Interpretive Naturalist 2

Department of Natural Resources / Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Nerstrand, MN

Job Class: Interpretive Naturalist 2

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Closing Date: 05/31/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources / Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Division/Unit: Parks & Trails / Region 4 / Nerstrand Big Woods Staff

Work Shift/Work Hours: Rotating Shift

Salary Range: $20.83 - $30.25/hourly; $43,493 - $63,162/annually

Work Area: Nerstrand, MN

Employment Condition: Seasonal, full-time

Anticipated Start Date: June 2019


Job Summary

This seasonal Park Naturalist position exists to develop and implement a seasonal state park and trails interpretive services program focusing on outreach and volunteer coordination that will: accelerate natural resource management activities; enhance the public's awareness, appreciation and understanding of cultural, natural and recreational resources; foster and enhance resource stewardship and health; inform the public about the Department of Natural Resources programs and current environmental issues.

The area served by this position includes approximately 127,000 annual visitors.  Interpretive services participants include park visitors, local communities, organized groups, public and private schools, other units within the MN DNR, park support groups, special interest groups, volunteers, media outlets, and other governmental organizations

Typical summer work week is Wednesday through Sunday, and includes holidays.  Work hours are generally 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, but frequently includes evening shifts such as 1:00 to 9:30 PM. Typical spring and fall work week is Tuesday through Saturday. Anticipated season dates are May 1st through October 29th, each year.


Responsibilities include:

  • Present or implement interpretive, environmental education and recreational activities to promote public awareness, appreciation and understanding of the area’s natural, cultural and recreational resources and their management and foster resource stewardship.
  • Participate in native habitat restoration/reconstruction efforts, seed collection and invasive species removal in federally endangered Dwarf Trout Lily habitat and other locations within Nerstrand Big Woods State Park and nearby resource projects.
  • Recruit, hire, train, lead and schedule interpretive program volunteers.
  • Identify area underserved parks and trails customers and design experiences for them that provides awareness of facilities and programs
  • Promote programs and events online, through publications, and with media and community organizations.
  • Track attendance numbers and write annual reports.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in environmental education and interpretation OR one of the physical sciences such as ecology, zoology, botany, geology OR a cultural resource-focused degree such as Indigenous Studies, history, anthropology, archeology OR parks and recreation management OR an equivalent.
  • One year of professional experience that includes responsibilities for developing and conducting natural and/or cultural resource interpretive programs and services.
  • Additional Requirements include the following:
  • Advanced human relations skills to create and maintain positive, professional work relationships with staff and positive experiences for park visitors.
  • Advanced oral communication skills to
  • Present information on environmental and cultural values and facts and theories in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Provide direction to staff.
  • Participate in media presentations.
  • Experience in public speaking, interpersonal communication, interpretation or education.
  • Organizational skills to develop, schedule and implement interpretive services.
  • Skills in cultural, historical and natural resource research and literature search techniques.
  • Writing skills sufficient to develop materials, compile reports and write interesting and educational newspaper articles.
  • Understanding of interpretive techniques including the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
  • Ability to manage visitors and deal with emergency response situations.
  • Ability to identify native plant species.
  • Knowledge of invasive species ID and control methods.
  • Preform physically demanding work, often in adverse weather and environmental conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of educational curriculum and materials in order to meet school standards.
  • Skills in computer word processing and data entry.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills.
  • Supervisory or lead work experience.
  • Experience providing environmental education or natural and cultural interpretation within a local community or school.
  • Experience explaining State Park rules, policies and facilities to visitors.
  • Technical and/or para-professional natural resources management field experience including restoration and plant identification.
  • Current certification as a Basic Firefighter - FFT2 or above.
  • Prescribed burn experience.
  • Experience with safe and efficient use of chainsaws or brush saws or S-212 or equivalent training.
  • Experience controlling invasive species with mechanical, chemical, or other means.
  • Experience with equipment (e.g., UTVs, trucks and trailers)

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.


Additional Requirements

*This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record*

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:


Employment Reference Check

SEMA4 Records Check

Criminal History Check

Education/license verification