City of Richfield
Jobs - Full Time



Full-Time Regular Position

Recreation Services Department/Woodlake Nature Center


$30.57/hr, plus full City benefits. Exempt position.

$30.57/hr minimum to $38.90/hr maximum pay range.


Standard business hours (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM), but may vary based on business needs.


Under the general supervision of the Nature Center Manager, performs a variety of duties related to delivery of high quality environmental education and recreation programs and maintenance of a nature center facility.


  1. Develops and conducts environmental education programs, and special events for a wide variety of groups ranging from preschool age to older adults, including special populations.
  2. Directs and coordinates the fundraiser for Wood Lake’s public school programs, The Urban Wildland Half-Marathon and 5K race each July.
  3. Recruits and supervises college interns.
  4. Provides visitor services, working with the public to answer questions (in person, via telephone and on social media), regarding the park, trails, local flora and fauna, etc.
  5. Coordinates and performs natural resource management activities.
  6. Researches, writes, and manages appropriate grants.
  7. Provides social media content creation and posting, and website updating.
  8. Develops and executes program and event marketing and promotion planning.
  9. Develops interpretive educational curriculum for all grade levels for use at the center by groups.
  10. Assists in coordinating and developing service projects for volunteer groups and individuals.
  11. Responsible for the nature center when manager is off-duty.
  12. Prepares and gives multi-media presentations to groups, both at the center and off-site, adapting the content to the age and interest of the viewers.
  13. Makes use of special skills and interests relating to nature, such as photography, taxidermy, artistic or writing abilities, to benefit or promote the nature center.
  14. Continually evaluates the relevance of program content and objectives; determines whether programs are meeting those objectives and suggests alternatives if objectives are not met.
  15. All other duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrates the skill in development and implementation of environmental education programs.
  2. Demonstrates the skill in coordination of large citywide events.
  3. Demonstrates the skill in computer programs and social media to promote programming.
  4. Demonstrates the skill in developing revenue producing naturalist programs and their promotion.
  5. Demonstrates the skill in creative use of a variety of communication mediums to be used in all areas of interpretive programming.
  6. Demonstrates the skill in maintaining exhibit aquaria and handling/feeding of exhibit animals.
  7. Demonstrates the skill in research and management techniques for various projects
  8. Demonstrates knowledge of various forms of technology and how to implement them in the field of interpretation.
  9. Demonstrates knowledge and identification of flora and fauna prevalent in the Midwest.
  10. Demonstrates knowledge of sustainable practices, including organics recycling, composting, and gardening.
  11. Demonstrates knowledge of universal inclusion and adapting programming to fit audience needs.
  12. Demonstrates knowledge of ecological principles and terms such as succession, predation, population dynamics.
  13. Demonstrates knowledge of natural history in several of the following areas: ornithology, ecology, botany, population biology, forestry, mammology, entomology, aquatic biology, wildlife and resource management and wildlife laws.
  14. Demonstrates an ability to provide environmental interpretive programming with both private and school groups.
  15. Demonstrates an ability to be imaginative and innovative in programming and marketing.
  16. Demonstrates an ability to courteously and effectively deal with all types and ages of people.
  17. Demonstrates an ability to establish effective, professional working relationships with the public and with City staff.
  18. Demonstrates an ability to direct the work of others, including contracted crews.
  19. Demonstrates an ability to understand and respect the diversity of customers and co-workers, effectively communicating with individuals whose first language may be one other than English.


The physical demands that are described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Must have the ability to:

  1. Ability to hike distances from ¼ to 3 miles, set up for classes which includes moving tables and chairs and heavy items such as apple press.
  2. Ability to lead bike programs.
  3. Ability to cross-country ski and snowshoe.
  4. Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate physical activity such as standing, walking, kneeling, sitting, crouching, twisting, pushing, pulling, bending, stopping, squatting and lifting materials and supplies ranging from 20-60 lbs.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in in biology, other natural sciences, education and/or recreation.
  • Must have at least at least three years of accumulative experience in the field of naturalist interpretation or education.


  • Experience working at day use nature centers, working with diverse audiences, large event planning, and in marketing and promotion.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.



Application forms, copies of this bulletin and additional information may be obtained by going to Only a City of Richfield on-line application will be accepted. Resumes may be included with a completed City of Richfield on-line application. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, MARCH 25


The City of Richfield does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, familial status, or membership on a local human rights commission.