Minimum Education and Experience:
- College level coursework or prior work experience in environmental education, natural resources, biology, interpretation, or related field is required.
- Knowledge of central Illinois flora and fauna preferred.
- Prior experience working with children, particularly in environmental education or interpretation, is preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively without direct supervision.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the District and with external constituents.
- Ability to exercise sound judgement in solving problems and making decisions; ability to respond professionally and safely to challenging or emergency situations.
- CPR/AED and First Aid certified, or the ability to obtain certification within two months of employment.
- Valid driver's license is required.
- Must be fluent and able to communicate in English. Bilingual skills are a plus: proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, French, and/or American Sign Language preferred.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Some work is performed in a shared office setting with occasional interruptions. While performing this job, the employee regularly utilizes standard office equipment, including a computer. Work will also frequently be performed outdoors in various weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, snow, or ice. Employee may be exposed to hazardous flora and fauna (e.g. poison ivy, wild parsnip, biting/stinging insects, ticks) and chemicals (e.g. cleaning supplies or herbicides/pesticides).
The employee will have frequent interaction with co-workers as well as program participants and patrons. Ability to talk and hear or otherwise effectively communicate is required. Prolonged standing, walking, or hiking on unpaved/uneven terrain may be required during programs. Duties may also include climbing, stopping, twisting, balancing, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. The employee may regularly handle, grasp, or feel objects; reach, push, or pull to reposition items; and will occasionally lift up to 25 pounds to shoulder height or above and up to 50 pounds to carrying height.
Use of personal protective equipment will be required based on job specific tasks. This may include, but is not limited to, the following items:
• Closed toed shoes
• Protective gloves
• Safety goggles or glasses
• Earplugs or ear covers
• Reflective vest or hi-vis shirt
• Respirators or masks
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described above are representative of those an employee must meet in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To Apply: Applicants must submit an online application at www.ccfpd.org and attach a cover letter detailing their interest in the position. Review of applications will begin February 28, 2018. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For more information, please visit www.ccfpd.org or contact Stacey Clementz, Education Program Specialist at 217-896-2455 or email@example.com.