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Seasonal Interpretive Specialist - Indiana Dunes State Park

Date Posted:  Oct 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  166326
Location: 

Chesteron, IN, US, 46304

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

About Indiana Dunes State Park:

Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.

 

Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.  

 

Salary Information:

This position starts at a minimum rate of $10.75 per hour; however, pay may be commensurate with experience and the starting rate may vary for the position for which you apply.

About the Job:

As a Seasonal Property Interpretive Specialist, you will provide 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:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Naturalist Aides educate the general public on nature center programming, local/common flora and fauna, and local/common animal species.  Naturalist Aides assist with the development and presentation of displays, brochures, monthly activities and/or media releases.  Further, research may be required on the identification and care of flora and fauna, and the care of nature center animal species.  These Interpretive Specialists are also required to assist in the care of animals (feeding, watering, and bedding changes) and the general maintenance of the nature center.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistants educate the general public on natural resource programming such as guided hikes, talks and crafts.  Rehabilitation Assistants provide care for resident hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, vultures, snakes and turtles used in educational programming.  This role assists in the care of injured and orphaned birds of prey, responds to calls about found injured raptors, and assists in the care and propagation of the feeder rodent population.
  • Village Workers educate the general public on period appropriate trades, techniques and crafts while presenting cultural history programming to visitors.  Each worker educates on specific trades; however, they may be asked to fill in for other posts.  These Interpretive Specialists may be asked to assist with craft sales in the Village Mercantile and the general maintenance of village property.  Trades presented and educated upon in the village include:
    • Woodworking
      • May include coppering education
    • Leatherworker
    • Broom Maker
    • Blacksmith
    • Weaver
      • Ability to use a two-pedal loom is necessary
    • Miller
      • Ability to operate the Grist Mill and bag cornmeal for sale is necessary
  • Cave Tour Guides educate the general public on the natural history of caves.  Tour Guides assist with scheduling reservations and collect tour fees.  Further, research may be required on the identification and care of relevant flora and fauna.  Depending on the property, boat tours may be available and Tour Guides are expected to maintain boats, equipment and the registration shed.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

  • Candidates must have a high school diploma OR High School Equivalent (HSE) OR one (1) year of work experience.
  • 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.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • 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:

This role does not provide direct supervision to 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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