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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:P4121

PARKS NATURALIST I

NATURE OF WORK

This is specialized work fostering the appreciation and protection of the natural resources in the County parks system.

Work involves assisting the Parks Naturalist II in researching of human and natural history of each park, and in some planning and design functions. Work may involve assisting in operating a nature center. Work also involves giving talks, guiding tours, and conducting educational and interest programs. Supervision or direction may be exercised over a limited number of volunteers in various projects and over subordinate employees. Work is reviewed through meetings, conferences, and observation of work performed.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Performs necessary research of human and natural history of each park.

Offers educational nature programs outside the parks for schools, children's groups, garden clubs, retiree associations, and state and local conservation groups.

Assists in operation and maintenance of an interpretive nature center.

Conducts tours for the public and presents interpretive talks.

Coordinates various park projects with staff and volunteers to achieve additional interpretive management goals.

Leads groups on walks to identify plants, animals, birds, fish and insects, and explains relationship of one to another.

Designs exhibits, trail booklets and displays to depict natural history and resources of each park.

Assists Parks Naturalist II in botanical garden planting layout and design of boardwalks, nature and equestrian trails.

Assist in developing resource management plans for parks.

Performs related work as required.



KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge of the flora and fauna of South Florida.

Some knowledge of developing displays, booklets and trail side exhibits.

Some knowledge of nature photography.

Ability to lecture before interested groups.

Ability to communicate effectively through various media.

Ability to plan, direct and supervise the work of a limited number of volunteers and subordinates.

Ability to manage a nature center.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in biological or natural sciences, conservation, or related field; six (6) months experience as a naturalist, in environmental education or related field; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Possession of a valid Florida Driver's license at time of appointment.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Code of Ethics

Certification: No

Work Locations: Parks & Recreation

Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E3/87 R5/00

 


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