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Interpretive Specialist - Fernald Preserve

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Green Umbrella

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Organization: Fernald Preserve

About the position:

Job Title: Interpretive Specialist

Location(s): Fernald, OH

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Hiring Range: $45,000.00 - $58,000.00/yr. The anticipated starting salary pay range of $45,000.00 - $58,000.00/yr. with bachelor’s degree and 5 years The offered salary may be more depending upon additional education, training, and experience of the selected applicant.

Schedule: This position is primarily scheduled when the Visitors Center is open, Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors Center hours are 9 am - 5 pm Wednesday to Saturday & 12 - 5 pm on Sunday. This position will also be scheduled to provide evening coverage.

Clearance and Health Requirements:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Pre-placement Drug Screening
  • Fit for Duty Test (if applicable)

RSI EnTech, LLC is recruiting for an Interpretive Specialist to join our Fernald Site Interpretive Center team. This position will be responsible for front-line public engagement, programming, and site tours Wednesday through Saturday during normal business hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) and Sunday during (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm). This potion will also provide front-line public engagement, programming, and site tours in the evening with varying hours. Support includes staffing the front desk, serving as the initial point of contact for the public, performing safety walkarounds, and conducting weekend programming. Interpretive specialists engage the public with historical, scientific, and natural history information and interpret the histories and current operations of LM sites through in-person engagement and virtual programs. Content generated contributes to presentations, displays, exhibits, and materials for the LM public website, publications, and social media.

This position will spend 30% of the time teaching outside or offsite programing.

Primary responsibilities and essential functions:

  • Provide coverage at the Fernald Site during weekend open hours, 9:00 am – 5 pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday related to information for public and private groups, visitors, partner groups, government, and non-government.
  • Conduct historical, scientific, natural history and operational research in ongoing efforts that contribute to site knowledge in supporting public engagement, exhibits development, document production, and media.
  • Serve as project lead to develop project plans for site related interpretive projects and exhibits. Includes planning, developing, and participating in public on- and off-site special events such as Earth Day and similar.
  • Support site activities conducted by external partners such as meeting room use, trail events, and similar.
  • Write and develop program themes, prepare presentations, hikes, talking points, outreach publications, brochures, digital content, and other printed and electronic materials intended for distribution to the public.
  • Perform duties consistent with interpretive center operational plans, procedures, and policies.
  • Share information and work collaboratively throughout all levels of the LM/LMSP organization.
  • Work safely and demonstrates a strong compliance to the company’s health, safety and environmental compliance programs, policies, and process.
  • Ensure the Visitor Center remains open to the public during regular business hours by staffing the front desk when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work experience, skills, and capabilities needed:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Working confidentially and professionally with a wide diverse audience.
  • Researching, developing, and providing original programming and exhibits.
  • Ability to perform independent work and collaborate with a diverse team.
  • Positive orientation towards customer service.
  • Strong attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to work with the public in various educational settings with a wide diversity in audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, co-workers, stakeholders, and the general public.
  • Ability to present interpretive programs; engage and communicate with audiences; and support special events.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discretion regarding confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to communicate complex information with diverse technical and nontechnical stakeholder groups.
  • Proven problem-solving, decision-making, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to maintain a safe working environment for self, coworkers, and the public.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage expectations across multiple, competing projects/priorities with quick turn-around times.
  • Ability to think and act creatively to define a project and execute a project plan.
  • Ability to work under pressure to complete tasks with aggressive due dates.

Technical knowledge, certifications/licenses, and software proficiency required:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong attention to detail and quality.
  • Valid unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Required Education and Years of Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Interpretation, Communication, Environmental Science, or a related field and minimum 5 years of relevant experience.

Desirable qualifications, experience, or proficiencies of the ideal candidate:

  • Experience in teaching or training role.
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Association for Interpretation “Certified Interpretive Guide” certification or related training
  • Familiarity working as a contractor for the U.S. government.
  • Knowledge of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management.
  • Proficiency with SharePoint
  • Familiarity with the concepts and functions of interpretation and formal education.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

The employee exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. The employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel, to reach with hands and arms, and to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The employee is regularly required handle or feel, to reach, and communicate. The employee is frequently required to move about and maintain various positions. The employee must have the ability to perceive the environment and observe technical material and emails.

EEO Statement:

ASRC Industrial (AIS) and its operating companies affords equal opportunity in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, familial status, disability status, veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under Federal, State or Local law. AIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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