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Community Outreach Interpreter (Part Time) - Mobile Learning Center - Kensington Metropark

Part Time – P4 –$13.65 per hour

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the Manager of Interpretive Services, this year-round, part time Interpreter position seeks to gain awareness and a positive image for the Metroparks and the interpretive department as a District community outreach facilitator. Work responsibilities in this position involve planning, preparing, and presenting talks, demonstrations, promoting public interest in the appreciation of natural and cultural history and driving the Mobile Learning Center.  Establish and manage programs and initiatives supporting community outreach. Build and maintain long-term relationships with stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of community relations strategies and activities.  This position performs a variety of professional and technical duties related to interpretive programs and operation of nature centers, farms, and museums for assigned district. This position is part-time budgeted up to 1000 hours per year, not to exceed 1,500 hours per year.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction of the Manager of Interpretive Services. Position works independently and exercises some judgment and discretion in completion of duties.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The list below is intended to describe the general nature of duties only. Employees shall perform other duties as assigned.

  • Promotes public interest and participation in interpretive programs through tasks, illustrated lectures, and dissemination of pertinent publicity.
  • Develop and conduct presentations promoting the Metroparks and Interpretive department.
  • Implement a strategy for community engagement to include metrics to track effectiveness.
  • Identify, develop, coordinate and enhance community outreach activities. Build awareness of the Metroparks and the interpretive department through outreach efforts to community organizations, businesses and schools.
  • Provide timely and accurate records and reports of community outreach efforts.
  • Build and sustain working relationships and communication with community associations; government agencies; non-profit organizations; schools and universities; and other institutions. Serve as a liaison with community and business groups to build relationships with the Metroparks.
  • Prepare the Mobile Learning Center for a variety of special events.
  • Drive the Mobile Learning Center to assigned locations on a regular basis.
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets including requests and purchases of supplies and necessary equipment.
  • Seeks out volunteers to assist with interpretive activities and office support in coordination with the Volunteer Services Supervisor.
  • Prepares necessary correspondence, records, and reports.
  • May serve on committees.
  • May assist with special events.
  • The lists above is intended to describe the general nature of duties only.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate’s degree from accredited college with in nature interpretation, environmental education, biology or 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 and artistic tools.
  • May be assigned to work in other parks and districts as needed and if necessary.
  • 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 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

A full job description can be obtained by contacting Human Resources at hr@metroparks.com.

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