The summer interpretive naturalist volunteer will work with the education staff and volunteers at Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks on the shore of Saratoga Passage. The summer volunteer will lead outdoor discovery experiences and experiential education. The summer volunteer will also have the opportunity to develop a capstone project. The majority of programming will be for children ages 4-12. The volunteer will assist staff in developing and maintaining education materials, and presenting evening programs. The volunteer will work to create a sense of stewardship and to provide youth and adults with opportunities to enjoy the rich legacy of Washington State Parks.
State Parks’ Interpretive Specialist, under the general supervision of the State Parks Area Manager.
- Lead or assist with seven or more programs per work week including interpretive tours, nature and science programs, Junior Ranger programs, craft (a significant portion of programs) and historic skills programs.
- Lead naturalist hikes over uneven terrain in a variety of weather conditions.
- Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about temperate rainforest habitats and marine ecosystems.
- Ensure that all “Calendar of Events” are accurate for the week ahead.
- Performs routine maintenance of interpretive facilities and displays to include cleaning functions and janitorial.
- Every two weeks, submit a timesheet and written feedback about the programs and volunteer experience.
- Energetic, creative individual with high level of self-motivation. Good organizational skills. Excellent communication skills.
- 2 years of college or equivalent practical experience.
- Some experience with teaching, interacting with the public or interpretation.
- Ability to lift 40 lbs. Ability to hike over uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
- The normal work schedule is Thursday through Monday (including Monday, July 4th) and 40 hours per week. The successful candidate will be required to work some evenings and during the Independence Day weekend.
- Must be able to begin work by Saturday, June 25. Must work through Friday, September 2. (The first day can be as early as Saturday, June 11; the last day can be as late as Sunday, September 11)
- Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Puget Sound region desired.
- Ability to work cohesively as a member of the Cama Beach State Park team.
- Ability to maintain composure if exposed to negative comments from the public.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
This summer volunteer position provides the successful candidate with up to 400 hours of experience. A stipend of $2.50 per hour will be provided by Cama Beach Foundation. Housing will be provided at Cama Beach State Park.
This position is funded by
Cama Beach Foundation, www.camabeachfoundation.org
Please send a one-page cover letter indicating interest in this position and a one-page resume including three references. Submittals accepted beginning January 28, 2016; Closing Date: open until filled.
1880 S West Camano Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282