LOCATION: Kensington Farm Center
BU / LEVEL: P3 Provisional
SALARY RANGE: $12.00 per hour
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the Farm Center Interpretive Supervisor, this year-round, part time Interpreter position performs a variety of duties related to conducting horse drawn hayrides and sleigh rides, and planning, preparing, and teaching agricultural programs. Work responsibilities in this position involve a variety of duties related to the operation of the farm center by planning and presenting agricultural 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.
Associate’s degree preferred from accredited college within nature interpretation, environmental education, biology, agriculture, animal science, horticulture, natural resources management or a related field.
Extensive experience working with horses (draft horse driving experience preferred).
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.
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.
Knowledge of general animal husbandry.
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 lift and move items weighing up to 70 pounds.
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.