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Seasonal Interpretive Specialist - Ouabache

Date Posted:  Aug 12, 2019
Requisition ID:  4429

Bluffton, IN, US, 46714

Work for Indiana

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About the job:


Hire Salary:

The hourly wage for these positions will start at $10.75.


Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.


Naturalist Aides:

The Seasonal Property Naturalist Aides/Interpretive Specialist provides customer service and education to the general public regarding property features and historical context.  Specialists may assist with conducting operations such as ticket or product sales and rentals depending on assignment and requirements described below.  As an Interpretive Specialist, effective communication and comfort with public speaking are essential.  Interpretive Specialists should seek opportunities to engage property guests and manage large crowds when necessary.  Due to the public education unique to each property or area of focus, attendance at training sessions is required.

A day in the life:

Seasonal Property Interpretive Specialists perform duties according to the following roles:


  • Educate the general public on nature center programming, local/common flora and fauna, and local/common animal species. 
  • Assist with the development and presentation of displays, brochures, monthly activities and/or media releases. 
  • Research may be required on the identification and care of flora and fauna, and the care of nature center animal species. 
  • Assist in the care of animals (feeding, watering, and bedding changes) and the general maintenance of the nature center.

What we're looking for:

Candidates shall have a high school diploma or GED or one (1) year of work experience.  A valid driver’s license is required. 

Additional Skill and Ability Preferred:

  • Skill in public speaking and effective written communication
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to carry out assignments with general instruction and limited supervision.

Additional Comments:

Working Conditions:

  • This role should expect to work afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Individuals may experience working in potentially inclement weather.
  • Individual may be required to wear a DNR provided uniform.
  • Individuals may experience working directly with offenders.


Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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