The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for someone who loves working with people and is passionate about teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about birds, wildlife and wetland habitats! The new program specialist will work at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center to teach people how wetlands and active wildlife resource management help ensure that wildlife can thrive in Utah.
The program specialist helps plan, coordinate, conduct and evaluate the education programs and wildlife-related recreation events held at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. The program specialist also supports the center coordinator and the EWEC volunteer team in maintaining the grounds and facilities cleanly and professionally.
As a wildlife recreation program specialist, you will:
- Develop a wildlife-focused curriculum for site-specific conservation education and interpretive programs such as unguided and semi-guided field trips.
- Plan and conduct wildlife-related recreation clinics, seminars and wildlife-viewing events.
- Plan and conduct site-related community engagement and general wildlife learning interpretive programs.
- Assist the center coordinator with the cleaning and maintenance of the facility.
- Plan and conduct training for visitor services and education program volunteers.
- Assist the coordinator with volunteer management.
- Coordinate a wildlife-focused, educator training program focused on K-12 conservation education.
- Develop partnerships with wildlife-related non-governmental organizations, conservation education groups, and professional educators.
The ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will have:
- A bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resources, outdoor recreation, environmental science, education or a closely related field.
- The ability to communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Experience interacting with visitors positively and enthusiastically while answering their questions about the wetlands, the education center and the surrounding wildlife.
- Knowledge and experience with the practices, principles and theories related to conservation education and environmental interpretation.
- Prior work experience cultivating working relationships with K-12 teachers and county school administrators.
- Experience developing creative, pragmatic ways to solve problems and improve processes.
- The ability to be highly organized and detail-oriented.