Seasonal Naturalist

Organization: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Eatonville, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job


CLOSING DATE: January 29, 2014

SALARY: $10.88 per hour

HOURS: Seasonal position. 24 to 40 hours per week, to include weekends and holidays. Hours and days per week may vary. Position requires less than 1200 hours per year.

LOCATION: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a part-time/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


This position is responsible for interpreting Northwest native animals and plants to the visiting public in an entertaining and informative manner (training will be provided). Duties include transporting the public safely though the free-roaming area animal exhibit by driving a three car, ninety passenger tram on a 5 mile asphalt road; staffing and interpreting Cheney Discovery Center and core area exhibits, activities and programs; and inspecting and routine cleaning of the trams and facilities. Other duties as required.


 Education in the natural sciences, education, theater or related field or equivalent experience required.

 Must have excellent communication skills.

 Must have the desire to work with large groups of children and adults.

 Must be customer service oriented.

 Must have a positive, cheerful and professional attitude.

 Valid driver's license, with good driving record, required.


 Employment is subject to a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Sitting for extended periods of time; lifting and carrying boxes as needed; walking throughout the park; reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to clean the tram; bending, kneeling or crouching to clean the tram; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate controls of the tram.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information


Those applicants showing evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications and appraisal of experience and training may be scheduled for further review. Metro Parks may elect to give an exam to those candidates scheduled for further review. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit Metro Parks to properly evaluate their qualifications and abilities as they relate to the position.


All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor.


Please clearly indicate the position that you are applying for on the application form. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate hiring supervisor for the position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit a proper evaluation of your qualifications and ability as they relate to the position.

A completed and signed application form is required. A response of "see resume" will not be considered an adequate response and may eliminate you from the process. You may attach a resume, however, it is not required. The information from your resumes will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met. All qualifying information must appear on the application form.

It is your responsibility to make copies of your application and/or resume if needed. Metro Parks Tacoma will not return or make copies of any items supplied for the application process.

Due to the high volume of seasonal/part-time applications received, MPT is unable to respond to every application. Applicants selected for further review of a seasonal and/or part-time position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager.

Positions may require weekend shifts and may require night shift, holiday, and overtime.

Metro Parks Tacoma is a drug and alcohol free workplace.

All positions are at-will positions, with no written or implied contractual agreement.