The City of Cannon Beach seeks qualified applicants for Junior Rocky Shore Interpreter positions for the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP). These seasonal, part-time positions run February through October, with flexible start and end dates, work alongside Rocky Shore Interpreters and Volunteers. Junior Rocky Shore Interpreters will work under the supervision of the HRAP Director.
Duties:Junior Rocky Shore Interpreters educate the public about intertidal and seabird ecology during low tide hours at Haystack Rock; promote natural resource conservation and stewardship; assist program volunteers; redirect visitors engaging in prohibited activities; set-up and break down HRAP’s education units; collect accurate data; participate in program events and maintain equipment off the beach. Beach schedule varies daily around low tide; therefore, applicants must be willing to work early mornings, middays, evenings, and weekends. Work hours will not interfere with school hours during the school year. Work schedules are coordinated one month in advance. HRAP’s team includes one full-time Director, one part-time Volunteer and Education Coordinator, one part-time Communications Coordinator, 8-14 part-time seasonal Interpreters, and 80-100 community volunteers.
Requirements: Must be between 16-18 years of age, currently enrolled in high school, have strong work-ethic, good interpersonal communication skills, exercise of judgment, initiative, attention to detail, and teamwork. Training will be provided in the areas of intertidal and seabird identification, program set-up and break-down, data collection, temporary species collection, and equipment maintenance. Relevant knowledge and/or experience preferred, but not required.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities: Must have proficiency in MS Office Applications, desktop publishing, database, and spreadsheet software. Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are required. Must have the ability to effectively present information to diverse groups. The ability to work independently or with others to manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision is essential. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, lift and hold at least 50 lbs., and are willing to work in adverse weather conditions. Skills and knowledge in marketing principles, grant writing, and curriculum development is preferred. Experience in education, interpreting, environmental science, oceanography, ecology, and other related biology fields preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish and English.
Compensation: $13-15/hour; depending upon education and experience. Position is part-time, students are limited to evenings or weekends only (5-20 hrs./week), seasonal/temporary (February – October 2022), and not eligible for benefits.
Student employees who are Seniors at Seaside High School and work at least 50-hours for HRAP over a 12-24 month period, maintain a GPA of 3.0, plan to pursue a degree in environmental, marine science, or ornithological studies, and will or are attending a community college or 4 year university or college may be eligible to apply for a $2,500 scholarship from the Friends of Haystack Rock (FOHR), scholarship may be eligible for renewal up to three times (four years).
To Apply: Send a completed City Employment application along with your letter of interest, resume and at least three references to: Kellis Ennis, HRAP Director, City of Cannon Beach, PO Box 368, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 or email: habecker [at] ci.cannon-beach.or.us. The City of Cannon Beach is an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until filled.