Nature Center Program Coordinator

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SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, coordinates, develops, and provides quality environmental education programs at the Loxahatchee Preserve Nature Center designed to promote public understanding and stewardship of South Florida wetlands, water resources and the ecosystem; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knoweldge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Prepares, presents and promotes environmental education programs for schools, libraries, agencies and the general public. Develops brochures, program announcements, and graphic materials.
  2. Develops, implements and coordinates strategic planning for citywide environmental services program.
  3. Prepares and administers the annual program budget, writes and submits grant applications relative to Nature Center and environmental program administration.
  4. Attends related board and community meetings to promote environmental education and the City of West Palm Beach programs.
  5. Interacts on a daily basis with other City departments and outside agencies, the public and media relative to establishment and implementation of program objectives.
  6. Conducts interpretive nature walks, tours and outings, and answers the Center’s phone.
  7. Recruits and trains Center volunteers and interns.
  8. Performs light maintenance of the Center facility including cleaning and presentation equipment and accommodation setups.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge and experience in Florida wetlands ecology.
  • Knowledge of Florida natural plants and animals.
  • Knowledge in environmental education to the public and schools.
  • Knowledge in the development and implementation of environmental education programs.
  • Knowledge of wetlands environmental programs.
  • Skill in supervising, training, directing, and evaluating professional and technical volunteers and interns.
  • Skill in completing complex, analytical assignments.
  • Skill in analyzing problems accurately.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Ability to interact well with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to teach and interpret for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves detailed concentration for long periods of time in a modified office environment. Incumbent will also work in outdoor conditions and while performing the duties of this job requiring light to moderate lifting, and walking. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing. This position may also require the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid Florida driver's license, and have an acceptable driving record.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Biology, Ecology, Natural Science or a closely related field, and three (3) years experience in an environmental oriented setting, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air breaks and “P” endorsement is required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: PMSA
Last Revision date: January 2003
 
Overtime: No
 
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