Environmental/Natural Resources Specialist III (Outreach Educator)

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Friday, October 7, 2022, 11:00pm


Southeastern, MS
United States

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About the Agency
The mission of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is to conserve and enhance Mississippi's wildlife, fisheries, and parks, provide quality outdoor recreation, and engage the public in natural resource conservation. For questions about this position, please call MDWFP HR at 601-432-2400

About the Position
Housed in the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Education Department, Outreach Educator position covering 20 counties in Southeastern Mississippi. The educator will conduct school programs, attend community events, & facilitate Teacher Workshops on behalf of MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science. The biologist in this position is responsible for and participates in the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Outreach Education Programs. Develop & present hands-on educational programs to school groups in designated counties. Develop & present hands-on interpretive programs to other public groups in counties. Write, edit, and/or coordinate production of necessary materials such as educational materials, brochures, and magazine articles. Conduct teacher-training workshops. Examples: Project WILD, Project WET. Communicate/give presentations at professional fish and wildlife and educational meetings and conferences on the status and success of the program. Care for a small collection of animal ambassadors. Provide technical assistance related to conservation resources to individuals/schools/other groups. Provide support for museum and agency events statewide. This is a time limited position.

What you'll need to be Successful
Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed as follows, Previous teaching experience and demonstrated knowledge of biology and ecology. Ability to communicate in both writing and speaking. Ability and desire to work with audiences of all ages. Ability and desire to develop and conduct educational programs. Ability to work well with staff and supervisors. Computer skills required as follows, word processing and spreadsheets.

Preferred Qualifications
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in wildlife/fisheries, ecology/biology or in wildlife/fisheries conservation management, conservation education, or a related field, along with 4-6 years of experience directly related to the above-described duties.

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Salary $43,509.31

Health/Prescription Insurance
Eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in the state’s health and prescription insurance program. Employees may select either single or family coverage with affordable co-payments. More detail can be found at Know Your Benefits.
Wellness Benefits
Employees are eligible for a wellness and health promotion program. This plan provides annual benefits for certain services with first-dollar coverage with no deductible.
Life Insurance
All eligible employees receive an actual term life insurance policy upon employment. The policy coverage is two times the employee’s annual salary to a maximum of $100,000. More detail can be found at Life Insurance Choices.
Optional Insurances
Many agencies offer discounted premiums for dental, vision, and cancer insurance.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Many state agencies provide opportunity for employees to participate in pre-tax spending accounts. These accounts allow employees to withhold childcare expenses and unreimbursed medical expenses prior to application of state and federal taxes.
Paid Personal Leave and Sick Leave
Full-time employees receive paid time off for personal needs and for sick leave. Leave begins accruing after one month of employment and may be used as it is accrued. Employees earn approximately 18 days of personal leave annually and 12 days of sick leave annually.
Military Leave
In accordance with federal law, all employees serving in the armed forces or the military reserves are entitled to 15 days per year for military training.
Employees receive up to 10 paid holidays to enjoy many of our nation’s celebrations with family and friends.
Retirement Programs
The State of Mississippi provides all its employees a Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Retirement Program. Employees become vested in the State’s retirement system after 8 years of employment. Both you and your employing agency contribute toward your retirement.   More detailed information regarding the State’s retirement program can be found at http://www.pers.state.ms.us
Deferred Compensation
State agencies offer several opportunities for their employees to participate in a deferred compensation voluntary retirement savings plan. More information can be found at Deferred Compensation.
State Credit Union
All state employees are eligible to participate in the Mississippi Public Employees’ Credit Union. This organization offers state employees special savings and borrowing plans. For more information about this program, call 601.948.8191.
 Tuition Reimbursement
Many state agencies provide opportunities for their employees to achieve higher education through tuition reimbursement. Common programs include medical and nursing fields, accounting, and business/administrative fields.
Career Development and Training
The Mississippi State Personnel Board offers several management and administrative certification programs, as well as professional development courses to enhance employee value to the agency. Individual agencies also offer technical training and allow membership in professional organizations to employees in their specific fields of employment.
Promotional Opportunities
Employees who have completed 6 or more months of service are eligible for promotional opportunities within state government employment. Minimum qualifications must be met.
Career Ladders
Many job classifications provide career-ladder opportunities based upon attainment of competencies. These career ladders can increase an individual’s salary, provided funds are available within the agency.

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Andrea Falcetto

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