Nature Center Manager/Naturalist

Employer Name City of Torrance   Address 3231 Torrance Blvd
Job Type Full-time, Permanent   Address 2
Experience 2 - 5 Years   City Torrance
Education Bachelors Degree   State California
  Zip Code 90503

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Job Description

The City of Torrance is seeking a self-motivated, experienced individual to serve as Nature Center Manager/Naturalist!

The mission of Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center is based on four pillars: conservation, restoration, aesthetics, and education.

The Madrona Marsh Preserve, a rare and unique part of the City of Torrance since 1986, has received a significant boost in the community's eyes with the Nature Center's opening in 2001. The Nature Center Manager/Naturalist will report to the Park Services Manager and assume a critical role in promoting and managing programs and events that will heighten public awareness and utilization of the Center and continue the habitat enhancement efforts for the Preserve.

The Nature Center Manager/Naturalist is responsible for all programs related to the Preserve and Nature Center. For the Preserve, these responsibilities include management, restoration, habitat-species monitoring, and general maintenance operations. The responsibilities at the Center include directing all educational and interpretive programs and exhibits, both in the Center and in the community. The budget is approximately $480,000 (in coordination with grant funding, currently at $2.4M) and the program is supported by a staff of one full-time Lead Maintenance Worker, six part-time staff, actively engaged community groups, and a robust volunteer population who embrace the mission of the Preserve. As such, volunteer management is an integral part of this position. The tremendous community support and involvement are reflections of the strong spirit of commitment and service.

Required Skills

Three years of progressively responsible experience in the management of a nature center, park or preserve including experience and knowledge in natural resource management with emphasis on wetland restoration; a Bachelor's degree in natural sciences, environmental studies, education, or a related field; and possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver's license.

A Master's degree in a related field and experience in interpretive teaching techniques are highly desirable.

Please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs for Ideal Candidate criteria.

Interested candidates must submit an online application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period opens Thursday, June 01, 2017 and closes Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to attend an informational Open House on July 11, 2017, followed by a Panel Interview, tentatively scheduled for July 13, 2017.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Description of Benefits: Salary / Commissions / Bonuses / Other

Monthly Salary Range: $6,227 to $7,569

Benefits Highlights: CalPERS and Social Security pension, health insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, and more details on our website