Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hourly Pay: $15.00
Estimated average hours per week: 20
This position earns sick leave in accordance with the Healthy Families and Workplace Act. 
This is a part-time position that does not provide medical benefits 

The City of Aurora Naturalist program is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated part-time, temporary employee to assist with nature center staffing, program planning and presentation, and event staffing for 2021 and possibly beyond.

This position is a part-time position that is supervised by the natural resource's supervisor. Employment may extend beyond December 2021, depending on budget and staffing needs. On average, this position works 20 hours a week, Friday - Sunday, but some weeks may vary. Applicants must be willing to adjust the schedule to work evenings, holidays, and partial days, depending on programming needs.
This position uniquely combines highly energetic and interactive work with quiet, self-directed project time. Applicants should be able to stand and interact for hours at busy events, get on the floor and move like animals with preschoolers, and be motivated to start and complete projects in a quiet and unsupervised environment for long periods of time.


  • Leads or assists with Scout programs, nature-themed birthday parties, guided hikes, day camps, preschool programs, and curriculum-based programs for school-aged children in the Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts. Locations include, but are not limited to, Aurora parks and natural areas, nature centers, and schools. Virtual programming is also included. Temporary program restrictions are in place due to COVID; those will be lifted as soon as possible.
  • Staff information desks (answer phones, greet visitors, impromptu center and exhibit tours, etc.) at the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, Senac Creek Nature Center at Aurora Reservoir, or the Plains Conservation Center.
  • Assists full-time naturalists with interpretive programming, pre-k through adult age groups.
  • Plans, researches and presents interpretive programming for a variety of audiences.
  • Assists in researching, updating, designing, and installing interpretive exhibits on local plant and animal life as assigned.
  • Assists with live animal care for a small collection of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. 
  • Performs maintenance and light cleaning such as picking up trash, pulling weeds, vacuuming, dusting, shoveling snow, tidying restrooms, sweeping, and mopping.
  • Makes educational contacts with park users regarding park rules and regulations.


Education:  High School Diploma or GED


  • A passion for interacting positively with people of all ages and abilities.
  • A willingness to teach and work with various audiences, which can include preschool-aged children and their adult caregivers, adults with developmental disabilities, and English language learners.
  • A willingness to teach scientific concepts and principles such as adaptation, evolution, biology and ecology.
  • Flexibility in schedule and working environments varying from loud, busy and chaotic to quiet and focused.
  • Willingness to work weekends and some evenings and holidays.
  • Excellent driving record
  • Must have own reliable transportation and be able to get on your own to any Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space property.
  • Willingness to complete a background check.
  • Well organized and self-motivated.
  • Spanish language skills desired, but not required.
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Certified Interpretive Guide certification through the National Association for Interpretation a plus.


Physical Demands: Primarily physical and active work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 30 pounds; lifting, carrying, walking, and standing; the vision for reading, recording, and interpreting information; frequent speech communication with fellow employees, and Aurora citizens.

Work Environment: Works primarily in recreation facilities, public buildings, and/or parks. 

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: May use standard office equipment including, computers, calculators, copy/fax machines; may answer the telephone.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment histories, including military service and 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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