Salary: $20.76-$25.34 hourly / $3,611-$4,408 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, develops and conducts
natural science and historical interpretive programs in County
parks; performs public relations activities; and performs related
duties such as required.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
1. Plans, develops, coordinates, and conducts historical and natural
science education programs such as nature hikes, audio-visual shows,
fireside programs, fishing clinics, habitat improvements for fish
and wildlife; coordinates special projects and programs such as an
annual fishing derby; conducts and narrates Lake Tour trips while
operating an engine-propelled pontoon boat or water craft.
2. Plans and directs a docent program; trains and supervises
docents, summer student interns, volunteers, and staff on natural
science education programs and activities; and attends Nature Center
Foundation and Docent meetings as a Parks liaison.
3. Develops and recommends plans to promote park programs; compiles
information and writes or edits natural science articles,
advertising copy, press releases, and other program or Parks related
materials; prepares scientific and historical displays and exhibits;
solicits commercial sponsors and conducts fundraising activities for
park programs; reports to Park Operations Manager on current
programs and recommends developing or modifying interpretive
programs and activities.
4. Presents natural science and conservation programs to schools and
community organizations; represents the Park Department to the
public, news media, service clubs, state agencies, and other groups;
stays current on all Parks-related activities, projects, and
incidents in order to respond to media questions or concerns;
collaborates with local citizens to maintain accuracy of classes on
Native American history; and maintains a library of slides and
materials for audio-visual presentations.
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 AND one year of experience
teaching science or conducting public education programs in the
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.
Within the probationary period, incumbents must successfully
complete US Coast Guard Boating Safety, CPR, AED and First Aid
courses, as well as obtain a State of California Department of
Boating and Waterways Inland Water Skipper's License.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License at time of appointment.
Working Conditions: Incumbents will be required to work weekends,
holidays, and shifts, wear a uniform, and work outdoors under varied
Knowledge of: natural and biological sciences; plant and animal life
of California and its distribution; audiovisual techniques,
including photography and basic exhibit concepts; methods of
collection, identification and preparation of specimens; research
methods; public relations; and standard English grammar and usage.
Ability to: speak before groups; analyze and interpret data, develop
solutions, and make recommendations; write articles and reports;
interpret historical and natural science concepts to laypeople;
develop and teach natural science workshops, seminars, or lectures;
represent County parks to the media; exercise tact and independent
judgment in dealing with the public; establish and maintain working
relationships with coworkers, representatives of other organizations
and agencies, and the general public; organize park educational
activities; supervise staff; learn to operate an engine-propelled
pontoon boat or water craft and learn related safety practices.