Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hiring pay for this position is $23.17 - $27.77 annually
Full salary range for this position is $23.17 -$32.38 annually

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovative workspaces
This position will be required to work nights, weekends and Holidays

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.**  

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

This is the first level of a four-level Natural Resources series. Incumbents are responsible for staffing nature centers, developing, scheduling, and facilitating nature education programs, developing exhibits, and working with the natural resource supervisor and specialists on other duties as assigned. Details are as follows:

  • Daily responsibilities:
    • Educational programming- assisting with planning and facilitation of naturalist school programs, public programs, scout and preschool programs, and other programming as designed and assigned 
    • Conducting outreach activities- programs at schools, local events, HOA programs in Aurora, etc. 
    • Maintaining assets- performing minor housekeeping duties at nature centers as directed, including vehicles, displays, sod houses, tipis, etc.
    • Public engagement- assists with staffing nature centers, educational booths, and bike/pedestrian trails throughout Aurora to engage with the public  

  • Weekly/monthly responsibilities:
    • Collecting and reporting data- compile weekly reports, compile program and visitation numbers and evaluation feedback on programming 
    • Research and data collection- coordinate and train volunteers to perform plant and animal surveys at different natural areas including, but not limited to, Star K Ranch, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora Reservoir, Quincy Reservoir, Pronghorn Natural Area, Ponderosa Preserve, Confluence Open Space.
    • Works with OSNR steward volunteer coordinator to develop content and design for OSNR steward newsletter. 
    • Assists natural resource specialists in coordinating, scheduling, and inputting public programming into the registration system.
    • Works with the school program coordinator to reach out to and schedule local schools for curriculum-based science programming.

  • Other duties as assigned:
    • Educational exhibits- designing, writing the text for and assisting in the fabrication of temporary exhibits for Morrison Nature Center, Plains Conservation Center, and Senac Creek Nature Center.
    • Collaboration with the professional community- serving as the liaison between the naturalist team and outside professional organizations such as the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, etc. 
    • Provides assistance to natural resource specialists in working with volunteers to help coordinate and support projects, schedule hours, and provide overall support. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 1-2 years college studying a natural resource or education-related field, such as biology, zoology, environmental education 
Experience:
  • Minimum one year experience developing and implementing informal nature programming
  • 1-2 years working directly with the public in an educational setting preferred
Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Enjoys working with and educating all ages and ability levels
  • Willing to work days, evenings, weekends, some holidays
  • Passionate about getting Aurora citizens into nature to experience our natural resources
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of Aurora/Colorado ecology, including high plains, riparian, and ponderosa pine ecosystems
  • Basic knowledge of Aurora/Colorado high plains wildlife and plant life
  • Basic knowledge of teaching techniques in an informal setting
Skills:  
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Understands and uses techniques to teach to any age or ability level
  • Skill in the use of windows-based programs
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Skill in customer relations and public speaking
  • Skill in checking information for accuracy and completeness and correcting errors
 
Abilities:  
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, including team and other workgroup members
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Strong ability to speak, understand, and write in the English language
  • Creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner
Licenses and Certifications Required:  
  • Certified Interpretive Guide certification through the National Association for Interpretation preferred
  • Spanish speaking abilities preferred
  • Updated CPR/1st aid certification preferred
  • Valid Driver's License with a good driving history

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands: 

  • Sedentary to moderate physical work; may require the ability to lift up to a maximum of 50 pounds; may require lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 20 pounds; may require regular standing and walk; may require bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard and other office equipment; may require foot/eye coordination for operation of a motor vehicle; vision to read reports and other written material; frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: 
  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; may require outdoor work with exposure to weather elements such as sun, wind, rain, and snow
.Essential Personnel: 
  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel 
Equipment Used: 
  • Personal computer, laptop, and other office equipment.  May be required to operate a motor vehicle
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For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
            
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
                                         
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
 

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies 

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