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Assistant Naturalist

Salary: $18.42-$22.48 hourly / $3,203-$3,911 monthly / Range: 5174

DEFINITION: Under direction, assists in planning, developing, and conducting natural science and historical interpretive programs at Cachuma Lake, and performs other related duties as required.


  1. Participates in the presentation of interpretive programs, and conducts less difficult presentations; answers questions regarding the wildlife and natural history of the area.
  2. Organizes and schedules activities such as nature walks, wildlife lake cruises, and fireside presentations for local schools, community organizations, professional associations, and other interested groups or individuals.
  3. Researches and compiles technical information regarding Cachuma Lake, such as the area's plants, wildlife, history, geology, and cultural heritage in order to develop interpretive programs and activities for presentation to the general public and professional groups.
  4. Evaluates information and makes recommendations regarding the development of new programs, modification of existing programs, or the interpretation of technical information.
  5. Writes interpretive class material for review and approval by supervisor; assists in writing or editing articles, newsletters, or other technical material for publication; prepares audio-visual material or constructs informational exhibits.
  6. Assists in training volunteers in the interpretation and presentation of historical and natural science programs and activities.


  1. Completion of 30 semester units or 45 quarter units from an accredited educational institution in animal, plant, and/or environmental biology or related science field; or,
  2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: natural history; plant, animal, freshwater, and environmental biology; English usage and grammar.

Ability to: learn the history and plant and animal biology of the area; make group presentations; communicate technical information to a wide range of people; present a positive public image; exercise tact and independent judgement in dealing with the public; establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other organizations and agencies, and the general public; coordinate activities; research and compile data; analyze and interpret technical data, identify needs, develop solutions, and make recommendations; prepare a variety of written reports and documents; operate audio-visual equipment; learn to operate an engine propelled pontoon boat or water craft and related safety practices ; work independently.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Incumbents will be required to work weekends, holidays, and shifts, wear a uniform, and work outdoors under varied weather conditions.

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