Position: Temporary Full-time Naturalist Dates: March 11 –June 2 2019 (specific dates TBD)
The Employee will provide services to DTPC as Naturalist at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area (DTRNA). The Naturalist is expected to be on site Tuesday through Saturday during operating hours (8 am to 5pm) during the 2019 season (tentatively March 11 – June 2). The Naturalist is expected to be mature and forthright in dealing with difficult situations and visitors, e.g. violations of regulations and rules, and to report violations promptly to a Bureau of Land Management Ranger and other Law Enforcement agencies as appropriate to the situation. The Naturalist will use good judgement in dealing with potential first aid issues such as heat stroke, heat prostration, rattlesnake bites, etc. The Naturalist will represent him/herself as being employed by the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, Inc. and as a Bureau of Land Management volunteer. The Naturalist will refer all problems or visitor complaints to the DTPC supervisor as soon as possible. The Employee will provide the services outlined in (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E) below.
- STATEMENT OF DUTIES
(A) Interpretive Services. The Naturalist is expected to greet all visitors with an open, friendly demeanor. The Naturalist must be knowledgeable about the fauna and flora of the DTRNA; the organizations and agencies responsible for its creation and stewardship, particularly the DTPC; and the role of the DTRNA in conserving a part of the desert biome. The Naturalist will use this knowledge to provide information to the public in the course of welcoming visitors, conducting scheduled and unscheduled nature walks, presentations, and other educational activities. The Naturalist will observe visitor activity and behavior and will take appropriate action if a prohibited activity is observed. The Naturalist’s actions may include speaking to the individuals involved, telling them that the activity is prohibited, and requesting alternative actions if appropriate, or notifying the appropriate law enforcement authorities. In order to provide interpretive information to visitors, the Naturalist should know the following information: plant communities typical of the Mojave Desert and common and scientific names of principal species of perennial shrubs; vertebrate species of the reptiles, mammals, and breeding birds of the Area; State and federal regulations regarding wild and captive desert tortoise matters including why the desert tortoise was federally and state listed, causes of population and habitat decline; and the functions of the Bureau of Land Management and the DTPC as they apply to the DTNA.
(B) Data Collection and Reporting. The Naturalist will record information about visitors and visitation patterns, maintain daily activity reports, and record wildlife sightings and all unusual activities using the daily activity report forms provided by DTPC. The Naturalist will take notes and keep records of hourly and daily observations and activities. Notes will be taken in permanent black ink and the original copies will become the property of DTPC. The Naturalist will enter monitoring data onto the daily activity report forms immediately on making the observation whenever possible. The Naturalist will prepare a weekly summary of visitor use information gathered over that period, a summary of interpretive activities, any problems encountered and their resolution, and any other observations which might contribute to better stewardship of the DTNA and bordering habitat. The Naturalist will assist in the preparation of the annual Naturalist report.
(C) Monitoring. The Naturalist will record visitor attendance, the number of tours conducted, other visitor use information that may be required, and wildlife sighting information, especially concerning desert tortoises, common ravens and Mohave ground squirrels. The Naturalist will observe the conduct of visitors and take appropriate action when prohibited activities are observed, will monitor the outhouse for venomous animals, and will intercept releases or removals of desert tortoises. The Naturalist will maintain and add to a list of vertebrate species found on or adjacent to the Natural Area. Observations must be documented as to date, time, location, and activity of the animal. Most monitoring activity will take place in the vicinity of the DTNA Interpretive Center, but the DTPC may request monitoring of other areas as well.
(D) Assisting with Other DTPC Activities and Programs. During scheduled work time, the Naturalist will assist other DTPC personnel and volunteers as necessary to conduct activities at the DTNA or vicinity, such as volunteer-guided tours, stewardship activities, and survey work. The Naturalist will offer DTPC fundraising products for sale to visitors as appropriate and when sales will not interfere with educational and interpretive services. Records will be kept of all sales and monies received. All collected monies will be sent to the DTPC Treasurer at the end of each work week. The Naturalist will distribute DTPC membership forms and information.
(E) Site Maintenance
(i) The Tortoise Discovery Center (Motor Home). The Naturalist shall keep the office area of the motor home (the area between the front of the motor home and the kitchenette) clean, neat and in good order at all times. Normally, educational activities will take place outside the motor home but during inclement weather, the interior of the motor home may be used to interface with visitors. In addition, DTPC personnel and others may need to meet inside the motor home or enter to access educational materials and DTPC products. The motor home may provide temporary quarters for the Naturalist and other DTPC staff, and is not to be used for personal transportation or to provide overnight accommodation for unapproved guests. The motor home shall be kept locked whenever the Naturalist leaves its vicinity to speak with visitors or to guide tours away from the immediate vicinity. The Naturalist shall move all externally-placed educational materials inside the motor home whenever the Naturalist leaves the Interpretive Center.
(ii) Interpretive Center. The Naturalist shall keep the parking lot and vicinity clean by picking up incidental trash, etc. The Naturalist will check the toilet and kiosk area for rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and recluse spiders on a daily basis. Spiders should be removed from the toilet and kiosk. The Naturalist will inspect the exhibits along the trails each morning and maintain them as required.
- STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Demonstrated professional and/or educational commitment to environmental conservation, public outreach, and/or scientific research
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with a diversity of interest groups, public and private agencies, and members of the general public
- Exceptional recommendations from professional, educational, and personal references
- Basic understanding and ability to administer first-aid
- Ability to maintain accurate and complete records and incorporate information into Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets, Microsoft Access database, and Microsoft Word word processing computer programs
- Ability to live on-site in the DTPC’s motor home at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area, Kern County, California during the term of the part-time employment
- Possessing and maintaining a valid state driver’s license
- Having and maintaining eligibility to work in the United States pursuant to federal law; along with submission of employment eligibility documentation.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Ms. Jillian Estrada at firstname.lastname@example.org.