NANFA-- Off Topic - Job Opportunity

Denkhaus, Robert (
Fri, 3 Oct 2003 15:23:56 -0500

Sorry for the off topic posting but I thought that there may be some folks out
there that could pass this on for me. Thanks!

Please DO NOT reply directly to me.

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, a division of the City of Fort Worth
Parks and Community Services Dept., is recruiting for a Park Naturalist
Assistant to the Refuge Natural Resource Manager. This position performs the
duties of a Refuge Technician. A job description is attached below. This
full-time, permanent position with benefits has an annual starting salary of
$26,416. The position will remain open until filled.

The FWNC&R is a 3600+ acre natural area located on the West Fork of the
Trinity River on the northwest boundary of the City of Fort Worth TX. The
Refuge consists of a mosaic of post oak savanna, limestone prairie and
riparian corridors which is accessible via a 25 mile trail system. The park
is utilized by over 150,000 visitors each year. The FWNC&R has an active
natural resource management program including landscape restoration,
prescribed burning, feral hog management, invasive and exotic plant control,
and various wildlife surveys. The Refuge is also home to a small managed herd
of genetically pure bison.

To apply online, visit the official Job Opportunities page on the City of Fort
Worth website at The job
posting identifier is B-75 Park Naturalist Assistant. If applying online,
please send a cover letter and resume to: Suzanne Tuttle, Natural Resource
Manager (contact information below).

For more information or to obtain a hard copy of the application form, please
contact: Suzanne Tuttle, Natural Resource Manager, Fort Worth Nature Center
and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth TX 76135-9148, (817) 237-0427,



Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range
of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not
intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


To assist in the implementation of nature center and wildlife refuge
activities and operations within the Parks/Community Services Department; to
assist in coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, outside
agencies and the general public.


Receives general supervision from the Nature Center Supervisor and Park

Exercises technical and functional supervision over volunteer staff.

responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the

Essential Functions:

1. Assists in developing and implementing comprehensive wildlife
management plans to insure preservation, protection and enhancement of
wildlife and wildlife habitat on the Refuge.

2. Assists with planning and conducting investigations to determine the
impact of resource management projects on the flora and fauna of the Refuge.

3. Helps gather, organize and interpret biological, ecological, public
use or other pertinent information to insure management plans are current;
responsible for the maintenance of trails, bridges and other facilities,
including historical and archeological sites, using a farm tractor with
implements, a variety of hand tools and off-road vehicles.

4. Completes minor repairs of Refuge equipment including, but not limited
to, preventive maintenance, oil and filter changes, minor tune-ups of motors
and minor repairs and adjustments.

5. Assists in maintaining correct and current records on all Refuge
maintenance activities, biological inventories and resource management data.

6. Provides information to the visiting public and makes presentations
both on and off the Refuge.

Marginal Functions:

1. Attend and participate in committee meetings; stay abreast of new
trends and innovations in the field of nature center and wildlife refuge
management through continuing education, seminars, and specialized training.

2. Assist in providing staff assistance to the city and outside agencies
concerning environmental and natural history issues.

3. Assist in the maintenance of equipment and materials; inspect facility
conditions and initiate maintenance procedures.

4. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services and activities of a nature center and
wildlife refuge.

Biology, environmental science, range and soil science, botany, and other
related fields.

Local flora and fauna.

Management of captive wildlife feeding and veterinary care.

Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Knowledge of vegetation management techniques.

Knowledge of wildlife management techniques.

Knowledge of GPS and GIS.

Demonstrated skill and ability to operate a variety of medium and light duty
equipment, and power and hand tools.

Demonstrated skills in trades such as welding, painting, carpentry and minor
engine repair, while not essential, are preferred.

Basic knowledge of computers and word processing equipment.

Ability to:

Supervise, train and evaluate volunteers.

Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.

Ability to assist in developing and implementing a Refuge resource management

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Operate various refuge machinery.

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:

- making observations

- communicating with others

- reading and writing

- monitoring assigned activities and operations

- operating assigned equipment.

Maintain mental capacity that permits:

- making sound decisions and using good judgment

- prioritizing work activities

- demonstrating intellectual capabilities.

Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties
and responsibilities that may include the following:

- walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time

- lifting or carrying light to moderate objects

- operating assigned equipment.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the
required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the
knowledge and abilities would be:


Two years of experience working in nature centers and/or refuge environment
performing similar duties.


A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in
Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management, Range Science, Natural
Science, Environmental Science or a related field.

License or Certification

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Texas
driver's license.

TDA Pesticide Applicator's License or can obtain one within six (6) months.


Environmental Conditions:

Inside and outside working conditions; exposure to varying weather conditions,
wild animal species, and pesticides; moving objects and vehicles; movement on
uneven terrain.

Physical Conditions:

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition
necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for an extended period of time;
climbing; lifting, using both arms and legs; adequate speech, vision, and
eyesight required; general manual dexterity; must be able to operate assigned
vehicles and equipment.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
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