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Part-time Naturalist - Hardy Lake

Date Posted:  Sep 6, 2019
Requisition ID:  16268

Scottsburg, IN, US, Indiana

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Hardy Lake State Park

Hardy Lake is the only state reservoir not created for flood control. This means that the lake level stays stable year-round, positively affecting the appearance of the shoreline, fishing and wildlife living there. The property is a multi-use facility offering hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, camping and more.


Salary for this position starts at $14.69/hour but may be commensurate with education and job experience.  This is a Part-Time Position

About the job

The Naturalist position involves providing a variety of interpretive programming for guests, staff and the community, assisting with interpretive center management, promoting property events and services, and participating in natural and cultural resource management projects and providing other interpretive services under the direction of a full-time interpretive naturalist.

A day in the life
  • Cares for live educational animals housed at the property, including  environment/care, animal health, and use/protection of animal during programs.
  • Prepares and presents interpretive programs using a wide variety of media and interpretive techniques; these include, but are not limited to talks, hikes, children's programs, campfires, crafts, and recreation programs. These programs are compatible with the missions of the site, Indiana State Parks' interpretive services and the Division of State Parks.
  • Assists in the operation of an interpretive center and/or related facilities, including, but not limited to, center maintenance and cleanliness, exhibit production, and related electronics associated with programs. (Projectors, audio equipment and computers.)
  • Assists in the production of program and property promotion in the form of monthly program schedules, flyers, bulletin board announcements.
  • Assists in creating media releases concerning property activities and, in some circumstances, assists with posts and responses on any  property social media platforms.
  • Assists the full time Interpretive Naturalist with volunteer and partner coordination as needed, including scheduling, tracking, and recognizing the property’s volunteers.
  • Assists in resource management endeavors such as, but not limited to habitat restoration, prescribed burns, and invasive and exotic controls.
  • Recommends purchases for the interpretive services and for resource management projects as directed by the full time Interpretive Naturalist.
  • Follows guidance of full-time Interpretive Naturalist in proper handling, storage and documentation of historical artifacts on the property.
  • Maintains records associated with program statistics, attendance numbers, and evaluative information; prepares and submits numbers to the full-time Interpretive Naturalist
  • Assists in interpretive center gift shop sales as needed.
  • Participates in property and division-wide interpretive training programs and statewide projects as requested by the Full-time Interpreter and/or Chief Interpreter.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
What we're looking for
  • B.S. in Natural Resources, Biology, History, Interpretation(Cultural and/or Natural), Outdoor Recreation or related field. A minimum of one (1) year of related experience is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of interpretive and recreational philosophy, interpretive techniques and recreation leadership skills as they relate to both cultural and natural history.
  • Ability to work independently and provide self-motivation but accept guidance from a supervisor.
  • Communication skills that encompass speaking, writing and relating to a broad range of audiences.
  • Organizational skills in project planning and coordination.
  • Broad knowledge of cultural and natural history of the region.
  • Ability to use a personal computer system for word processing, graphic layout/design and record keeping.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of cultural resources management and the application of those principles at the specific park or reservoir.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of natural resources management and the application of those principles at the specific park or reservoir as needed.
  • Working knowledge of audiovisual equipment and procedures.
  • Ability to work outdoors and in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation, or willingness to obtain certification within first year of employment.
  • Hold a current Indiana driver’s license.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

The State of Indiana offers a limited benefit package for part-time employees which includes:

  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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