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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:00pm


Seattle, WA
United States



Job Type:


Job Description:

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Environmental Education Unit seeks an experienced Naturalist for a .75 benefited position. This position will be one of three community liaisons, bringing urban environmental education to underserved communities. Programs designed will celebrate and explore our urban and natural environments. They may include public nature walks, school field trips and nature-study projects.

Job Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain partnerships with other Seattle Parks and Recreation program providers, community organizations and schools in Citywide Equity Zones (Equity Zones outlined in the City of Seattle Equity and Environment Agenda) (Download PDF reader)
  • Provide environmental education programming, experiences and stewardship opportunities to the communities in Citywide Equity Zones.
  • 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 and train volunteers or new staff about equipment.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of special events and custom programs as needed.
  • Employ established principles, practices and techniques used in developing and evaluating public education programs.  
  • Take on special job duties and small projects as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years' experience building community partnerships and coordinating programing with communities, including at least 6 months of experience supervising volunteers.
  • Bachelor degree in natural sciences, ecology, education, community service, community relations or a related field - or a combination of education, training and experience which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of the naturalist.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years' experience developing community based curriculum for urban environmental programs
  • Relevant 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Tagalog, East African languages, Chinese or Vietnamese
  • Fluent in the use of PowerPoint, Excel, Class Program Registration, Point of Sale, Facility Booking, Volgistics and ARC budgeting tools.

Additional Information

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 a twelve-passenger van 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.

Job Duration:


How to Apply:

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Job Compensation:


Compensation Information:

26.64-31.00 per hour with full benefits