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Assistant Naturalist, Mentor Marsh Nature Center

Part-time position
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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.
Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.
Mentor Marsh, occupying an ancient, abandoned channel of the Grand River, became Ohio’s first State Nature Preserve in 1971. It is one of the largest natural marshes remaining along the Lake Erie shoreline. It is also a registered National Natural Landmark with the National Park Service.

With more than 800 acres, Mentor Marsh is one of the largest natural freshwater marshes protected along the Lake Erie shoreline. It provides critical spawning habitat for Lake Erie fish and is an important refuge and nesting site for waterfowl and migrating songbirds; more than 200 species of birds have been recorded using the site, including several state listed species (endangered, threatened or species of concern).
The Nature Center is open weekends April through October. Weekday school programming occurs primarily in April, May, September and October.
Mentor Marsh Nature Center is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the natural world, possesses knowledge of wetland ecosystems, exhibits strong interpersonal and organizational skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working with people of all ages.


The Assistant Naturalist is responsible for working with the Mentor Marsh Naturalist and the Mentor Marsh Board of Management to implement programs at the Nature Preserve and assist with implementing educational programming to increase awareness and preservation of our natural environment. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with educational programs at Mentor Marsh Nature Center.
  • Work with Mentor Marsh Board of Management to implement programs at the Nature Center.
  • Assist with outreach for the Nature Center, including biannual newsletter, mailings to schools, and various speaking engagements.
  • Assist with writing grants to obtain funds for educational programming.
  • Collaborate, design, and build displays inside and outside the Nature Center.
  • Performs all required job responsibilities with our without reasonable accommodation.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in biology, ecology or other science related field preferred; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with adults and children in an educational setting preferred.
  • General knowledge of conservation issues and environmental laws.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office products to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience working with youth in the outdoor education setting.
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends.

Other Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Must have the energy and enthusiasm necessary to work with youth in the outdoor setting.
  • Must be able to communicate a passion for nature and science to diverse audiences.
  • Must be able to walk 5 miles over uneven terrain.
  • Must possess a strong interest in Ohio natural history and an interest in seeking out in-depth knowledge of new topics.
  • Ability to work independently or with a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Becky Donaldson
Mentor Marsh Nature Center
5185 Corduroy Road
Mentor, Ohio 44060
No phone calls, please.

Posting Date: 3/1/2016
Job Announcement Number: 16A07
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History