Assistant Naturalist #T00570

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Assistant Naturalist #T00570


Highlands Biological Station

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HBS Summer staff primary duties include but not limited to working with the public to interpret the natural history of the southern Appalachians. Actively develop and teach several environmentally-based educational programs for both children and adults (Nature Center), serve as co-counselor for a series of Nature Day Camps for children ages 4 to 14 (Nature Center), assist with the implementation of special evening programs for the public and with the weekly evening lecture series (Nature Center). Work also involves the feeding, cleaning, general care, and interpretation of live animal exhibits (mainly reptiles and amphibians)(Nature Center). Maintain program schedules; participant registration; handling money; cleaning and maintaining exhibits, and animal enclosures on a daily basis; empty trash and recycling bins; care of live plants; etc. (Nature Center) Identify, label, and maintain native plant species; and maintain grounds and gardens, trails, boardwalks, and bridges throughout the Station (Garden). Working with the public to interpret the natural history of local plants and assisting with identification of native plant species (Garden).
Summer staff may also be occasionally asked to assist other Station employees in the HBS office, aquatics lab, or Botanical Garden. These jobs may include heavy lifting (no more than 50 lbs.), and will sometimes involve working alone and in rainy weather.

This position will assist with summer programming in the Highlands Biological Station Assisting with general station needs. Position requires some evening and weekend hours.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Applicants should be majors (or recent graduates) in biology, zoology, botany, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or other related fields. Proficiency in dealing with the public is a must. Ideal candidates should have experience working with children; familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities such as Project WILD; experience in a museum, visitor’s center, camp, or similar setting; and experience caring for animals. A basic knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians is also desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:

Have a valid state-issued Drivers License
Capable of lifting 50lbs or less
High School Diploma

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online.


Qualified applicants will be contacted by the department directly if selected for interview.

Please Note: Temporary employees are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and do not receive benefits.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time