Employment

Current Open Positions:

Caretaker

Environmental Educator

Research Internship (Unpaid) – General & Plant Community positions


CARETAKER

Reports to:                  Education Director

Position type:              Caretaker Resident

Compensation:            In exchange for caretaker daily duties, the Park Caretaker is provided a three-bedroom residence on park property (Free Rent)

Closing Date:               August 30, 2021 or until position is filled

Starting Date:              October 1, 2021

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lock and unlock Nature Park gate at designated open and close times daily.
  • Assist in general nature park cleanliness and beautification by taking the following actions:
    • Check / Empty trash receptacles in the front visitor parking lot, at the Pfizer picnic pavilion, on campus, and at event picnic pavilion daily.
    • Check / Empty trash receptacles on the outskirts of the park including cattail trail, beaver dam trail, blue green trail, constructed wetlands, and equalization pond at least twice a week.
    • Pick up litter from along the park entrance, parking areas, and campus weekly.
  • Check, turn our lights, and lock restrooms at park closing time daily. Open restrooms in the morning when park openings daily.
  • Report any park or grounds maintenance issues including park conditions after severe weather for danger such as downed power lines and trees on trails to the appropriate staff member.
  • Monitor park activities to ensure no unauthorized activities are occurring (consumption of alcoholic beverages, after-hours entry, vandalism, hunting, fishing, dumping, etc.) Call 911 for any suspicious or criminal activity.
  • Serve as the first contact for security issues that happen after park hours.
  • Maintain the caretaker house and surrounding property in a safe and orderly condition which includes mowing.
  • Contact animal control when appropriate to remove feral and/or abandoned animals.
  • Present a professional image as a representative of the Phinizy Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Desirable Job Prerequisites

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma, trade school, or equivalent level of education.
  • Three to five years relevant experience in performing principal duties and responsibilities.

Required Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with Phinizy staff, board members, city departments, government agencies, and general park visitors including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Possesses a valid state driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, walk the grounds at the nature park, climb ladders, and work outdoors during inclement weather conditions.

Desired Abilities:

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Ability to operate and maintain park equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, golf carts, chainsaws, and generators.
  • Ability to perform basic plumbing needs such as plunging toilets, replacing faucets, and turning off water supplies.
  • An appreciation for and understanding of natural habitats and systems; comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions

Special Requirements:

  • The caretaker is required to live on the nature park property in the house provided by Phinizy Center. The house should be the caretaker’s principal residence.
  • The caretaker will be required to sign a lease for occupancy and will be expected to abide by the published rules of the house. At such time as the caretaker vacates the position, they must immediately vacate the residence.
  • The caretaker and all household members must pass a background check.

 Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to:  admin@phinizycenter.org


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

Reports to:              Assistant Education Director

Position type:          Part-time, Seasonal (September – June)

Hours:                     Approximately 25 hours per week as needed for school field trips and program development, typically between the hours of 8am-2pm M-F  —25 hours not guaranteed during holiday weeks

Compensation:        $12 per hour

Closing Date:           August 18, 2021 or until position is filled

The Environmental Educator job duties include the following:

  • Leads and assists with all necessary tasks associated with Phinizy Center’s Education programs, such as:
    • K – 12th grade school field trips
    • Toddler programs, as needed
    • Summer camp
  • Leads, motivates, and ensures the safety of students as they participate in age-appropriate activities
  • Assists with set-up and clean-up of school field trips and other education programs
  • Assists with off-site education/outreach events, as needed
  • Cleans, maintains, and ensures proper use of education facilities and equipment
  • Acts as a park ambassador for visitors and the public
  • Follows all emergency procedures and enforces park rules
  • Other duties as needed

 DESIRABLE JOB PREREQUISITES:

Education/Training/Experience:

  • Minimum Education Required: Bachelor Degree in Science, such as Environmental Science, Environmental Education, or other related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of natural history
  • Experience in environmental education
  • Experience working with children

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work well in a team setting and set personal high performance and quality standards, which enable the team to be successful
  • Takes initiative and has a high level of responsibility and accountability
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, supervisors, the public, and all other customers, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities
  • Strong customer service ethic in delivery of services
  • Upbeat and engaging with strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with and manage students of all ages
  • Punctual with good time management skills
  • An appreciation for and understanding of natural habitats and systems; comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Physical ability to participate in activities, run, climb, lift, or support the weight of children
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and basic computer skills, and ability to apply such knowledge of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • First aid and CPR/AED certified (preferred, but will provide if needed)
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by start date, preferred

 Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to:  education@phinizycenter.org


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (UNPAID)

Reports to:                   Kelsey Wilbanks

Hours:                          8-16 hours/week between the hours of 9am-5pm M-F

Effective Dates:            August – November, 2021

Application Due:          August 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Internship Objective: The Research Internship will provide an intern with a field and lab experience relating to water quality monitoring and analysis at a nonprofit. The purpose of this internship is to provide an intern with experience and practice, which will expand the skills and knowledge they have acquired from previous education.

