Seasonal Naturalist

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00pm



Portland, OR
United States

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Job Description:

In this position, you will work in collaboration with staff and volunteers to help coordinate complex seasonal education program schedules. You will help train volunteers and other educators to ensure inclusive, effective and safe programs. You will be expected to be flexible, meet participants where they are, and allow the questions from the group to drive what information you share.
The position is based at the Oregon Zoo and Metro Regional Center. The Seasonal Naturalist will lead programs and volunteers at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Blue Lake Park, Scouters Mountain and other Metro parks and natural areas. Evening and weekend work is required.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

One position is available. March 1 – End of November 2018: Hours variable, 24 to 40 hours per week.  Not to exceed 1040 hours in one year.


  • Must be 18 years or older (works with motorized vehicles/equipment).
  • Must have at least two years' experience leading and coordinating outdoor education programming.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license. 
  • Must be willing to work a variety of shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive criminal background check.
  • Must have experience leading education programs for racially and culturally diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain safe, comfortable and effective learning environment in outdoor settings and under a wide variety of conditions.
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual abilities such as Spanish, Russian or Vietnamese are desirable.
  • Skills and experience designing and producing educational materials and props. 
  • Skills and experience working with youth.
  • Ability to be flexible and meet the needs of the participants on programs in innovative and creative ways.
  • Experience coordinating volunteers.
  • Although not required, a bachelor's degree is desired.

How to Apply:

To apply: visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.