The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Community Affairs Department is accepting applications for one (1) Environmental Education Manager.
DATE POSTED: APRIL 10, 2019
WORKSITE LOCATION: CREEK BEND NATURE CENTER, LEROY OAKES FOREST PRESERVE, ST.CHARLES, ILLINOIS; APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO
HOURS/SCHEDULE: AS REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT JOB ASSIGNMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2019 All candidates must apply on-line at: http://kaneforest.com/employment/apply.aspx Applications MUST include a professional cover letter. Applications without a professional cover letter will not be considered.
POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for all aspects of environmental education programming for the District including creation, development, planning, implementation, budget and revenue generation; supervision of the Naturalist staff; oversight of Nature Center operations; and coordination with fellow department staff on Nature Center uses.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES & FUNCTIONS Operations: • Develops and implements District’s environmental education program throughout Kane County — at the Nature Center, at forest preserves, and at sites off District property. • Oversees and directs the activities of the Naturalists in fulfilling the mission of the Forest Preserve District as well as the mission of the environmental education program: To foster an understanding of ecological concepts and natural systems; to promote awareness of our interrelationship with those systems; and to encourage a personal responsibility to respect and care for the earth. • Identifies and implements ways to improve and/or generate Nature Center and nature program attendance, revenue, sponsorship, registration and enjoyment by creating fun, unique, interesting and informational environmental education experiences. • Shares in leading various nature programs, along with District naturalists. • Manages budget for environmental education program; makes budget requests/suggestions to Director of Community Affairs and monitors expenses/revenues throughout the year. • Writes and/or provides ideas, text and/or photos as needed for social media, website, interpretive signage, brochures, newsletters, flyers, articles and other District information. • Promotes the District’s environmental education program and the District as a whole by attending relevant meetings, conferences, workshops and/or special events. • Works with District staff and independent contractors to prepare grant applications in relation to the Nature Center or environmental education program. • Coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure a broad base of public involvement for appropriate volunteer positions: Nature Center Host, Nature Program Volunteer and Special Event Volunteer. • Coordinates ways to enhance and support Environmental Education activities with other staff and allied groups, instructors and experts. • Coordinates educational programs and teacher-training with educational institutions, and coordinates educational programs with various scout and youth groups, from across Kane County. • Identifies and coordinates any necessary Nature Center building maintenance with Planning & Operations department and/or outside vendors. • Prepares monthly reports detailing program revenues, expenses, attendance and satisfaction reports. • Composes quarterly schedules of nature programs and activities for review by the Director of Community Affairs, and then generates text for the District’s quarterly newsletter, The TreeLine. • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the Employee Handbook. • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier. • Works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Staff Supervision: • Supervises Naturalist, Naturalist Assistant and Seasonal Naturalist; carries out managerial responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Additional duties and functions may be essential.
• Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years of age
• Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, geology, environmental science, education or closely related field.
• Experience: Minimum of 6 - 8 years of demonstrated success in environmental education that includes 2 years of management experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training.
• Experience in making effective oral, written and graphic presentations. • Experience in using computer systems for educational programming, graphics and reports. • Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED certification within one year of employment.
Program & Education Assistant, Robert R. McCormick House (Part-time)
Department: Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park Reports to: Jeff Anderson, Interpretation Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Location: Wheaton, IL
About Robert R. McCormick House
The McCormick House is an historic house museum that was once the home of Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert R. McCormick. Robert R. McCormick’s grandfather, Joseph Medill, built the house in 1896 for McCormick’s mother Katherine. McCormick acquired the house around 1910 and extensively remodeled it in 1936. Upon his death, McCormick’s will established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust, known today as the McCormick Foundation, which created a public park, museum, and philanthropy to foster communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. The museum opened to the public in 1958.
The Program and Education Assistant assists in creating, implementing, and evaluating a wide variety of public programs related to the life, legacy, and impact of Chicago Tribune Editor and Publisher, Robert R. McCormick. This role also supports core operational functions at the museum, such as coordinating events and tours, processing and updating collection objects, and general gallery upkeep. The ideal candidate is comfortable with public speaking and would enjoy interacting with a wide array of museum visitors, keeping them engaged with content, and providing compelling learning experiences. We are interested in bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) as we strive to continue to offer a welcoming environment for all visitors. This is a part-time position (approx. 12-24 hours/week) planned to start in April.
• Facilitate public programs including, but not limited to: ‘drop-in’ tours, school field trips, in-classroom instruction, scout and general population programs, and other special events • Assist Museum Educator with evaluation and revision of education programs and materials • Aid Museum Educator with processing and inventory of education collection objects; maintain, replace, and update materials as needed • Ensure the museum maintains an orderly physical appearance, this includes tasks like keeping brochure and handout supplies current and general gallery upkeep • Provide help to staff with the set-up and breakdown for McCormick House events • Mentor fellow McCormick House colleagues and volunteer docents • Proactively engage visitors and initiate conversations to provide an exceptional visitor experience • Provides for personal safety in the workplace by attending and completing all required safety training, knowing and following existing safety rules including the applicable use of personal protection equipment, and reporting any unsafe conditions to Director of Museum Operations
Qualifications • Minimum two years of experience specifically in education, history, museum studies and/or collections, theater or other related experience • Bachelor’s degree preferred • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred • Demonstrated interest in learning and sharing history with visitors • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation, including willingness to interact with groups of children and other diverse groups of visitors for long periods of time • Detail-oriented, inquisitive, and thoughtful • Team player, with the ability to work independently when needed • Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission • Strong computer skills and comfort using the internet and Microsoft Office Suite • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and some hours outside normal business hours. We are specifically seeking someone with Friday availability. • Must be able physically able to lift and maneuver 30 lbs. • All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
To apply: submit a resume and cover letter online here: https://donate.mccormickfoundation.org/_about-us/about-us---careers-newton-test?gnk=job&gni=8a7887a9688e28650168ce631fbe4037&gns=Illinois%20Parks%20%26%20Recreation%20Association%20%28IPRA%29