Essential duties and responsibilities of position:

  • Obtain experience with field sampling methods and laboratory procedures
  • Learn techniques for macroinvertebrate collection and identification
  • Gain experience with analytical chemistry and water quality analysis
  • Assist with rapid geomorphological assessments
  • Assist with urban watershed water quality monitoring
  • Hands-on experience with long term continuous monitoring on the Savannah River
  • Learn to communicate verbally and in writing with other team members in a scientific manner

Responsibilities of Phinizy Center and mentor:

  • Provide intern with the necessary orientation, administration, safety, and operational guidelines essential to the internship
  • Provide intern with on-site supervision, mentorship, and instruction
  • Record attendance and maintain records of work completed
  • Offer evaluation of internship and work completed as needed

Desirable Intern Pre-requisites:

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate in Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, or a related field

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate work ethic and have the ability to foster teamwork
  • Task-oriented, an appreciation for native habitats, and be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and basic computer skills, and ability to apply such knowledge of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations
  • Be punctual and demonstrate good time management skills

License(s) or Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a minimum of 8-16 hours a week Monday-Friday for 9-12 weeks
  • Must have transportation to and from the place of work (Phinizy Center for Water Sciences)
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license or valid form of ID

Work Environment:

Physical Demands, Hazards, and Working Conditions: The intern will have to meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, to succeed in this position.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to handle and reach; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The intern must be able to lift and/or move up to at least 50 lbs.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. Field work will take place outside, and the intern will be exposed to the outdoor elements such as heat, rain, and insects. Hiking, carrying field equipment, and wading (with waders) will be required. Lab work may occasionally include performing tasks involving toxic or cause chemicals, and proper lab safety is expected.

To Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to: Kelsey.wilbanks@phinizycenter.org by August 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (UNPAID) – Plant Community Focus 

Reports to:                   Callie Oldfield

Hours:                          8-16 hours/week between the hours of 9am-5pm M-F

Effective Dates:            August – November, 2021

Application Due:          August 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Internship Objective: The Research Internship will provide an intern with a field and lab experience relating to plant community research. This project will be involved in the establishment and measurement of permanent vegetation plots. Through this, the intern will learn skills in field botany, vegetation monitoring design, and science communication. The intern may also participate in water quality monitoring and lab work. The purpose of this internship is to provide an intern with experience and practice, which will expand the skills and knowledge they have acquired from previous education.

Essential duties and responsibilities of position:

  • Obtain experience with vegetation field sampling methods
  • Practice plant species identification in the field and lab
  • Receive training in plant community data entry and analysis
  • Develop skills in science communication in a team-based environment
  • Report on project results to the scientific community

Responsibilities of Phinizy Center and mentor:

  • Provide intern with the necessary orientation, administration, safety, and operational guidelines essential to the internship
  • Provide intern with on-site supervision, mentorship, and instruction
  • Record attendance and maintain records of work completed
  • Offer evaluation of internship and work completed as needed

Desirable Intern Pre-requisites:

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate in Biology, Ecology, or a related field
  • Interest in plants and scientific writing

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate work ethic and have the ability to foster teamwork
  • Task-oriented, an appreciation for native habitats, and be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and basic computer skills, and ability to apply such knowledge of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations
  • Be punctual and demonstrate good time management skills

License(s) or Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a minimum of 8-16 hours a week Monday-Friday for 9-12 weeks
  • Must have transportation to and from the place of work (Phinizy Center for Water Sciences)
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license or valid form of ID

Work Environment:

Physical Demands, Hazards, and Working Conditions: The intern will have to meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, to succeed in this position.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to handle and reach; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The intern must be able to lift and/or move up to at least 50 lbs.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. Field work will take place outside, and the intern will be exposed to the outdoor elements such as heat, rain, and insects. Hiking, carrying field equipment, and wading (with waders) will be required. Lab work may occasionally include performing tasks involving toxic or cause chemicals, and proper lab safety is expected.

To Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to: callie@phinizycenter.org by August 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM.


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