Naturalist, Full Time


Cincinnati Nature Center

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Brittney Torres

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Milford, OH
United States

Cincinnati Nature Center is looking for a nature enthusiast to join our programming team! Full-time benefits include medical, dental, vision, short & long term disability, life insurance for employees and their dependents in addition to 30 days of PTO. Successful candidates will have great organization and communication skills, have a passion for working with the public, like to have fun and will have a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. If this describes you, we would love for you to apply!


General Information

Position Title: Naturalist

Classification: Hourly & Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Engagement & Events Manager

Category: Regular FT

Department: Operations & Visitor Experience

Schedule: Varied hours including weekends and evenings; 30 hours a week

Revision: February 2024


As part of the Programs team, and direction from the Engagement & Events Manager, you will help with the planning and delivery educational and interpretative programs and events. This includes large events focused on targeted audiences as dictated by ongoing strategy and our evolving foraging initiatives. It also includes school field trips, scout programs, Nature PlayScape activities and more. You will execute all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service, and in keeping with Cincinnati Nature Center Mission, Values, and Principles.


Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Work collaboratively with the Engagement and Events Manager and others to plan, coordinate and execute all aspects of CNC programming and special events.
  • Assist with day-of execution and support for the Nature Center events and programs.
  • Serve as the liaison to the Volunteer Team to coordinate scheduling of event volunteers and communications therein.
  • In collaboration with the School Program Manager, lead field trip groups, serve as “on-point” person for field trips, and assist with teacher trainings and school yard garden installations.
  • With direction from the School Program Manager, schedule and register school groups, track school engagement, and communicate with teachers.
  • In collaboration with the Public Programs Manager, assist with foraging initiatives and programs including planning, gardening, and leading programming.
  • Assist with other public programs including scouts, family programs, Nature PlayScape activities, Nature for All, and more.



These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position.  This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned herein.


Education and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree (environmental science preferred), or equivalent experience
  • 2-4 years of public program delivery 
  • Excellent group management skills required, both with children and adults
  • Strong knowledge  of local natural history and basic biological science
  • A sense of humor, creativity and professional demeanor
  • Ability to maintain a professional, calm demeanor when dealing with many guests
  • Ability to schedule staff, maintain program records and organize materials
  • Proven track record problem solving



  • Excellent communication skills, including oral, written and especially listening skills
  • Commitment and ability to articulate Cincinnati Nature Center’s mission
  • A positive, friendly and social disposition



  • Positive, friendly, and social disposition
  • Ability and desire to learn
  • Must pass a background check and remain current on First Aid/CPR


Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office products


Work Environment:

  • The work is performed outdoors in a nature center. 
  • Local travel may be required. Some travel to regional conferences may be required. When a Nature Center vehicle is not available, the use of personal vehicle (reimbursed at IRS recommended rate) may be needed for Cincinnati Nature Center business.


Physical Demands:

  • This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.



Compensation Information

$18.00/hour plus benefits (medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability, life insurance) including 30 days of PTO.