Metro Nature Educator (closes February 8, 2016)

Company: Metro

Position Title: Nature Educator

Deadline to apply: Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 5:00pm, Pacific time

Salary: $24.29 - $32.56/hourly

One full-time position is available. This is a limited duration position funded by the natural areas levy. Minimum duration of the position funding is June 30, 2018, but duration may be extended if funding is available. Limited duration positions are benefits eligible.

Are you an enthusiastic, creative nature educator with a passion for engaging new audiences? If so, read on! Metro's nature education team is looking for a new member to help open the doors to nature for communities who have historically faced barriers, including people of color and low-income communities. We'll count on you to develop innovative programming that responds to community needs, builds lasting connections and exposes young people to the outdoors. You will work collaboratively with community-based organizations in Metro's Partners in Nature program, which tailors nature experiences to diverse communities.

Metro's portfolio of voter-protected land provides an exciting palette for nature education. You'll have the opportunity to lead programs at beloved destinations like Oxbow Regional Park, where an ancient forest rises above the banks of the Sandy River -- as well as places where Metro is just preparing to welcome visitors, like Chehalem Ridge Natural Area in western Washington County. The common thread across Metro's 17,000 acres: some of the greater Portland region's most spectacular scenery and wildlife habitat, where you'll also help engage the community. And, working with colleagues across Metro's Parks and Nature Department, you'll plan programming at key sites where Metro is focused on building community relationships.

This position requires some flexibility in scheduling, including some evenings and weekends. Your primary work site will be the Oregon Zoo; however, you can expect to spend substantial time at Metro Regional Center and in the field.

At the Oregon Zoo, we strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Minimum Requirements:
Either: 1) Bachelor's degree in formal or non-formal education, conservation, natural history interpretation or a related field and a minimum of two years leading natural history education programming in the outdoors; or 2) A combination of experience, training and/or education that provides the necessary directly relevant skills, knowledge and ability to perform assigned tasks. This position requires a valid driver's license. Preference given to applicants with experience working with culturally diverse and/or bi-lingual populations and community organizations, particularly in an outdoor setting, and fluency in a language other than English.

 

To apply: visit www.oregonmetro.gov/jobs for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.