Program Coordinator I - Standley Lake Seasonal Park Naturalist

  • Westminster, Colorado
  • Westminster, Colorado
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Project Management
  • Salary: $13.91 - $17.67 Hourly USD

Job Description


The Program Coordinator I- Standley Lake Naturalist Aide position is responsible for facilitating park interpretive and environmental education programs for children ranging from kindergarten to middle school for the Junior Ranger Academy program funded by the GreatOutdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire grant.Westy POWER-PODER, whose name stands for "Promoting the Outdoors through Wellness, Education & Recreation" (POWER) and "Promoviendo Oportunidades de Educación Recreativas" (PODER), a GOCO Generation Wild coalition in Westminster, connects families and youth with nature to promote nature, wellness and literacy to under-served populations. This position develops and presents culturally relevant information to children on the park's natural resources and history. Recreation staff have the primary responsibility of ensuring the safety of program participants throughout programs and through the duration of transport to and from the park. Must be able to work on varied shifts that include weekends and holidays.

The full salary range for this position is stated above. The starting range of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience of each individual candidate.

The position will start April 14, 2020 and end on August 8, 2020.


This position supports the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational, and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing, and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space, and trails.

Every employee is accountable to:
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied, and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and builds trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty, and ethical behavior
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility, and take calculated risks when appropriate
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences

Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses, and target areas for personal self-development
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
  • Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrate accountability for work, and take ownership in job performance
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific - Every employee in this position must be able to:
  • Coordinate, develop, implement, and lead nature education programs under supervision of full time Park Naturalist
  • Teach and communicate in both Spanish and English
  • Follow written and verbal instructions
  • Work with the public with a focus on youth ranging from preschool to middle school
  • Assists with live animal care for a small collection of reptiles and observational bee hives
  • Establish effective working relationships with other employees
  • Perform multiple tasks efficiently
  • Handle emergency situations quickly and calmly such as injuries and traffic accidents
  • Carry out any immediate first aid necessary
  • Work in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and RecTrac
  • Operate standard office equipment such as copy and fax machines, personal computers, and telephone
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper telephone and e-mail etiquette


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Develops interpretive programs for Junior Rangers
  • Designs and presents well-organized and engaging programs in both Spanish and English
  • Maintains a safe atmosphere for children kindergarten to middle school
  • Uses computers and Microsoft Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint
  • Requests educational tools and materials from state and/or federal agencies
2. Assists with logistics of nature excursions i.e.; scheduling and promoting programs, securing reservations, researching location sites, scheduling staff and supervision of participants
3. Assists with nature education programs including but not limited to: enrolling participants, collecting fees, and transporting participants
4. Assists in maintaining vehicles and storage locations in a clean, neat and safe manner including rental vehicles
5. Inventories, maintains, and cleans program equipment, supplies and vehicles at various locations
6. Schedule, promote, and create marketing and promotional material for interpretive programs including brochures, flyers, website posts, online advertisements, and posters
7. Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1. Assists with special events in other program areas such as volunteer events
2. Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses and Certifications Required :
  • A minimum of 21 years of age
  • 1 year minimum experience of developing youth education programs
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Valid driver's license and safe driving record
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a CPR and Standard First Aid Certificate within ninety (90) days of employment
Preferred :
  • Previous experience in an educational setting, preferably in a recreation, natural resources or similar capacity
  • College level courses relating to education and/or life sciences
  • Interpretive Guide Certification
  • Knowledge of RecTrac, Publisher or similar computer software programs
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
Work is physical in nature and involves:
  • Constant near acuity and hearing is needed to perform daily functions and communicate with patrons and staff
  • Constant standing, walking on uneven terrain
  • Frequently sit, stand and walk through a multi-level facility
  • Occasionally squat, bend, kneel, twist, climb, balance and reach overhead
  • Frequently lift, carry, push or pull items weighing up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift, carry, push or pull items weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Constantly use hands and fingers for fine manipulation; occasionally use light and firm grasp
  • Frequently see objects up close to perform office tasks and far away to observe activity for safety hazards or problems
  • Constantly use hearing to interact with guests and staff and recognize trouble outside of view
  • Due to the occasional use of hand tools fine motor skills along with firm grasp and frequent reaching below shoulder and overhead is needed
Work is constantly performed indoors and outdoors. Exposure to periods of high activity and stress under demanding conditions. The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies.
Required Materials and Equipment
Computer, cash register, telephone, photocopy machine, fax machine, files, and other standard office equipment.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the United States and must successfully pass a criminal background check, reference check, and substance screen. There may be additional pre-employment requirements depending on the nature of the position.

We are a caring, courteous, team-oriented organization committed to public service excellence. Employees thrive in a culture that is respectful, professional and diverse. Our work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees. Westminster is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date/Time: 4/6/2020 8:30 AM Mountain

Job Address

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