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Seasonal Hourly Shift

Naturalist Lead

Recruitment #23-002292-0022

Introduction

Full-Time vacancies available

*Returning staff for the 2023-2024 season will receive an additional $0.25/hour

GRADE

HRLY 0008

LOCATION OF POSITION

Vacancies for this position are currently located at the following locations:
  • Rocky Gap State Park (Allegany County)
  • Soldiers Delight (Baltimore County)
  • Tuckahoe State Park Complex (Queen Anne's County) including: Martinak State Park (Caroline County), Wye Island NRMA (Queen Anne's County), Sassafras NRMA (Kent County) and Cypress Branch State Park (Kent County) If interested in any of these locations, please select ''Tuckahoe State Park Complex (Queen Anne's County)' below

Main Purpose of Job

The Naturalist Lead oversees environmental and interpretive efforts at a State Park. Work is performed indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as scheduled.

Duties may vary for each facility and generally include, but are not limited to: 
  • Develop and present interpretive and environmental education programs 
  • Assist with volunteers and youth programs 
  • Develop and maintain exhibits, park bulletin boards and educational materials 
  • Advise park visitors of general park rules and regulations 
  • Operation and maintenance of nature centers, buildings and grounds. Work may include cleaning public restroom facilities. 
  • May include live animal care, handling, enrichment activities and programming associated with the Scales & Tales program 
  • Work with diverse user groups 
  • May hike trails of varying difficulty
  • Responsible for scheduling programs and staff members to lead presentations 
  • Use of email and phone to communicate with group leaders about prospective and upcoming programs 
  • Collect payment for programs, providing correct change 
  • Keep accurate records of attendance and animal care (if applicable) 
  • Oversee volunteers and naturalists to ensure programs meet requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifying candidates must meet the following:
  • Experience: At least five (5) months of experience working in a park location performing park operations, environmental education, or interpretation
  • Education:  High school diploma or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Preference will be given to bilingual applicants, who are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with live animal care experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with park operations experience. 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle, UTV or golf cart. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland and five points or fewer on their current driving record.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants selected for employment may undergo an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to:  employment reference check, education verification, driving record check (if the position requires employees to drive a vehicle) and a criminal history check including fingerprinting.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of hire

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Emilee Knott at Emilee.Knott@maryland.gov

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.


Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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