Utah State University

EcoHost/Interpretive Naturalist

City Park City
Posted Date 1 month ago(2/21/2020 11:39 AM)
Requisition ID
2020-2466
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Park City
Category (Portal Searching)
Other
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Non-Benefited
College
Extension
Department
Swaner EcoCenter
Advertised Salary
$11-$14/hour

Overview

The EcoHost position staffs the front desk and public areas of the EcoCenter during the hours that the center is open. This person acts as the face of Swaner by greeting and assisting guests and orienting visitors to the EcoCenter and Preserve. This person will engage guests, answer questions, lead tours, facilitate interpretive nature programs for guests, and attend to the general upkeep of the EcoCenter and exhibits. They will also help with traveling exhibits hosted in the space, special events, and youth education as needed.

This position is part time (7-15 hrs/week) and hours will often fall on weekends and occasional evenings.

Responsibilities

  • Open and close EcoCenter, including all register, gift shop, building, and event duties
  • Facilitate interpretive nature programming
  • Lead nature walks & Snowshoe tours
  • Engage guests with information about the EcoCenter, the Preserve, and memberships
  • Assist in gift shop operations, including sales, inventory, and display appearance
  • Answer phones and take messages for Swaner's staff
  • Greet and log daily EcoCenter guests
  • Run climbing wall while following all safety measures
  • Maintain a clean and organized building and exterior, including sweeping floors and deck, occasional litter pick up, organizing flyers, and other similar duties
  • Help with set-up, tear-down, and hosting of special events held at the EcoCenter. This includes audio-visual equipment set-up and tear-down. This also involves engaging guests at a variety of events such as business meetings, fundraising events and nature tours
  • Frequent weekend shifts
  • Assist Swaner's staff and volunteers when needed
  • Others duties as assigned

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Works well in a team & comfortable with a flexible list of assignments
  • Ability to work weekends and nights
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to pleasantly interact with a wide variety of individuals
  • Job offer contingent upon successfully passed criminal background check
  • Basic computer & math skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish
  • Passion for the outdoors and nature

Content Knowledge in:

  • Environmental studies
  • Natural sciences such as watersheds, ecology, or zoology
  • Sustainability

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

 

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Cover letter"

 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$11-$14/hour

ADA

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a not-for-profit organization located in Park City, Utah. The EcoCenter is a LEED platinum environmental education center, museum, and meeting space. It is located on a 1200 acre land preserve that contains valuable wetlands, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Swaner's mission is to preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, to educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and to nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

 

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

 

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

 

USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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