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Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: Outdoor Adventures Manager

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

This is a Part-time position in Mckinney, TX posted August 28, 2021.

OverviewThe mission of the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary (Heard) is to bring people and nature together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment.The Heard is looking for an individual who has a passion for sharing nature with others and a drive to help create the next generation of scientists, outdoor-enthusiasts, and conservation minded individuals.

This part-time position will be primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the ropes course, canoe program, and overnight programs in the role of the Outdoor Adventures Manager.This position is highly variable and hours and work days vary seasonally.

Weekend and occasional evening availability required.

General DutiesOutdoor Adventures Manager DutiesFunction as the on-site ropes course/canoe/overnight program manager during the execution of ropes, canoe, and overnight programs.Ensure accurate and current inventory records of materials, supplies, and equipment and ensure all programs have adequate supplies necessary for success.Ensure program volunteers and staff receive timely, relevant, and appropriate training.Ensure accurate and current usage and safety logs for all ropes course elements and program equipment.Systematically inspect all Challenge Course elements, canoes, and related equipment to ensure effective and efficient operation and safety.Prepare program areas, materials, and supplies before and after programs.Perform clerical duties associated with the administration of all programs including processing paperwork and operating a computer.Maintain efficient and timely business communications via phone and email.Meet or exceed the standards for the safety, security and emotional welfare of participants for all programs.Ensure safety standards are understood, enforced and followed by all appropriate program staff and volunteers The above duties reflect the general responsibilities necessary to describe the principal work functions of the job, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be in the position.

Professional Standards – Qualified Applicant will:Understand and follow all Heard policies & proceduresPresent self in a highly professional manner to othersUnderstand that honesty, ethics, and good judgement are essentialEnsure that excellent customer service is maintained with each customerMaintain a positive attitude toward the position, the company and co-workersInstruct, coach and encourage others to support by action and example the Heard’s missionPhysical Qualifications – Qualified Applicant must be able to:Walk/hike on uneven terrain – often for more than an hour and covering a mile or more.Climb (ropes, ladders, poles) to set-up programs and access program elementsBending, Kneeling, Reaching to set-up programs, facilitate course elements, and store/retrieve canoes and other suppliesCarrying and lifting objects, supplies and equipment up to 50lbs, including canoesPaddle in canoes and kayaks on open water for long periods of time (2-3 hrs) or for duration of shiftWork outside in various weather conditions Other QualificationsEducationDegree in Environmental Science, Outdoor Education, or other related field would be a great asset.Experience:2-3 years of experience in a closely related educational environment with minimum of 1 year supervisory experience and 1 year teaching experience required OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.Working knowledge of biological and ecological principles.Experience developing and leading environmental education programs for students and/or adults.Must demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups, including young children and adults in small as well as large group activities.Previous experience in a similar challenge course & /or outdoor education environment strongly desired.

Current certifications in ropes, paddling, first-aid, and/or life-guarding a plus.Must be able to use Windows and associated software applications (i.E.

word processing and spreadsheets).

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