Natural Scientist Assistant

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is a 3621 acre City of Fort Worth park which is preserved and protected by dedicated City of Fort Worth employees through education and sound natural resource management. Staff assist with an array of natural resource management and research activities and/or provide natural science and conservation oriented recreational and educational activities to the public.

Job Description:

The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department is recruiting for three temporary part time Natural Scientist Assistants to work at its Nature Center & Refuge location to assist with weekend programming, canoeing/kayaking programs, evening programs and other educational and recreational programs throughout the week. One position will focus on aquatic activities on weekends and some week nights along with some evening programming. Two positions will focus on weekday educational programming, guided hikes, animal care and other recreational activities.

Working weekends, holidays and some evenings are required.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

All positions:

  • Performing facility opening and closing duties; patrols area to ensure safety procedures are followed.
  • Assisting Natural Scientist with volunteers and programs
  • Adhering to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City's Personnel Rules and Regulations. This includes working weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Assisting natural resource staff with land management projects and tasks.
  • Completing City of Fort Worth trainings including CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving, Cyber Awareness, etc.
  • Carry out customer service duties including greeting visitors, answering phones, answering questions about the Refuge, etc.
  • Complete basic maintenance needs throughout the Refuge.
  • Fulfill custodial duties including sweeping, mopping, taking out trash, etc.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Natural Scientist Assistant-Weekend Naturalist (1 position):

  • Coordinating, organizing, recruiting volunteers and implementing guided and unguided canoe and kayak programs during and outside normal operating hours.
  • Properly maintaining and providing necessary maintenance and inventory of canoes, kayaks and equipment.

Natural Scientist Assistant- Weekday Naturalist (2 positions):

  • Assisting with the development and implementation of educational and recreational programs centering on natural science topics for groups including school programs, educator workshops, summer youth camps, public outreach programs, seminars, and nature hikes; develops and maintains exhibits and conducts facility tours.
  • Assisting with the care and maintenance of captive education animals. Reviews animal care logs to ensure proper care and makes necessary notes for other staff members.

These positions will average 16 hours/week with a maximum of 19 hours per week. Weekend Naturalist position will work Saturdays and Sundays and some evenings and/or holidays. Weekday Naturalists will work assigned hours during the weekdays and some evenings and/or holidays. Position will begin as promptly as possible as early as October 1. Exact start dates are negotiable.


H.S. diploma/GED and a minimum of 16 credit hours from an accredited college or university with major course work in a natural or physical science, including biology, geology, botany, range management, environmental science, forestry, or a related field with no direct experience required.

Other Requirements:

Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Texas driver's license within six months of hire.

The successful candidates will be required to perform extensive public contact, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate a willingness to work with live animal exhibits.


Preference will also be given to candidates who are proficient Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel, certified in leading and/or organizing canoe/kayak programs, creating and implementing TEKS based curriculum, public programming and have experience in customer service.

Working Conditions:

Environmental Conditions:

Inside and outside working conditions; exposure to varying weather conditions; dangerous 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 using both arms and legs; adequate speech and vision required; general manual dexterity; must be able to operate assigned vehicles and equipment. If working as a Weekend Naturalist, candidate must be fit to carry, load and unload canoes and kayaks.

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