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Director of the Nature Center--Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY

  • March 08, 2019 8:55 AM
    Message # 7206127

    Position: Director of the Nature Center

    Reports To: Senior Director of Programs

    Primary Function: Responsible for planning, developing, implementing, evaluating, and promoting programs on and off site with primary emphasis on summer camps, scout programs, and natural history programming.

    Direct Reports: (1) Family and Youth Programs Manager, (1) Natural History Programs Coordinator, (3) Nature Experience Facilitators, Seasonal School Program Support Staff, Summer Camp Nurse, Volunteers

    Indirect Reports: 20-25 seasonal camp support staff

    The Director of the GCV&M Nature Center will provide leadership and management of a variety of programs for a nature center within the country’s third largest living history museum. The Director will be a creative thinker who will manage the operations of the Nature Center, including all public and school programs, a six-week day camp program, scout programs, and a maple production program.  This position will collaborate with other departments, including Education, Special Events, Interpretation, Marketing, and Facilities, to insure that all visitors have a memorable and enjoyable experience at the museum. 


    General Management – 20%

    Provide leadership and oversight management to the following:

    Summer Camp (1 FT staff and 20-25 seasonal staff)

    Family and Youth Programs Manager

    Nature Center (1PT staff and 3 seasonal)

    Natural History Program Coordinator, Nature Experience Facilitators

    Other general management duties:

    ·      Manage all expenses for the department including invoices, budgets, payroll, and cash management, and manage revenue from programs and groups.

    ·      Provide program data information and reports to development and administration as required.

    ·      Oversee 50-60 Nature Center volunteers and coordinate volunteer projects and scheduling as necessary. Assist and participate in Museum volunteer group project days and volunteer recognition events as scheduled. 

    ·      Assist with and implement Strategic Planning Strategies that improve the visitor experience.

    ·      Attend weekly administrative and operations meetings and report on departments.

    ·      With the support of the Natural History Program Coordinator and Youth and Family Programs Manager purchase and order supplies for all aspects of Camp and Nature Center operations and projects. 


    Spring & Summer Camps – 20%

    ·         Supervise and work with the Family and Youth Programs Manager in overall management of camps including historical, modern, and nature-themed camps.

    ·         Insure that programs are developed and implemented in such a manner as to be financially sound and use human and physical resources to fullest advantage.

    ·         Develop budget recommendations in collaboration with Family and Youth Programs Manager and evaluate performance against budget monthly.

    ·         Oversee the scheduling and supervision of the Summer Camp Nurse as well as work with the nurse to ensure effective communication with camper parents during summer camp. 

    ·         Teach, facilitate, and lead camp demonstrations, at times in period costume, as necessary.

    ·         Act in a supporting role during the camp season by working with the Family and Youth Programs manager to ensure office coverage and supervision of all camp staff and volunteers. 

    ·         Take the lead with customer service and parent feedback from summer camps. 

    ·         Take the lead with staff performance feedback and any necessary disciplinary action. 

    Nature Center School Programs - 25%

    ·         Present educational programs for traditional and home school groups related to natural history as well as plan, develop, implement, and evaluate new offerings that meet New York State curriculum guidelines. 

    ·         Generate training materials and instructional aides to support interpretive staff presenting programs as well as teachers and students on site and in the classroom.

    ·         Insure that programs are developed and implemented in such a manner as to be financially sound and use human and physical resources to fullest advantage.

    ·         Coordinate with the Interpretation Department and other staff, the efficient use of interpreters and other seasonal staff to present educational offerings.

    ·         Teach, facilitate, and lead tours on natural history and other interpretive themes and/or demonstrations, at times in costume, as necessary.

    ·         Coordinate with Facilities and Operations staff on the planning for and implementation of special programs and/or tours which relate to the Historic Village or the Museum at-large.

    Maple Sugaring Operation and Special Maple Programming- 15%

    ·         Manage a 400-500 tap maple sugaring production operation.

    ·         Maintain sugarbush tubing and bucket systems as well as all equipment. 

    ·         Run and maintain evaporator, Reverse Osmosis machine, and production finishing equipment.

    ·         Manage the production and packaging of maple products including maple soft candy, maple cream, cotton candy and bottles of syrup with seasonal maple staff. 

    ·         Coordinate with Retail manager on product inventory and sales.


    Other Duties – 20%

    Special Events

    ·         Co-manage Nature Center special events with special events managers, including Owl Moon, Kohlfahrt and Maple Sugaring.

    ·         Assist with Museum special events as required and as necessary. 

    Scout Programs

    ·         Manage and oversee Boy and Girl Scout projects on site. 

    ·         Manage existing scout programs as well as plan, develop, implement, and evaluate new offerings that appeal to demand.

    ·         While working with the Natural History Program Coordinator, Administer and insure that procedures are in place for the efficient administration of the program, including maintaining records and scheduling, as required. 

    ·         Oversee the coordination of scout programs by the Coordinator of Natural History Programs.  Take the lead on program scheduling and execution when coordinator is on vacation. 

    ·         Promote and sell the museum as a likely site for scout programs throughout Western New York.


    ·      Manage, schedule, and oversee the Museum’s hunting program which annually involves 25-30 participants. Provide orientation and property tours to new hunters. 

    ·      Oversee the nest box management program, NestWatch database for bird nest box monitoring including the supervision of 8-12 volunteers who collect data and help with the program.

    ·      Oversee care and feeding schedule of Nature Center education animals. 

    ·      In collaboration with Facilities, oversee the maintenance and upkeep of the Museum’s 10 miles of trail systems and the Nature Center gardens. 

    ·      Attend conferences and provide presentations as required and budget allows.

    ·      Assist with annual interpreter training as necessary by presenting Nature Center and Camp information. 

    ·       Conduct specialty tours to affinity groups as necessary.

    ·        Hold special museum licenses including; NYS license to collect or possess- Education/Exhibition, US Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Permit Special Purpose- Possession for Education, NYS DEC DMAP hunting permits, NYS DEC damage permits.


    ·         Candidate must possess a BA in education, environmental studies, parks and recreation, or related fields as well as a minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience. Classroom teaching, camp facilitation and/or interpretive experience required. Graduate degree in education, environmental studies or parks and recreation, and/or related field is preferred.

    ·         Must have a working knowledge of natural history, ecology, conservation and/or wildlife management.

    ·         Proven ability in leadership and management including supervision, planning, budgeting, oral and written communications, and training.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and customer service skills, plus the ability to be cool under pressure and maintain a constant problem-solving attitude. 

    ·         Strong communications skills, written and oral, including teaching and presentations skills and supervision.

    ·         Ability to work independently and be highly motivated, while also handling multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

    ·         Ability to work in a variety of environments inside and outside the Nature Center (sometimes in inclement weather).

    •      Ability to work nights and weekends at various points throughout the year. 

    To apply, click this link: https://gcv.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512962.viewjobdetail&CID=512962&JID=672325

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