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.