Nature based Activity Specialist/Leader

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City of Austin - Parks & Recreation Department Published: September 13, 2017
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Julia Kovach
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Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Safely facilitate and actively supervise participants at all times while engaging in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Develop, modify and teach program activities to accommodate various ages, abilities and interests.

Regular attendance is mandatory for this position.

Attend all sessions of scheduled staff training.

Serve as a role-model, exercising appropriate decision-making and boundary setting.

Utilize effective behavior management skills including enforcing policies fairly, consistently, kindly and firmly.

Communicate clearly and professionally with participants, parents, co-workers and supervisor.

Work cooperatively with co-counselors and other staff.

Provide excellent customer service.

Complete reports and forms and assist with maintaining records in accordance with City of Austin (COA) and Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) policies and procedures.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Experience

Preferred Education and Experience in the following:

College coursework in Natural Sciences or Education.

Experience leading children in an outdoor setting.

Experience in leading and/or instructing one or more of the following types of recreational programming:

- Environmental Education
- Hiking
- Mountain biking
- Kayaking
- Rock-climbing
- Caving
- Camping
- Film-Making

Experience using Final Cut for video-editing and in film-making; including writing, directing, filming and editing.

Experience with environmental education, basic animal handling, hiking, film making, or gardening.


Required Skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of youth programs and activities.

Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Skill in problem solving.

Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

Ability to work with children and teens, including youth with special needs.

Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the City and the public.

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