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10 Oct 2018

Other Outdoor Executive Director

Orcas W.I.L.D. – Posted by oixcareers Eastsound, Washington, United States

Job Description

We are seeking a motivated, organized, independent and enthusiastic individual to direct our interpretive center. This position is full time and salaried DOE. The successful applicant must be available starting March 1st. The position requires a year-long contract renewable based on performance.

General overview of the Center: OrcasW.I.L.D. is an interpretive center/museum in the town of Eastsound on Orcas Island, right in the heart of the San Juan Islands. Our main objective in founding this center is to create an educational space where visitors and residents of the island can glean knowledge of our diverse ecosystem here in the San Juan Islands, Washington and surrounding areas. Orcas W.I.L.D. promotes awareness of programs and happenings relevant to our community via informational and interactive displays on topics such as the Southern Resident Orca population, intertidal species, natural history of the area and much more. We consider ourselves to be the intersection where science, education, and community outreach meet to promote a deeper understanding and subsequent conservation of our natural environment and its irreplaceable inhabitants.

While working in the center, you are responsible for operating the museum, gift shop, setting up kayak rentals in town and maintaining the touch tank and aquarium while overseeing children interacting with the animals and other various displays.

-Educational outreach
-Managing interactive displays including a touch tank
-Creating and enforcing seasonal protocols
-Managing a team of marine naturalists and volunteers to work in the center
-Managing the center’s gift shop
-Managing inventory of merchandise
-Ordering merchandise
-Daily scheduling
-Organize events to involve the community in educational outreach

-Strong leadership skills
-Excellent customer service skills
-Strong communication and public speaking skills
-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic
-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule
-Completed BS or above in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
-Valid driver’s license
-Subject to random drug testing
-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)
-Able to lift 25 lbs (capable of handling merchandise, assisting with kayak rentals, etc)
-Able to stand for 6 hours
-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person
-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

How to Apply

Send (1) Cover Letter (2) Resume or C.V. (3) Contact Information for 3 References. Please submit as 1 combined PDF document to with the SUBJECT: OW Executive Director_AJ Applications without the appropriate subject heading will not be received. Our expected timeline is to review applications each December, process interviews in January, and complete hiring by February for the following field season. Unfortunately at this time we can not accept applicants who are not US citizens.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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