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Interpreter (Part-time) - Kensington Metropark Farm Center

LOCATION: Kensington Farm Center

BU / LEVEL: P4 Provisional

SALARY RANGE: $13.65 per hour

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the Farm Center Interpretive Supervisor, this year-round, part time Interpreter position seeks to present a variety of interpretive programs to school groups of all levels, families, community groups and other members of the public, to develop an appreciation, awareness, and understanding of agricultural methods of yesterday and today, while promoting the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Work responsibilities in this position involve a variety of duties related to the operation of the farm center by planning and presenting interpretive programs, caring for and maintaining farm livestock and crops, and promoting public interest in the facilities and activities. This position is part-time up to 1500 hours per year.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate’s degree from accredited college within nature interpretation, environmental education, biology, agriculture, animal science, horticulture, natural resources management or a related field.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Progressively responsible experience in interpretation, education or a related field.
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform the job may be substituted for the degree requirement.
Ability to promote and maintain cooperative working relationships with educational groups, park visitors and other employees.
Must maintain a valid Michigan driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
Ability to communicate verbally to give tours, lead programs and presentations.
Ability to use carpenter, gardening, farming, and artistic tools.
Will be required to work assigned Special Events, Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays.
Will be required to adjust schedule to meet organizational needs.
Ability to perform essential duties.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of the principles and practices used in developing and carrying out a diversified interpretive program.
Knowledge of and ability to design science education programs that support the specific grade level content expectations and Michigan Science Standards set by the Michigan Department of Education.
Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) certification, or the ability to complete CIG certification within one year.
Ability to speak effectively before large groups.
Ability to operate listed tools and equipment.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work with and care for a diverse range of large and small animals.
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with the public, outside agencies and employees.
Must be able to demonstrate creativity and the ability to implement new initiatives.

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