The Chesapeake Conservancy (Conservancy) is currently accepting applications for two Interpretive Outreach Assistants. These positions are based out of Annapolis, Maryland and will require travel throughout the state of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Salary is $15 per hour and this is a seasonal position with no benefits.
The Conservancy and its governmental partner, the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, manage a mobile interpretive vehicle, the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, and schedule it for appearances at events in the Chesapeake region throughout the year. Two Interpretive Outreach Assistants will drive the vehicle to scheduled events and carry out public programs at various partner sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Programs will include topics related to environmental education and cultural heritage. To learn more about the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, visit: https://www.findyourchesapeake.com/trip-ideas/article/thats-a-wrap-chesapeake-roving-ranger-season-comes-to-a-close
Successful candidates must be able to work independently in the field and perform various interpretive, educational and administrative duties, including:
- Driving, staffing, and providing interpretive outreach at various events throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
- Planning, conducting, and evaluating natural and cultural history interpretive programs and environmental education programs for the public and organized groups by request. Creating a positive, fun, and safe environment for visitors of all ages and backgrounds by being hospitable, approachable and engaging.
- Initiating conversations with visitors and answering questions to promote curiosity and relevance.
- Responding verbally to visitor inquiries for information, direction, and/or guidance.
- Engaging visitors with conversation, hands-on activities, stories and other creative pathways that spark a personal connection to the Chesapeake Trail.
- Maintaining a clean and organized work area on the Chesapeake Roving Ranger.
- Tracking visitor interactions, vehicle mileage and expenses to report to supervisor.
- Working independently, as well as maintaining positive working relationships with other staff.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
The shift hours for this position vary; examples of shift hours include 7am – 4:30pm, 9am-6:30pm. The positions require work on 3 of 4 weekends per month, plus additional days during the week. Days may be as long as 12 hours per day. Overnight travel may be required. Minimum of 30 hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours per week.
Education: Possession of a high school diploma or high school equivalence certificate.
Experience: Possess a basic knowledge of natural and cultural history; have experience working with the public; hold solid communications skills; ability to follow oral and written instructions; and ability to work in a team setting. Fluency in a language in addition to English is preferred, but not required.
- Age 18 or over.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Ability to understand verbal and written instructions.
- Adherence to all State and Federal laws.
- Adherence to all State and Federal safety regulations.
- Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, climb and descend steps, engage in frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching.
- Ability to work outside in all types of weather, resulting in exposure to cold, heat and humidity, rain, wind, direct sunlight, etc.
- Attendance at all required trainings.
- Maintain a neat and clean appearance and wear appropriate issued uniform correctly.
- Ability to lift up to 30 pounds on a regular basis.
- Availability to work weekends, evening, days and holidays as scheduled.
- Reliable transportation required.
- Must pass criminal background check.
The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results, or any other legally protected characteristic.