5/2/2012 - 12:00 am
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
The intent of the Interpretive Student Aide program is to provide currently enrolled high school and college students with an excellent opportunity to work as a para-professional and to provide public information in a park visitor center and surrounding parklands. These paid positions are designed for students considering a career in environmental education, naturalist, cultural history, or park professions while supplementing their current coursework in natural science and/or cultural history. In addition to gaining natural and cultural history information relating to parks, students will develop interpretive skills in this training position.
Performs para-professional naturalist duties such as assisting naturalists and staff with programs (snake talks, puppet shows, mine tours, history talks, etc.), feeds and cares for animals and fish, handles cash and merchandise, or light horticulture tasks. Performs public information duties such as greeting the public, answering the phone, stocking brochures, and otherwise assisting the public while they are in the visitor center. Maintains bulletin boards and displays, assists with accession program, and assists with research. Additionally, may perform other minor duties as are needed at the Centers such as run errands, perform minor custodial duties, etc.
Interpretive Student Aide I: Equivalent to the completion of the tenth grade, 16 years of age or older.
Interpretive Student Aide II: Completion of 3 semester units of college level natural science, cultural history, or other academic course work compatible with placement.
General knowledge of natural science/cultural history, ability to impart such knowledge to visitors and users, ability to perform receptionist duties effectively and harmoniously, and to perform basic clerical duties. Some presentation experience is desirable.
After one calendar year, (no less than 800 hours worked) if job performance has progressed, the Aide is awarded a salary step increase.
The Interpretive Student Aide position is a 2-4 year training program. Aides must maintain student status during the entire period of the training program. The Aide generally works part-time during the school year and may work full-time during summer up to a maximum of 40 hours a week. Interpretive Student Aides will be limited to working 900 hours between July 1 through June 30, each year. However, for the specific schedule of each park, see the Work Location Preference Form. Aides are required to wear uniforms and work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, as needed.
Those applications meeting minimum qualifications will be retained for one year and will be used to fill any vacancies that occur during the current year. Interpretive Student Aides work at the following 10 of our Park Interpretive Centers: Tilden Nature Area and the Botanic Gardens in Berkeley; Coyote Hills and Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont; Crab Cove, Robert Crown Beach in Alameda; Black Diamond Mines in Antioch; Del Valle in Livermore; Garin Regional Park in Hayward; and Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol; and Big Break Visitor at the Delta Center, Oakley
The application materials of all candidates will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for further consideration. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee reaching the next step in the process. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment. The individuals chosen for hire must be able to pass a fingerprint background check prior to employment.
Application materials may be downloaded below; may be picked up by visiting the District’s Administrative Offices at 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA, 94605; may be requested by calling the Human Resources Division at (510) 544-2154 or by filling out the Packet Request Form at the bottom of this page. Completed applications must arrive in the Human Resources Division before 5:00 PM on the closing date. Emailed or faxed applications are not acceptable. Resumes are not a substitute for any part of the required application package.
Application materials for this position consist of the following required parts:
Application packets for the position advertised above may be obtained by completing the information below and clicking on the "Submit" button.
Please send an application package to:
2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, California 94605
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757 (Deaf or Hearing Impaired TDD: 510-633-0460)
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