Established in 1934, the East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. The system comprises 121,397 acres in 73 parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. Apply today and join our amazing team!
Supervising Naturalists are responsible for interpretive services in one of the following sectors: Northwest, Northeast, Central, Southwest, Southeast, Delta sectors, Mobile Education, and Ardenwood Historic Farm. Supervising Naturalists are classified into two levels (I and II) based upon the interpretive facilities assigned, operation, size, staffing, budget, and other criteria as identified by the Park District. Further, in addition to overseeing interpretive services, employees in the Supervising Naturalist II class oversee park maintenance operations at an assigned site.
What You’ll Be Doing Under general supervision, the Supervising Naturalist will supervise the operation of natural and cultural history programs and interpretive facilities for school groups and the general public or an interpretive park and interpretive programs, facilities, operations, and maintenance including the interpretive, concession contracts and volunteer components; represents the Park District to educate the public, protect natural resources and supervise staff; and performs related duties as assigned.
Vacancy Situation The District currently has two Supervising Naturalist I vacancies located at 1) Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve Visitor Center in Sunol, CA (Southeast Sector), and Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center in Fremont, CA (Southwest Sector). The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and additional vacancies that may occur during the one-year life of the hiring pools.
We Are Looking for Someone Who
Enjoy educating the public about our natural and cultural resources and parklands in the East Bay Area;
Have a strong foundation in the Interpretive principles and best practices;
Want to be a part of the growth and development of our Interpretive professionals;
Are excellent communicators that can collaborate with other park district staff and departments, as needed.
A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job
Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
Ability to work directly with the public and make a positive impact on the community we serve;
We value creativity and innovation while engaging our community;
Great benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly, and reliably.
Transparency: We hold the public's trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.
Supervises the park's comprehensive interpretive, maintenance and operation functions;
Coordinates with other supervisors and District staff to develop and implement interpretive goals and plans;
Sets program priorities for staff, including supervisory, interpretive, maintenance and support staff;
Oversees the safety program for the park and/or facility, including maintaining a safe work environment, ensuring staff attend mandatory trainings, conducting safety meetings and initiating the response to dangerous park and visitor-related emergencies;
May act as a second-level supervisor for other park staff;
Supervises docent and volunteer programs;
Establishes goals, themes and standards for natural and cultural history programs and exhibits;
Provides guidance to interpretive staff to create an appropriate balance between fee and free programs;
Assures the maintenance and protection of natural and cultural resources and ensures resource protection messages are provided in interpretive programs;
Develops and oversees facilities maintenance and program contracts;
Serves as a Park District representative and/or liaison to municipalities, community groups and other agencies;
Collaborates with school, city, and other agency representatives to facilitate and develop programs;
Represents the Park District at professional and community meetings;
Encourages staff to develop specific outreach programs;
Reviews the content of interpretive lectures, programs, tours, exhibits, displays, and classes prepared by staff;
May personally plan and conduct same;
Supervises and oversees the facility's special events; researches, writes and reviews written material (flyers, brochures, notices, articles, and booklets);
Promotes that park's interpretive services;
May set goals and standards for park staff for the operation and maintenance of the park;
Develops and maintains expertise in cultural and natural history resources through research and field studies;
Oversees the sales operations and financial activities of the interpretive facility;
Directs the maintenance of visitor centers and interpretive facilities;
Assists in the procurement of grant funding;
Oversees the care and maintenance of exhibit and educational animals including reptiles, amphibians, farm animals and fish, as necessary;
Performs administrative and supervisory tasks required to do all of the above, such as selects, hires, trains and supervises staff;
Prepares, administers and maintains an annual budget and marketing plan; maintains records;
Provides monthly, annual, and other reports as required.
OTHER FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:
Oversees the activities of volunteers;
Attends various conferences, workshops, and training programs; conducts training for staff, educators, volunteers and interpreters in interpretive principles, skills and customer service;
Ensures the development of plans for specific park improvement projects;
Acts as the Interpretive and Recreation Services Manager or Chief of Interpretation and Recreation Services as necessary;
Completes special projects; and
Performs related duties as assigned.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in natural science, cultural history, parks and recreation management or related field, AND
Experience: Four years of recent field experience in interpretive work relating to conservation or wildlife management, including two years in a supervisory or lead role. Additional training in marketing, budgeting and contract management is desirable.
Substitution: A Master's Degree in one of the above fields may be substituted for one of the required years of non-supervisory interpretive experience.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification.
Principles, methods and techniques of interpretation; natural and cultural history of the Park District's interpretive sectors;
Local, state and federal laws applicable to natural resource management, District's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy objectives;
A supervisor's role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy objectives and the processes available to meet objectives, safe work environments and cultural resource preservation;
Principles and practices of effective supervision;
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Exercise sound judgment, organization and administrative skills;
Effectively contribute to the District's Equal Employment Policy objectives, supervise, train, motivate and evaluate subordinates;
Develop, write and administer concession, special event and vendor agreements and contracts; plan, organize and implement a variety of interpretive and education programs;
Strategically plan for the long-term development of the park;
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications;
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal staff and external customers and park users.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Level 1 Background check required.
Required to work in a Park District prescribed uniform.
May be required to work unusual hours, weekends, and holidays in a variety of work environments.
Possession of an Interpretive Guide certificate from the National Association for Interpretation must be obtained within one year of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain certifications, licenses, and credentials could result in the incumbent being removed from the position.
Union Affiliation: East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, represents this classification. Wages, hours, and other terms of conditions of employment are covered in an agreement between the Park District and Local 2428.
Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts:
East Bay Regional Park District application submitted on online, and
Completion of the supplemental questions.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least an hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.
Notification: All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your GovernmentJobs.com account to view your current application status and notifications.
Selection Process: The application material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for interview or testing. The Park District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment procedures before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment. The individual chosen for hire must be able to pass a fingerprint background check prior to employment. The probationary period for this classification is nine (9) months.
Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154.
Tentative Date of Examinations*:
Oral Panel Interview: During the month of October 2020
*This is a tentative timeline and subject to change based on the current COVID-19 pandemic and the Shelter In Place Orders mandated by Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the State of California
Equal Opportunity Employer:
The East Bay Regional Park District, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay.The East Bay Regional Park District will preserve a priceless heritage of natural and cultural resources open space, parks and trails for the future and will set aside park areas for enjoyment and healthful recreation for generations to come. An environmental ethic guides us in all that we do.
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