Fri, Dec 6, 2019
Benton County Iowa

Interpretive Naturalist

Date Posted: 3/26/2019
Department: Conservation
Type of Employment: Full-Time

Benton County Conservation Board- Interpretive Naturalist
Position: Interpretive Naturalist Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Interns and Volunteers
At will position appointed by and reporting to the Executive Director. Plans, develops, coordinates, and
presents environmental education and interpretive programs for schools and other youth groups, adults, and
the general public in order to create a more environmentally literate citizenry.
• Develops lesson plans, curricula, and related educational materials for use in educating the public and
targeted groups about nature, conservation, and the environment. Target groups include, but are not limited
to: youth groups, schools, civic clubs, volunteer organizations, senior citizens, people with disabilities,
camps and general public.
• Schedules programs and activities, and maintains records of activities, dates, times, and groups served. Also
schedules programs and activities conducted by intern staff.
• Educates teachers and other educators and youth leaders in areas pertaining to teaching styles, nature,
conservation practices, and the environment. Presents at, and hosts, educator workshops.
•Writes program goals and objectives. Constantly evaluates the attainment of specific objectives key to
reaching the desired goals of environmental education. Reports evaluations to the Executive Director, and
responds to feedback.
• Acquires and reads relevant publications, attends conferences and workshops, and maintains a standard of
professionalism as outlined by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
• Develops printed materials and educational displays including articles, news releases, pamphlets, brochures,
handouts, quarterly newsletter, videos, A-V programs, interpretive displays/exhibits, signs, and self-guided
• Represents the Conservation Board with good public relations efforts, plans and implements fund-raising and
grant writing relative to the environmental education program.
• Enlists, coordinates, and supervises interns, volunteers, and coordinates the use of paid/contracted speakers.
• Assists other staff members in caring for live animals in exhibits, implementing habitat management, and
general maintenance.
INCIDENTAL JOB DUTIES: Any other duties as assigned or required by the Executive Director
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, or be able to explain and
demonstrate that the individual can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without
reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skill and abilities.
• Proficient in the use of computers, A-V equipment, cameras, and other media-related tools.
• Ability to demonstrate outdoor skills such as canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, archery, etc.
• Familiarity with arts relevant to nature interpretation, with a certain degree of proficiency in arts and crafts.
• Capacity to use various hand and carpentry tools.
• Capacity to use feet and legs to walk, fingers and hands to grasp various objects.
• Requires creativity, enthusiasm, good judgement, initiative, flexibility, poise, sense of humor, willingness to
grow professionally and stay current in the field.
• Ability to establish and evaluate long and short-term goals; advanced knowledge of nature field ID, ecology,
conservation principles and practices, outdoor skills, and the environment.
• Ability to understand, analyze, interpret, and explain conservation laws, principles, and practices both verbally
and in writing.
• Ability to develop curricula using, and understanding of, teaching methods and learning styles.
• Ability to relate to and speak effectively to all age groups and target audiences.
• Ability to speak in panel and committee discussions and speak before audiences with poise, voice control, and
confidence using correct English.
• Ability to write using proper format, punctuations, grammar, and spelling.
• Ability to apply problem solving skills to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw
Education and Training:
Preferred Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in environmental education, natural resources, biology or a
related field or two-year related degree with 4 years work experience.
Work Experience:
Emphasis given to past work experience as an interpretive naturalist, school teacher, or within a similar capacity
with a minimum of two years successful completion of an accredited internship or interpretive experience.
Required licenses, registrations and certifications:
Possession of a valid State of Iowa Driver’s license, CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid training a plus. Ability
to maintain professional development as defined by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
Work is performed about equally indoors and outdoors, and requires a considerable amount of physical activity
including walking, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping and climbing, as well as outdoor
activities such as canoeing and backpacking. The incumbent will also be required to maneuver rough terrain on
foot, is subject to work in extreme environmental conditions. May be in contact with dust, dirt, chemicals, noise
and severe weather conditions (extreme hot, cold, snow, ice, wind, rain, and flood). Exposure to outdoor elements
such as mosquitoes, ticks, and various plants, pollens, and fungi. Work requires extensive interaction with the
general public and governmental agencies and may be stressful when meeting deadlines and making abrupt
changes in priorities. This is a physically demanding position requiring the ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a
frequent basis and to use considerable force frequently to move objects.
Generally 40 hours per week during a seven (7) day period. May be required to work additional hours on weekends
or during the week or to change hours with minimal notice because of operational needs.
SALARY: $38,000 to $45,000.00. FLSA Status Non-Exempt. County full-time benefits package included.
TO APPLY: Send a Benton County application, resume, cover letter and at least three references to: Karen Phelps,
Executive Director, Benton County Conservation, 5718 20th Ave., Drive, Vinton, IA 52349.
For an application go to
Deadline: 4:30 p.m., April 19, 2019. Position open until filled.
Benton County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and
encourage prospective employees and position incumbents to discuss accommodations with the Employer.