Park Naturalist-Bison Interpreter

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:00am


Luverne, MN
United States

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Job Description:

This Park Naturalist position exists to:

  • Implement, publicize and develop a year-round interpretive services program with emphasis on operating and leading Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd off-road tours.
  • Enhance the public's understanding of natural, cultural, and recreational resources at Blue Mounds State Park.
  • Inform the public about DNR programs and current environmental issues.
  • Provide outreach and foster partnerships opportunities with local communities and organizations.
  • Change visitor attitudes and behaviors in order to foster resource stewardship.

Responsibilities include:

  • To present or implement interpretive programming within Blue Mounds State Park and operate tours within the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd range, in order to promote public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of park, regional and statewide natural, cultural, recreational resources and current DNR issues and programs.
  • To develop new interpretive activities in order to attract new audiences, retain old audiences, illustrate new facts or achieve new division and department goals.
  • To research, produce, maintain, and evaluate non-personal interpretive materials according to the publication and exhibit guidelines, in order to promote public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of park, regional and statewide natural, cultural, recreational resources and current DNR issues and programs.
  • To perform administrative functions so that efficient and orderly interpretive services will be provided and documented.
  • To plan, design, and implement a public relations effort on Blue Mound State Park’s resources and interpretive services in order to inform the public of events, facilities, or management objectives of the Parks and Trails Division and the DNR. Products are focused on bison tours and Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd efforts.
  • To operate and schedule maintenance on all interpretive facilities and equipment so that interpretive activities can be presented.
  • To recruit, train, schedule, and supervise volunteers, interns and interpretive assistants so that they are able to contribute effectively to the parks interpretive services. This position has an emphasis in coordinating a Bison Ambassador volunteer group.
  • To coordinate and provide outreach interpretive services in order to foster community relationships and promote park resource management goals.
  • To work as a member of the park’s management team in assessing, planning, and implementing a resource management program.
  • To assure responsibility and accountability for safety performance.  Tasks are performed according to established safety procedures to prevent injuries and equipment damage.


Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the physical sciences such as ecology, zoology, botany, geology, OR a cultural resource-focused degree such as American History, anthropology, archeology, OR parks and recreation management OR a degree in environmental education and interpretation OR equivalent.


  • One year of recent (within the last five years) professional interpretive naturalist experience (full-time equivalent) with primary responsibility for developing and conducting natural and/or cultural resource interpretive programs and services.
  • Experience developing nonpersonal (self-guided) interpretive materials.

Other Requirements include the following:

  • Advanced oral communication skills sufficient to successfully present interpretive programs/activities on environmental and cultural values, facts and theories, in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Writing/grammar/spelling skills sufficient to develop materials, compile reports and write interesting and educational newspaper articles, publications and information for use in electronic media.
  • Advanced human relations skills sufficient to create and maintain positive, professional work relationships with staff and positive experiences for park visitors.
  • Experience in public speaking and interpersonal communication in an interpretative or environmental educational setting.
  • Understanding of interpretive methods and techniques including the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
  • Skills in historical, cultural and natural resource research and literature search techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One full calendar year (all four seasons) of recent (within the last 5 years) full-time equivalent, professional park naturalist experience.
  • Proven experience developing, organizing and conducting interpretive tours.
  • Past experience interpreting American plains bison and prairie ecosystems.
  • Experience promoting and administering fee-based interpretive tours.
  • One full year of experience providing lead work direction or supervision of interpretive staff or volunteers.
  • Experience in creating nonpersonal interpretive materials using Adobe software.
  • Skill and experience in developing interpretive exhibits and displays.
  • Experience developing and leading recreation-based interpretive programming.
  • Familiarity with Minnesota's natural & cultural resource heritage and stories.
  • Understanding of resource management goals and practices.
  • Organization skills sufficient to effectively manage multiple job duties and reservation based interpretive tours.
  • Ability to recruit and retain participants (including school groups and volunteers) and organize their activities.
  • Understanding of educational curriculum and materials in order to develop activities for K-12 students, assess the effectiveness of these activities and train others to use the park for education.
  • Proven illustration and/or photography skills.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

Physical Requirements:

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements:

*This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record.* 

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that those offered employment submit to a background check prior to employment.  All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

1. Criminal history check

2. Driver's license history

3. Reference checks

Position Start Date:

Monday, May 1, 2017

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How to Apply:

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If you have questions about the position, contact Alexander Watson at or  507-359-6062




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Compensation Information:

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 03/23/2017

Closing Date: 04/13//2017

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Parks and Trails / Region 4 / Blue Mounds State Park

Work Shift/Work Hours: Rotating Shift

Days of Work: Varies

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $19.97 - $29.00/hourly; $41,697 - $60,552/annually

Classified Status: Unclassified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214–Professional/MAPE

Work Area: Luverne, MN

Employment Condition: Temporary, part-time 80%

Anticipated Start Date: May 2017

End Date: June 30th, 2020

FLSA: Non-exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: No