Brandywine Creek State Park Naturalist/Camp Counselor Positions

Recruitment #031320-MXGC06-400300

Introduction

Brandywine Creek State Park is divided by grey stone walls that were built of local stone in the late 1800s, when the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. Three Nature preserves are located within the park, including: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh, the first nature preserve in Delaware. The area became a state park in 1965.

 

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Summary Statement

A variety of seasonal Naturalist park positions are available at Brandywine Creek State Park, which may include the following:

  1. Park Naturalist/Interpreter: responsible for developing and conducting interpretive programs that will increase the student's and visitor's awareness of their surrounding environment and foster the appreciation, enjoyment and utilization of Delaware State Parks' cultural and natural resources.
  2. Day Camp Counselor: responsible for organizing and supervising camp activities and ensuring campers' well-being. 
  3. Day Camp Director/Assistant Director:  responsible for planning and coordinating activities for summer camps.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors.  Weekends, evenings and holidays are scheduled to meet facility needs. 

For Camp positions - Monday through Friday will be needed throughout the camp season.  Additional work on weekends, evenings and holidays may be scheduled.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • May deliver interpretive programs to participants of all ages in a variety of contexts.
  • Distributes interpretive publications.
  • May lead educational and recreational hikes, canoe and kayak trips plus programs for park visitors and/or summer camps.
  • May develop new games and activities.
  • Ensure a fun, educational and safe environment for children.
  • May assist with First-Aid duties.
  • May supervise and mentor summer camp team.
  • May lead daily summer camper activities, such as teaching, crafts, games, etc.  
  • Provides general customer service and park information to visitors.
  • Includes live animal care and handling.
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

Park Naturalist/Interpreter

  1. Six months experience planning and delivering interpretive programs for adults and children.
  2. Six months experience coordinating and promoting special events or initiatives.
  3. Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation.
  4. Knowledge of natural history, anthropology, entomology, ornithology, cultural history, recreation science, and/or ecology.
  5. Possession of a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Day Camp Counselor

  1. Six months experience working with children and young adults such as academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant or education teacher.
  2. Knowledge of various recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, rock climbing, fishing or swimming.
  3. Possession of a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Day Camp Director/Assistant Director

  1. At least 20 years of age.
  2. One year experience working in a camp program for children or young adults.
  3. One year experience in supervising groups, staff or volunteers.
  4. Knowledge of various recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, boating, rock climbing or swimming.
  5. Knowledge of local plants, animals or history.
  6. Possession of a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 04/15/2020 upon filling the vacant positions.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

As a condition of hire, applicants for this position must successfully pass a Swim assessment.    

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at statejobs.delaware.gov.

Accommodations

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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