Community Outdoor Recreation Education Specialist

This position fosters community engagement with local outdoor activities, organizing events, mentoring, and marketing, emphasizing conservation efforts, managing budgets, initiatives, and communications, based at the Starr’s Cave Nature Center office under the supervision of the Environmental Education Manager

This role revolves around facilitating community engagement with local outdoor recreation amenities, a cornerstone of our organization's mission. Responsibilities include developing and implementing public education initiatives, organizing in-park events, providing personalized mentoring, and executing targeted marketing efforts. Collaborating with local partners, the individual will facilitate access to parks and conservation areas, offering instruction in various activities including, but not limited to paddling, fishing, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and birdwatching, while emphasizing the importance of conservation efforts and public lands. Based at the Starr’s Cave Nature Center office, the role involves organizing, hosting, and supporting outdoor recreation-focused public programs, field trips, and after-school activities with a focus on R3 (recruitment, retention, and reactivation). Additionally, the position entails prioritizing outreach to underserved communities to connect them with local outdoor resources. Administrative duties include managing program budgets, developing initiatives, and handling communications and marketing. This role is community funded and operates under the general supervision of the Environmental Education Manager. This position is funded through community organizations and length of employment is dependant upon that. 


Education and Experience Requirements:


Special Certification Requirements:

Qualified applicants must possess, or be able to obtain the following certifications within six months of hire date:


Primary Job Responsibilities and Duties:

This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.



Salary and Benefits:

To Apply, send cover letter with resume and references to:

Des Moines County Conservation
Attn: Marcus Nack, Environmental Education Manager
13700 Washington Rd.
West Burlington, IA 52655

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