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EDUCATION SPECIALIST-FWC - 77073186

Date: Jan 10, 2022

Location: WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US, 33418

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Requisition No: 544823 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Working Title: EDUCATION SPECIALIST-FWC - 77073186

Position Number: 77073186 

Salary:  $35,000.00 - $45,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 02/04/2022 

Office of Strategic Initiatives, Florida Youth Conservation Center Network (FYCCN)

Position:                    Education Specialist, 77073186

Salary:                        $35,000.00  - $40,000.00 Annually

Location:                    EYCC Everglades Youth Camp

City/County:             West Palm Beach

 

OFFICE OVERVIEW

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking a self-motivated, energetic individual to assist with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) Everglades Youth Camp.  Interested individuals must be passionate about getting youth outside to create the next generation that cares about fish and wildlife resources. 

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in a natural science, education, or recreation. 

 

Minimum of two years’ experience in conservation, environmental science, wildlife, or natural science education program implementation; and a minimum of two summers of summer camp counselor or instructor experience; and a minimum of two years of supervisory experience.

 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

 

Specific Responsibilities:

Monitor schedules and procedures for camp operation.

Assist with recruitment and hiring.

Assist with training staff.

Co-lead children, family, and school educational or recreational programs.

Monitor staff responsibilities.

Monitor all policies and procedures as they pertain to staff and campers.

Coordinate with staff and volunteers to address facility maintenance, cleaning, and projects.

Monitor concerns of staff and support staff and report them to the camp director.

Update the camp director on staff issues or camper issues.

Monitor support staff procedures.

Visit the cabins regularly during the day as a supervising tool.

Intervene and correct actions taken by staff that put the health and safety of others or themselves at risk.

Mentor and guide staff with behavior management of campers.

Mentor and guide staff in their instructional abilities.

Work with support staff to evaluate group leaders and instructors.

 

Essential Functions:

Ability to model, and train staff in behavior management and teaching skills.

Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards.

Ability to communicate and work with groups to provide necessary instructions to campers and staff.

Physical strength to move supplies to appropriate areas.

Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate policies and procedures.

Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid.

Cognitive and communication abilities to plan and conduct the activity to achieve camper objectives.

 

Additional Duties:

Be able to operate each vehicle that might be driven and keep records on vehicle mileage.

Schedule staff for rental groups and special events.

Care for education animals.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of fishing, and fishing equipment; hunting or shooting sports; paddle sports; camping and summer camp experience, supervisor experience and teaching experience. Skilled in operational planning, delegation and collaborative team building, teaching, instruction, in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Teams, and PowerPoint, and behavior management of children, and leadership. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; be a team player and work integrally with various stakeholders, partners and government agencies;  establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work independently, to take initiative and work creatively; communicate clearly, verbally and in writing; deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience and a wide range of contacts at different levels; adjust to and use new approaches in the performance of his/her duties; travel, enter and exit a vehicle or/and vessel without assistance, lift 55 pounds, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements:

Valid driver’s license.  Within two months of employment, successful completion of FWC trailer towing course. Within four months of employment, successful completion of Boater Safety certification, Hunter Safety certification, USA Archery Level II Instructor training, and ACA Level I Kayak Instructor Training, Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and AED certification.

REQUIREMENTS

Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check (fingerprint-based) in accordance with Chapter 435, Florida Statutes. 

Valid driver’s license. 

Office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday

This position requires travel up to 5%.  May require work time outside of regular scheduled hours in excess of 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

 

Additional Requirements

The Commission expects its employees to be courteous and respectful while assisting Commission customers and stakeholders, ensuring each encounter is as positive as possible.  Employees should promptly resolve questions or problems relating to the Commission, its programs and/or fish and wildlife resources.  Employees should seek to gain public support for agency objectives and programs by serving Florida’s citizens in a positive and proactive manner and by listening to what the customer wants and striving to meet their needs.  When appropriate, employees will explain the reasons for agency actions or decisions while communicating a consistent Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) point-of-view.

Work at FWC is cross-functional meaning duties may cross division/office lines.  The Commission expects employees to function across FWC’s organizational structure by providing their skills and expertise wherever needed through work on teams or as directed.

Responsible for following the provisions and requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, related to the Department of Financial Services rules and FWC’s invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami