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Naturalist - Cincinnati Nature Center

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Green Umbrella

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023

Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

About the position:

Cincinnati Nature Center is looking for a Cincinnati Area Naturalist interested in working on the Programming Team! This is an active team who loves being outdoors in nature, both on and off trail! The Programs Team provides programming for all audiences. The schedule for this position is flexible and based on program offerings. Expectations are 2-3 school programs each week and the remaining hours are filled with public program offerings.

The perfect candidate would be someone who thrives in the outdoors, loves people of all ages, loves local natural history, and is interested in teaching through interpretive techniques. Night and weekend availability is a must but it flexible. Click here to see current program offerings.

CIG designation is preferred, but not required.

BENEFITS: 30 days of paid time off, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) participation with a 5% company contribution after 1 year of service.

Classification: Hourly/Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Program Manager, Schools

Category: 24 hours/week, with Paid Time Off (PTO)

Schedule: Flexible schedule including some nights and weekends

Department: Programming

Revision: July 2023


With specific direction from the Program Managers, plan and deliver interpretative programs and hikes on an as-needed basis for both school field trips and public programs. Executes all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service and in keeping with the Nature Center’s Mission, Values and Principles. A love of nature is a must for this position as original content comes from the Nature Center's land.

Essential Job Responsibilities


School Field Trips: Plan and deliver interpretive natural history hikes to small trail groups for schools visiting for field trips.

Public Programs: Deliver top quality interpretive natural history programs to children, adults, and families. Programs may include Playscape activities, drop-in activities, interpretive nature hikes (full moon hikes, maple hikes, wildflower hikes), special events, and scout hikes to name a few.

Outreach Programs: Work with partner organizations to expose children and youth from under-resourced communities to the natural world.

Educate on a wide variety of different natural history topics using interpretive techniques for adults, children, youth, and mixed age groups. As a science -based organization, climate, evolution, ecology, and other scientific principles are at our core and will be part of the education experience.

Attend all required training with a focus on continuous improvement.

Set up and clean up is required as part of each program.

School field trips typically take place Mon-Fri from 9am – 2pm. Public and outreach programs typically take place weekends and evenings.

OTHER DUTIES: Coordinate and assist in training of volunteers during some programs, participate in assessment and recommend improvements to programs as well as assist with generating program ideas.

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:

High school diploma or GED required.

Experience with delivering programs in an interpretive way is preferred.

Must be able to effectively tell the Nature Center’s story.

Must be comfortable discussing and articulating evolution, ecology, climate change and other scientific principles which are at the core of this science-based organization

Excellent teaching and group management skills required


Excellent public speaking skills

Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


Knowledge of natural history and basic biological science, strong local natural history knowledge is a plus

Commitment and ability to articulate CNC Mission

Collaborative, high flexible working style

Great customer service skills

Must enjoy people and be able to interact easily

A sense of humor, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit

General interest in nature and the environment

Must pass a background check

Desire for continuous learning

Must maintain active CPR/First Aid certification

Computer Skills:

Must be proficient in email or willing to learn email software.

Work Environment:

The work is primarily performed outdoors in the nature preserve. Some work is performed indoors in an office environment.

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.

Must be able to stand walk for significant periods of time.

Must be comfortable on-trail and off-trail.


Cincinnati Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer.

We cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees, guests, members, volunteers, and donors.

We respect individual strengths, views, and experiences.

We are committed to fair employment practices including conducting business without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or veteran status.

More information can be found here.