PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in assisting in the development, implementation and presentation of a variety of environmental, natural science and interpretive education programs and services.
Works under the general supervision of an Environmental Education Coordinator or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees, seasonal staff and volunteers as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
At an environmental education or interpretive center, assists in the development of and plans and implements environmental, natural science and interpretive education programs and services, including school programs, adult and continuing education, teacher in-service workshops, field trips, tours, lecture/slide presentations and special events; assists in the design, preparation and maintenance of displays and exhibits; prepares educational materials, brochures, pamphlets and audio-visual materials; researches, collects, documents, prepares, catalogs and maintains specimens for exhibits and collections; assists in the daily operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment; prepares letters, reports and other material; acts as liaison to local, state and federal conservation agencies and other organizations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of the bio-physical environment; knowledge of the principles of botany, ecology, evolution, natural resource conservation, zoology, geology and paleontology; knowledge of educational and interpretive techniques; knowledge of environmental problems, issues and solutions; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to plan, design, develop and implement environmental and interpretive programs, related materials, displays and exhibits; ability to identify and discuss the ecology and natural history of local flora and fauna; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years of experience in the field of environmental science, natural resources or environmental, interpretative or science education.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in the development and implementation of environmental science or interpretive programs and related exhibits, displays and educational material.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in biological science, geology, paleontology, natural resources, environmental education or science education (secondary school) may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in the related fields indicated above may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Environmental Protection Interpretive Naturalist in Salary Group ES 19 approved effective July 17, 2012. (2013 SCOPE Review)