Seasonal Park Naturalist

Organization

Olmsted County Parks Department

Job status

Job Category

Job Type

Job Duration

Job Compensation Type

Remote

No

Contact Name

Cassandra Ray

Contact Email

cassandra.ray@olmstedcounty.gov

Contact Phone

507-328-7519

Location

Byron, MN
United States

Under general supervision of the Oxbow Park Manager and in cooperation with a Park Naturalist, performs specialized work in the operation of the Oxbow Park Zoo.

Summary

Olmsted County has earned the 2023 Best Places to Work - Southeast Minnesota designation.

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Individuals will be required to complete a pre-employment and any potential post-accident drug test as these positions are deemed safety sensitive. Regardless of Minnesota statute, marijuana and other drugs will disqualify individuals from initial and continued employment.  

Desirable Qualifications:
Experience or training in wildlife biology, ecology or related fields of study. 

Nature of Work

Under general supervision of the Oxbow Park Manager and in cooperation with a Park Naturalist, performs specialized work in the operation of the Oxbow Park Zoo. 

Examples of Work

  • Assist with zoo and park maintenance, present educational programs to all age groups, assist in design and construction of nature center displays 
  • Maintains zoo facilities in an acceptable manner to the public; monitoring zoo livestock health conditions; administering medications to livestock as required under the direction of a qualified veterinarian and maintaining animals in health and environmental conditions acceptable to the US Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act of 1970, as amended 
  • Conducts tours of the zoo or park environmental areas 
  • Keeps accurate records of livestock inventory covering acquisition, disposal and treatments of animals 
  • Designs and assists with construction of animal exhibits with consideration given to effective displays and ease of maintenance 
  • Participates in other types of maintenance, construction or other Park activities, such as trail maintenance, as directed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of wildlife, biology and ecology 
  • Considerable knowledge of wildlife, park environment habitat, and interpretive materials 
  • Considerable skill working with animals 
  • Skill in communication
  • Ability to cooperate with co-workers and deal tactfully and effectively with the public 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing 
  • Ability to keep accurate records of livestock inventory and care 

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

Compensation Information

$17.00 - $20.00 Hourly