies including: maintain and procure new equipment, coordinate repairs, manage the budget, train staff about equipment and check out equipment to other facilitators.
Assist in the development and delivery of special events and custom programs as needed.
Develop opportunities to reach and engage urban youth, families and their communities to increase environmental leadership skills.
Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Two years' experience in environmental interpretive program development and teaching in natural or environmental science, or natural history, in an environmental learning center, garden, park or other educational setting.
Baccalaureate degree in natural sciences, natural resource management, education, or related field (or a combination of education, training and experience which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of the naturalist).

Desired Qualifications:

Ability to work cohesively in a team or partnership setting, as well as independently.
Creativity, resourcefulness, flexibility, and initiative.
Cultural competency and strong commitment to work with underserved/under-resourced diverse communities
Experience working with diverse age groups, from youth to adult
Knowledge of Pacific NW forest ecology and local flora/ fauna and their interrelationships and the impacts from humans on the natural environment
Ability to make connections between the urban and natural environment and make current critical environmental issues relevant to diverse audiences
Experience teaching environmental justice
Knowledge and experience in teaching ethnobotany and indigenous practices with regard to the native NW habitat
Certification from the National Association of Interpretation or a WA Teaching Certificate
Ability to demonstrate good judgment and maintain safety among program participants
Ability to take direction and feedback in a constructive manner.
Membership in the North American Association of Environmental Education or some similar professional organization
Bilingual in Spanish, Tagalog, East African languages, Chinese or Vietnamese

Work Environment/Physical Demands: 
 During nature walks and park activities, naturalists spend long periods of time standing or walking in all types of weather conditions.
Will be required to work some weekends and evenings.
Driving is required as an essential function of this position since staff must support a citywide volunteer naturalist program and associated school, public and park programs throughout Seattle.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

License, Certification and Other Requirements: 
Current valid State of Washington driver's license 
First aid and CPR certificate within six months of hire.

How to Apply:


Job #2016-01774

If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.

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