SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 1/18/2019 at https://www.fcgov.com/jobs/
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, motor vehicle report, and drug test required.
Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University (CSU), the City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture, educated and engaged citizens, outdoor recreation, bicycles, breweries, historic charm, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.
The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:
• No. 8 Top 25 Best-Performing Large Cities (Yahoo Finance 2016)
• “Top Ten Websites” Best of The Web Awards (Center for Digital Government – September 2016)
• Top 10 Healthiest Cities" (Livability.com - April 2015)
• No. 13 “Best Place to Live” (Livability.com - September 2015)
• No. 9, and “One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire” (CBS Money Watch - February 2012)
Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?
- Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
- Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick days
- Retirement + company matching – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
- Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
- Employee Assistance Program: counselling, legal, financial assistance
- Life insurance, short-term and long term disability
- Wellness program, workout facilities
- Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic
- Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
- Collaborative work environment
Plans, organizes, directs, administers, and evaluates natural areas activities and programs. Each position coordinates 3 of the following areas: school field trips, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, outdoor clubs, community programs, programs by request, and communications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.
• Works to increase recognition and deepen awareness and support City of Fort Collins natural areas, natural area values, and the natural areas vision and mission.
• Engages community members by planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating a variety of creative and inspiring volunteer opportunities, activities, media, and programs that connect people to the outdoors.
• Manages field trips for young people led by staff and Master Naturalist volunteers.
• Develops, revises, teaches, and evaluates field trip lessons for PreK-12th grade audiences that meet Poudre School District standards, actively engage students, are age-appropriate and culturally-relevant, and take advantage of the natural area setting.
• Teaches volunteers to lead the field trips, mentors and evaluates volunteer-educators through in-person and written feedback.
• Manages educational materials and lesson kits.
• Works closely with hourly staff to manage day-of field trip logistics.
• Collaboratively develops, implements, and evaluates programs with underserved audiences through culturally-relevant and inclusive activities and professional relationship-building.
• Manages a year-round calendar of community programs, educational activities and special events led by staff and Master Naturalist volunteers. Supports weekly evening programs and Saturday activities, May-October by being on-site or on-call. Supports monthly evening programming November-April. Works a Tuesday-Saturday schedule May-October.
• Writes text, selects images, and manages timeline to create marketing materials (such as Tracks & Trails) in collaboration with graphic designers.
• Evaluates program success guided by a logic model.
• Teaches volunteers to lead programming.
• Manages educational materials and lesson kits.
• Designs, implements, manages, and evaluates communication, interpretation, volunteer, and marketing materials in print, online, on signage, in social media, via video, and through other channels.
• Inventories, monitors, updates, and creates new print communications such as monthly event flyers and a portfolio of more than 15 brochures.
• May create and maintain webpages using a content management system.
• Manages interpretive signage on natural area sites including monitoring, updating, replacing, and creating new features as needed.
• Manages the Natural Areas exhibit at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, creates new materials as needed.
• May implement social media plan.
• Collaboratively creates videos to achieve educational and marketing goals.
• May develop podcasts, take photographs, and write electronic newsletters, educational books, and other communication materials.
• Coordinates customized activities requested by community members, “programs-by-request.”
• Develops, implements, and evaluates trainings focused on environmental education, diversity, equity and inclusion, communications, and interpretation.
• Develops, coordinates, and delivers customized presentations to a diversity of audiences on a variety of natural areas topics.
• Closely collaborates with hourly employees, interns, and volunteers.
• Participates as a positive and collaborative contributing member of the Natural Areas Education Team, gives constructive input on work planning, hiring, and budget preparation.
• May support public engagement processes using International Association for Public Participation concepts, tools, and practices to inform natural areas policy and regulations.
• May actively solicit, write, and manage grants.
This job oversees volunteers but has no supervisory responsibilities of employees.
QUALIFICATIONS The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.
• Experience and enthusiasm for working with community members and volunteers, required.
• Outstanding communication skills required, both orally and in writing.
• Excellent grammar, capitalization, spelling, proofreading, and writing skills required.
• Demonstrated ability to deliver enthusiastic, accurate, educational, creative and entertaining presentations to a variety of audiences of all ages.
• Excellent interpersonal skills required to develop and maintain professional relationships with diverse co-workers, volunteers, and community members. Ability to engage people from diverse backgrounds by practicing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Ability to work collaboratively on a team, with staff and partners and with diverse community members.
• Ability to work independently, have good judgment, discretion and initiative.
• Experience in and knowledge about the education profession including learning styles, teaching techniques, student engagement and management, materials selection criteria, Next Generation Standards, and instructional objectives formation. Skills in evaluating educational activities and learners including quality and outcome-based metrics.
• Experience in and knowledge about the environmental communications profession and ability to evaluate communication efforts required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the natural and cultural history of northern Colorado, environmental issues, and natural resource-related public policy, required.
• Ability to develop engaging, inspiring, field-based environmental education activities and lessons and implement them for grades PreK-12.
• Ability to develop compelling interpretive signs and brochures that meet established identity standards and guidelines.
• Ability to train and mentor volunteers to lead environmental education activities, use volunteer management software, manage groups in the field, communicate effectively, and accept and give feedback.
• Experience and knowledge planning an ongoing schedule of events such as classes, educational programs, trainings, recognition parties, and festivals.
• Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and experience of principles and best practices of diversity, equity and inclusion in natural resources. Spanish language proficiency desirable.
• Ability to gain detailed knowledge of the Natural Areas Department’s educational materials, services, management philosophy, and policies and procedures.
• Ability to drive volunteers and staff in vans that hold ten or more people.
• Ability to use a computer for communications, internet, word processing and basic spreadsheet programs. Ability to use publishing, graphics, webpage editing, presentation, and volunteer management software. Excellent record-keeping skills.
• Graphic design skills to produce high quality, professional marketing materials desirable.
• Ability to deal effectively with stressful situations and deadlines. Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and accomplish multiple assignments within a fast-paced, complex, innovative work environment.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in education, environmental communications, journalism, volunteer management, or a related field; and at least two years related experience in both environmental education/communications and volunteer management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret job-related written documents. Ability to write effective and clear reports, business correspondence, procedures, guidelines, volunteer job descriptions, and related materials. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from volunteers, employees, customers, representatives of other organizations and the general public. Must possess excellent listening skills and an ability to negotiate and mediate effectively. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints. Ability to write materials for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Colorado driver's license. Certified Interpretive Trainer (National Association for Interpretation), and Master Environmental Educator certification (Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education) preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear and walk up to six miles on paved and natural surface trails of moderate difficulty. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Standard office or classroom environment as well as outdoor work environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, sometimes during inclement weather. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Position involves frequent, short distance travel, and performing work at places such as at natural areas or parks, on trails, at schools, colleges, or universities, at non-profit and faith-based organization facilities, or at businesses.
The employee will be expected to work on natural areas sites inhabited by rattlesnakes and sites containing prairie dogs that may be infected with plague. The employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration. The employee may be exposed to mechanical moving mechanical parts.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.