Job Class Specification for:
Class Specification Schematic Number: 2250004
Positions in this class, under general supervision, plan, develop,
coordinate, and implement natural science educational, interpretive, and informational
services programs, such as nature walks, workshops and courses at City parks. They develop
and conduct interpretive presentations for community groups, volunteers and teachers;
identify and study the fauna, flora, climate and geological features of a park, their
interrelationships and how they are influenced by people; research, write and coordinate
production of interpretive educational and program promotional materials. Positions in
this class occasionally have lead responsibility for positions such as Education Aides,
Recreation Leaders, Recreation Attendants, volunteers, or other staff assigned to
specialized program area.
Distinguishing Characteristics of the Class:
This is the journey level class in the Naturalist series. This class
differs from that of Naturalist, Sr. in that the latter class has supervisory authority
over other Naturalists.
The work of this professional class requires a specialized knowledge of
educational program development, and teaching experience in natural science, cultural
history, or outdoor skills that interpret the site or collections of the assigned program
specialty, such as a zoo, aquarium, park or museum.
The work requires making decisions on program content and method of
presentation. Guidelines exist in the form of department policies and procedure manuals.
However, the employee must use judgment when developing programs and materials for diverse
age groups. Goals and objectives are usually set by the employee and supervisor, and the
employee is responsible for resolving typical problems. Personal contacts are with
department staff and staff of other City Departments to coordinate work activities and
with the general public, community groups, and organizations for the purpose of providing
Examples of Work:
- Plans, develops and implements public education programs for various groups and age
levels, including nature walks and interpretive programs related to natural and cultural
features of a park.
- Provides technical information for instructors, volunteers, or other staff who provide
educational and interpretive service at the site.
- Assigns, leads and evaluates Recreation Leaders, Recreation Attendants, Educational
Aides, volunteers and interns involved in program support and delivery.
- Evaluates interpretive programs and classes and recommends revisions as necessary.
- Researches, writes, and coordinates the production of interpretive educational material
in support of education programs including scripts, curriculum material, handouts and
- Writes, edits, and coordinates production of program promotional materials including
brochures, fliers and posters.
- Develops and conducts interpretive presentations to community groups, volunteers and
- Assists in organizing, directing and coordinating activities of advisory council.
- Maintains animal specimen collection and incorporates its use in education programs.
- May patrol park grounds to ensure security and the public's observance of park rules and
regulations, provide education, and respond to questions.
- Maintains records of program activities and prepares a variety of reports as requested.
- Assists in preparing budget recommendations for program area; monitors budget
expenditures and instructor contracts as needed.
- Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
When conducting nature walks and park patrol activities, incumbents are
required to spend long periods of time standing or walking in all types of weather
conditions; however, most work is performed in a normal City office environment. May
be required to work evenings and weekends.
Requires a minimum of two years of experience in a zoo, aquarium,
museum, park, or a similar facility performing, preparing and/or coordinating interpretive
educational programs, and a baccalaureate degree in natural sciences, natural resource
management, education, or related field (or a combination of education and/or training
and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of
Licensing and Other Requirements:
Current State of Washington driver's license or evidence of equivalent
mobility. First aid and CPR certificate within six months of hire.
This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and
levels of work difficulty required of positions in this class. It is not intended as a
complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.
Class adopted January 2, 1991.
Date posted 4/29/1999
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