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Full Time:
$54,021.00 - $54,021.00 Annually
Minimum Education and/or Experience:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, environmental science, communications, or related area; plus three years of experience in nature conservation, including two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.


Preferred Education and/or Experience:
Strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience working in a nature center or education center setting. Experience managing facility operations including: procurement, contracts, staff performance, volunteers, gift shops, exhibits, and/or customer service. Experience presenting educational programs to youth and adults. Experience developing and leading outdoor education programs especially programing related to hunting, fishing, outdoor skills, and Arkansas' fish and wildlife. Experience with shooting range operations and shooter education. Certifications in AGFC programs such as Hunter Ed., Boater Ed., BAI, are a plus.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques.  Knowledge of nature, wildlife, and biology.  Knowledge of nature center marketing and promotion strategies. Knowledge of inventory control, purchasing and procurement procedures, grants administration, and customer service. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and to monitor the performance of subordinates. Ability to select merchandise related to the nature center’s mission and desirable to customers. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to prepare reports and maintain records and files.

Preferred Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Experience with shooting range/Archery range operation and shooting education. Knowledge of and ability to communicate concepts of AGFC conservation programs, environmental education and outdoor skills to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. Knowledge of AGFC budgeting, personnel, purchasing, invoicing, AASIS and other administrative procedures. Knowledge of gift shop operations and procedures. Ability to develop and present educational programs and materials. Ability to recruit, train and supervise employees and volunteers. Must have public speaking skills, including media appearances. Must be able to supervise full time and part time staff. Ability to work with corporate sponsors and experience writing grants preferred. Must be organized with the ability to coordinate programing schedules. Must be an energetic self- starter. Should have knowledge of Arkansas flora and fauna, and should have multiple outdoor skills and abilities that they are capable of teaching to others.
Postion Location:
City: Springdale, Arkansas
Office: JB Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center
Division: Education
Job Summary:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Nature Center Manager is responsible for managing the nature center facility, supervising nature center staff, and public conservation education. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.     

Typical Functions:

Supervises a small-sized staff of nature center support personnel and volunteers by interviewing, hiring, training, making work assignments, and evaluating job performance. Supervises the purchase of nature center inventory, including soft goods, gifts, souvenirs, and sundry items, which are focused on the mission of the nature center. Oversees public programs, events, meeting rooms, and exhibits at the nature center.  Seeks, obtains, and manages grants, donations, and sponsorships for programs and exhibits.  Presents programs to the public, such as schools and community organizations, representing both the agency and the nature center.  Performs administrative duties, such as compiling data for budget preparation, developing and revising bookstore policies and procedures, and compiling and maintaining data for preparation of required reports. Solves problems, including visitor complaints, employee/volunteer performance, mechanical malfunctions, and safety issues. Performs other duties as assigned.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
This position manages, supervises, and coordinates the programs, activities, and operations of a new 32,000 square foot facility on 62 acres that will be open to the public 6 days a week. The selected candidate will supervise a staff of 4-6 onsite full-time employees and 3-4 part time employees along with being responsible for the oversight of AGFC educational activities throughout a 4 county region. As this center will not open until autumn of 2020, the candidate will initially be responsible for overseeing the final construction phases of the center, hiring the staff team, working with Education staff to procure everything needed to open the facility, and will be the on-site staff person during final construction phases and exhibit installation. The Center Managers main responsibility, once the center is open, will be to provide direction, oversight, scheduling, and evaluation for the new nature center and the programs offered through the center. They will be the key staff responsible for building community partnerships, securing funding for projects, building the center volunteer base, and for successfully opening the center to the public. The Center Manager will develop and administer the Nature Center budget and ensure that procurement follows AGFC policy and procedure. Manages and participates in the development and implementation of Agency-wide and Division-wide goals, objectives, policies and priorities. Recommends and administers policies and procedures specific to the center. Establishes effective communication between center staff, administrative staff, local AGFC staff, and with partner schools and organization. Develops, plans, and leads wildlife biology, outdoor recreation, shooting, and/or conservation education programs, tours, and events.
Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:
Special Job Dimensions:

Frequent weekend and overtime work may be required.

Other Specific Information:
All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.