Under direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts interpretive programs; promotes the proper utilization, protection, and appreciation of the natural resources found in District parks and open space areas. Performs tasks related to the District’s environmental, historical, and cultural resource planning and management; and performs related work as required.
Receives general supervision from higher-level supervisory staff. Exercises direction over lower-level staff.
The Naturalist is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and conducting interpretive programs. Incumbents regularly work on tasks that are varied and complex, requiring considerable discretion and independent judgment to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the assigned area. Assignments are given with general guidelines and incumbents are responsible for establishing objectives, timelines, and methods to deliver services. This classification is distinguished from the Chief Ranger in that the latter has overall administrative and operational responsibility for open space programs and services.
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
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Must possess: mobility to work in various parks and open space areas; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work around machines, to climb and descend ladders, to operate a variety of tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to distinguish colors in wiring; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. Frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard and/or calculator and to operate tools and equipment. Incumbents in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and inspect work sites. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 30 pounds or heavier weights with assistance and/or the use of proper equipment.
Incumbents work in both indoor and outdoor environments with moderate to loud noise levels. May work in controlled temperature conditions, cold and hot temperatures, or inclement weather conditions. Exposure to a variety of plant and animal species. Incumbents will interact with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.
Incumbents may be assigned an on-call and irregular work schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays.
Date Adopted: 5/31/17 Job Code: PT559 FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Supersedes: Ranger/Naturalist dated 12/10/14 & 3/14/07