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Seasonal Naturalist, Summer 2020

Position:               Seasonal Naturalist

Location:              Gardiner, Montana

Status:                  Full-Time / Seasonal / Non-exempt

Reports to:           Program Manager


Summary Description

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.


Seasonal Naturalists are part of a progressive and dedicated Institute team responsible for the delivery of in-depth world-class educational programs in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding ecosystem.


As a naturalist, they must be knowledgeable about many aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including the natural history, ecology, geology, and cultural history of the region; the identification, biology, behavior, and habitat of the wildlife; and ongoing resource management issues and preservation efforts in the ecosystem.


As an educator, they teach a wide array of programs for children and adults, ranging in length from one hour to over a week, and incorporating many disciplines including both art and science. Program types include youth and college, private tours, teacher workshops, adult programs, and philanthropic programs.


They are experienced outdoor leaders who create a comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and while driving them in Institute vehicles.



Primary Responsibilities

Instruction and Engagement


Risk Management and Safety







Basic Qualifications

Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment


Preferred Qualifications



Yellowstone Forever is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, political beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.