Nags Head Woods Preserve Assistant

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description

THE ROLE:

The Nags Head Woods Preserve Assistant performs and participates in visitor services, outreach events, operations, and maintenance at the Nags Head Woods Preserve (Preserve). In addition, s/he will help develop tools to better understand public use of the Preserve. 

The Nags Head Woods Preserve Assistant position has a focus on visitor services and outreach events in Nags Head Woods Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy in northeastern North Carolina.  S/he will support conservation staff with ongoing administrative tasks and substantial stewardship activities in the Preserve as needed. S/he will work closely with conservation staff to develop a better understanding of trail use at the Preserve using cameras and a newly installed trail counter system.   

Visitor services, outreach, and education (60%): 

  • Engage visitors:  preserve welcome, conversation, provide information, answer questions
  • Lead hike and open house events for visitors in Nags Head Woods Preserve.
  • Track newly installed trail counter system and develop reports that display trail use.
  • With guidance from conservation staff, install and track activity on trail cameras.
  • Take photos and assist staff in promoting the Preserve on social media.
  • Attend meetings, events, trainings and presentations relevant to the position.  
  • Organize and clean indoor visitor areas to appropriately represent The Nature Conservancy.

Preserve Stewardship Support (20%):

  • Maintain hiking trails by removing vegetation, raking, cleaning and other means to ensure safe public use.
  • Clean parking and outdoor visitor areas to appropriately represent The Nature Conservancy.
  • Assist with invasive plant management, native plant restoration, and other stewardship activities.
  • Document and map points of interest with hand held GPS and GIS mapping.
  • Perform other physical outdoor tasks as directed. 

General Office Support (20%):

  • Enter data and manage records.   
  • Perform additional administrative tasks as directed, including mailings and updating documents.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Will interact with visitors.
  • Work under close or infrequent supervision.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, in isolated settings, and under minor physically demanding circumstances.               
  • Requires minor physical exertion and/or muscular strain. 
  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. hand tools, lawn mower, chainsaw, boat, kayak or canoe, etc).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. hand tools, lawn mower, chainsaw, boat, kayak or canoe, etc).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
  • Two years of university or higher education in outdoor recreation, biological sciences, natural resource management, environmental education/communications, or equivalent field. 
  • Prior work and/or volunteer experience with the public in educational, environmental, outdoor or similar activities.
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
  • Interest in developing as a professional in education, resource management, conservation, or similar field.
  • Experience with GIS software and hand held GPS units.
  • Experience with still and video photography.
  • Clear communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Possess organizational skills and strong attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in both an independent and team environment.  
  • Demonstrated ability to follow instructions from colleagues and supervisors.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, web browsers, Google Earth, online mapping tools).