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EcoHost/Interpretive Naturalist

Utah State University
Hoytsville, Utah, US
Closing date
Mar 4, 2022

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The EcoHost/Interpretive Naturalist 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 (7-21 hrs/week) and hours will regularly fall on weekends and occasionally on evenings.

Open and close the EcoCenter including: all register, gift shop, building, and event dutiesFacilitate interpretive nature programmingLead nature walks & snowshoe toursEngage guests with information about the EcoCenter, the Preserve, and membershipsAssist in gift shop operations including: sales, inventory, and display appearanceAnswer general phone calls and direct to Swaner Staff as neededGreet and log daily EcoCenter guestsRun climbing wall while following all safety measuresMaintain a clean and organized building and exterior, including sweeping floors and deck, occasional litter pick up, organizing flyers, and other similar dutiesHelp with set-up, tear-down, and hosting of special events held at the EcoCenter as needed. 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 toursFrequent/regular weekend shiftsAssist Swaner's staff and volunteers when neededOthers duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:Customer service experienceAbility to communicate effectively in EnglishAbility to work well in a team & comfortable with a flexible list of assignmentsAbility to work weekends and nightsStrong interpersonal skills and ability to pleasantly interact with a wide variety of individualsJob offer contingent upon the successful completion of a background checkBasic computer & math skillsPreferred Qualifications:Content knowledge in: Environmental studiesNatural sciences such as watersheds, ecology, or zoologySustainabilityAbility to communicate effectively in SpanishPassion for the outdoors and nature

Required Documents:
Along with the online application, please attach:1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under Resume/CV2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application3. Contact information for a professional reference**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary:

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 Utahs land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah States statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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. Notice of Non-discriminationIn its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USUs non-discrimination policies:Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.govU.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.govUSU 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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