Job: Naturalist, Environmental Learning Center
Thursday, October 08, 2015 08:00 PM

Naturalist (Environmental Educator), Environmental Learning Center

About the Organization

The mission of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC), a not-for-profit nature center located in Vero Beach, FL, is to educate, inspire and empower all people, including those with minimal access to nature, to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. Now in its 27th year, the ELC serves on- and off-site nearly 20,000 children and adults through school excursion, camp, adult education, professional development and other programs. Its 64-acre campus is surrounded on three sides by the Indian River Lagoon, an estuary of national significance, and is 1.4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The campus includes native plant gardens, an interactive museum including aquaria and touch tank, pontoon boat and canoes, children’s nature play area, visitor center, gift shop, picnic facilities and more. One and a half miles of raised boardwalks, trails, docks and elevated lookout stations with educational signage and a wireless audio tour also allow guests an educational first-hand experience of mangrove forests and the lagoon.

Position Summary

The Naturalist is an invaluable team member of the ELC, helping to strengthen current programs and create new nature education and outreach initiatives focused on building a positive relationship between people and the environment. Reporting to the Education Director, the Naturalist is responsible for working closely with the organization’s fellow staff and large volunteer core in planning, developing, and implementing environmental education and enrichment activities for youth and adults on- and off-campus, with particular focus on expanding the organization’s offerings for diverse audiences including those who have minimal contact with nature and/or are facing financial, physical and/or psychological challenges. This is a new position for the organization.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and teach cross-disciplinary, participatory programs including but not limited to school field trip, camp, professional development and adult enrichment programs. Collaborate with other organizations in developing, maintaining and assessing impact of nature-based programs that serve community needs. Contribute to the expansion and maintenance of interpretive exhibits and displays, including aquaria. Assist in project and funding proposal development in collaboration with fellow staff and community members. Represent the organization at community events and in other venues, as applicable. Other duties as required.


Required: Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the organization’s mission and initiatives, e.g. environmental education, environmental social sciences, environmental communications, ecological or conservation-based biological sciences, or human health. Minimum of two years relevant professional experience. Positive, energetic, and outgoing attitude with a strong work ethic, team-player mentality, and willingness and ability to adapt to changing scenarios. Creativity and passion for engaging diverse audiences with nature in a variety of settings. Out-of-the-box strategic thinking and ability to implement plans that support moving the organization forward. Self-motivated, and committed to working with audiences who have minimal contact with nature. A willingness to continually learn. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for transportation to off-site programs (mileage reimbursed). Two years of professional experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Environmental Education or Environmental/Conservation Psychology, or an area related to the organization’s mission as described above, with a minimum of three years’ relevant professional experience. Strong educational or professional experience using nature as therapy or to improve quality of life for diverse audiences. Experience in project planning, funding proposal development and assessment. Experience in interpretive techniques and teaching Master Naturalist programs. Knowledge of Florida plants and ecology.

Physical and Sensory Requirements

Physical requirements include working outdoors under physically demanding conditions, sitting, standing, walking, lifting and carrying objects up to 30 pounds. Sensory requirements include the ability to communicate with and respond to staff, volunteers and the public in a friendly manner.

Hours and Benefits

Full-time position with benefits. Some weekend and evening programming required.

To Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position, and salary requirements to  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience.


Revisions, additions or deletions to this job description may be made at any point. 

The Environmental Learning Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job: Preserve Manager, Joseph Pines Preserve
Friday, August 28, 2015 10:42 PM

Preserve Manager
The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve (a.k.a the Center), Sussex County, VA

Close date on application:  November 30, 2015
Start Date: April 2016

Compensation    $15,000/year for a two year term, a free place to live, hunting and garden privileges.

To apply: Please visit for job application.  Complete applications include application form, cover letter, resume, college transcripts, three letters of reference, health report, and a VA State Police Sex Offender and Criminal History background check (SP-167).
Position Description & Requirements
The Meadowview Preserve Manager will primarily oversee activities on the 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County, VA and occasionally assist with activities on our 17 acre Central Virginia Preserve in Caroline County, VA.  The applicant should have a B.S. or B.A. degree in the biological sciences or a related field (e.g. wildlife management, conservation biology, etc.). Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2. 

The preserve manager should be knowledgeable in managing longleaf pine/pitcher plant ecosystems and have a record of having successfully worked in those areas with prescribed burning experience.  Experience in agronomy or a plant nursery preferred. 

The preserve manager must:

  • be able to produce well written reports; be skilled in the use of a computer including MS products such as Excel, Word, Publisher, Access and be competent in the use of social media such as Facebook;
  • be in excellent physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle;
  • have a Virginia prescribed burn manager certificate from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry;
  • have a Virginia applicators license for pesticides and herbicides;
  • be skilled at using and maintaining equipment such as chainsaws, estate tractors, bush-hog, riding mowers, string trimmers, log splitters, etc.;
  • have a basic knowledge and elementary proficiency in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical;
  • be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools;
  • be neat, organized, and consistently demonstrate that he/she can maintain the Center in a clean, organized, sanitary, and professional manner for staff, students, research fellows,  and public use. 
  • Possess and demonstrate the aptitude and ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff, employees, and the public, representing Meadowview in an ethical and professional manner. 

 The Preserve Manager is expected to be prepared with proper field gear including: steel toed work boots, rubber boots, gloves, safety glasses, work clothing, and Permethrin (Repel or similar product) tick repellant for field work safety.  

Specific Duties

  • Responsible for habitat restoration, invasive species control, and data collection on Meadowview preserves.  Activities include, but are not limited to: control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, plant longleaf pine seedlings, perform controlled pollinations on longleaf pine, map and census rare plant and animal populations and record other remarkable observations, collect and process cordwood for use in preserve wood furnace, remove competing or invasive hardwoods in pitcher plant habitats, collect and process rare plant seeds for propagation in nursery, assist and in some cases lead prescribed burns of preserves, collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis
  • Patrol Joseph Pines Preserve daily and log status report on security, remarkable observations concerning plants, animals, habitat conditions, trails, roads, firebreaks, bogs, research plots/projects, gardens, plant beds, etc.
  • Provide general oversight and maintenance of equipment and the Center
  • Interface with the general public, distribute Meadowview literature, answer questions, guide visitors through the preserve, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain public and personal living quarters at the Center and living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Plant and maintain vegetable garden to provide food for preserve manager, staff, and interns.  Supervise intern maintenance of vegetable garden and processing and storage (dried, canned, or frozen) of produce
  • Assist in development of rare plant nursery for preserve and regional habitat restoration
  • Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO

We recognize that a potential candidate may not have every specific aspect mentioned in the job description.  However, a successful candidate should possess as many of the specified attributes and qualifications as possible.  Where deficiencies exist, an action plan will be developed and employment will be considered conditional. 

What we’re looking for is a person who is familiar with the ecosystem, willing to be trained in our methods or certified for prescribed fire or herbicide/pesticide application, and PASSIONATE about what we’re doing.  If you think you have what it takes to perform this job, please contact us.

Questions?  Please contact or call 804-633-4336.

2015 OBFS Officer Nominations Open
Friday, August 28, 2015 09:12 PM

Nominations are open  for three officers of the Organization of Biological Field Stations. The positions are President, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.

Terms run for two years beginning on April 1 and all three of these officers serve on the Board of Directors that governs OBFS. Self nominations are welcome.

The nomination period will close on the morning of September 20, the last day of the 2015 Annual Meeting. More information on duties of the positions can be found in the Governance section of the website. Please send names of nominees to me or to any of the current OBFS officers. We will need a short bio and photo of each nominee which will be distributed to all OBFS members along with a ballot this fall. Results of the election will be announced in January.

Bill Schuster
OBFS Past President

Executive Director
Black Rock Forest Consortium

Job: Asst. Collections Manager
Sunday, August 23, 2015 08:42 AM

Archbold, a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term ecological research, education and conservation in south central Florida, is seeking a key team member to meet the objectives of an NSF CSBR award.  This is a three-year grant funded position with benefits.

Incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to work extensively with the Archbold arthropod collection, databasing and imaging specimen data, and moving the digitized data to the Internet via Symbiota-linked and other on-line portals under supervision of Entomology Program Director and Data Manager.  Will also work with digital databases for herbarium, birds, mammals, herptiles, fishes and bryophytes collections, imaging specimens, and moving the digitized data to internet.

Bachelor’s Degree in Entomology or related field in biology with 2-3 years’ experience working with entomology collections, or a Master’s Degree and 1 year of experience preferred.  Experience with curation of entomology collections critical, including identification, labeling specimens, barcoding and QR readers, and specimen imaging.  Strong computing skills required, especially in relational databases such as Specify or other collections management databases.

Additional information at 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, to hr@archbold-station.orgDeadline October 2, 2015 or until filled, with anticipated early December to January start date. 

EOE/AA Employer

Job: Data Asst. At Archbold Bio Station
Sunday, August 23, 2015 08:35 AM

Archbold Biological Station, a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term ecological research, education and conservation in south central Florida, is seeking a bright, intellectually curious person, to fill the technical support position of Data Assistant at a dynamic field station.

The incumbent of this career-building position will report to the GIS / Data Manager.  The Data Assistant is responsible for the day to day monitoring and trouble-shooting of data flow from raw file entry point of abiotic and biotic data to relational databases, real-time streaming onto an SQL Server, and automated subset data transfers to offsite end users.

Associate's degree in Computer Science or related field, or relevant coursework or equivalent work experience preferred. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required.  The ideal candidate will have experience with Microsoft Access and SQL Server, and be familiarity with SQL Server scheduled jobs and general database maintenance. Experience with GIS and web design a plus but not required.

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Additional information at 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, to hr@archbold-station.orgDeadline is September 18, 2015 or until filled, with anticipated December 1 or earlier start date. 

EOE/AA Employer
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