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Carmen Levand, Interpretive Specialist

Lake Metroparks
Personnel Department

11211 Spear Rd.
Concord Twp., OH 44077
Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

440-639-7275 email
FAX 440-639-9126 TTY 1-800-669-9226

Lake Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability in employment.


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Full Time


Chief of Interpretive Services
(Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland, Ohio)

Rate: $61,508/annual minimum, Exempt

Method for applying: Apply online.

Closing date: Open until filled.

Brief description: Lake Metroparks Chief of Interpretive Services has programmatic, event and exhibit oversight of the park system’s Interpretive Services unit and facility oversight of Penitentiary Glen Nature Center and the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center in Kirtland, Ohio as well as the Children’s Schoolhouse Nature Park in Kirtland Hills, Ohio.


  • Direct and manage staff: select, hire, train and coach; assure performance and morale; determine structure and staffing of the Interpretive Services unit.
  • Direct and monitor daily Interpretive Services operations and address issues, as required.
  • Oversee the development of the Interpretive Services operating and capital budgets, monitor expenses and revenues, approve all purchase requisitions;
  • Oversee large contracts with outside vendors.
  • Oversee the development and facilitation of events, programs and exhibits.
  • Serve on the Lake Metroparks Management Team to assist with the development of agency policies and initiatives, capital improvements, etc.
  • Demonstrate in-depth written and oral communication skills including the ability to write and edit for publication.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interpretation, Natural Resources, Natural History, or equivalent experience.


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Summer seasonals - Applications are now being accepted.



Part Time



Information Specialist

Rate: $9.25/hr. minimum
Method for applying: Apply online.
Closing Date: Applications must be received by the Personnel Department at Lake Metroparks. Open until filled.

Brief Description: A part-time position in the Department of Interpretation. Under the direction of the Nature Center Interpretive Manager, provides visitor services and public information for Penitentiary Glen Reservation primarily on Saturdays.

Examples of Work:

  • Provides park visitors with information regarding Penitentiary Glen Reservation, the Lake Metroparks system and Natural History.
  • Answers questions or directs inquiries to appropriate departments.
  • Fills bird feeders, waters plants and other light yard maintenance tasks.
  • Performs minor cleaning tasks, i.e. dusting and straightening.
  • Performs light office work, typing, filing, etc.
  • Maintains Nature Center files and keeps literature stocked.
  • Assists as needed in the execution of club meetings, special events and/or projects.
  • Operates The Nature Store point of sales register system as needed.
  • Hosts evening building rentals and special functions as needed.


  • High school diploma required. Prefer post high school training. Mature attitude. Working knowledge of nature, natural history preferred.
  • Flexible schedule and able to adapt to dynamic, changing situations.
  • Able to work required weekends, holidays and occasional evenings. Will be scheduled Saturdays for 8 hours year-round and special events on Sundays for 6 hours up to ten times per year, and evenings up to five times per year.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment. Professional.
  • Must like people and be a positive communicator.
  • Must have the ability to work on a number of tasks simultaneously and successfully.
  • Must be even-tempered and able to handle stress.
  • Interest in Natural History and willingness to utilize trail system and attend staff trainings to gain knowledge of the park.
  • Computer skills, retail and/or cashier experience desired.


Interpretive Naturalist


Rate: $9.25/hour minimum

Method for applying: Apply online.

Closing date: Open until filled.


Brief description:  The Interpretive Naturalist plans, presents, and evaluates interpretive programs and activities for families, adults and active senior citizens on natural and cultural history topics.  Program responsibilities include leading trail hikes on Tuesdays and Saturdays which vary in intensity and are 2 to 6 miles in length in all seasons.  Other duties include working cooperatively on projects and special events.  Assist with front desk duties and other naturalist duties.  Hours vary:  Approximately 28 hours per week.


Requirements:  Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education or related field, or equivalent experience.  Valid Ohio Driver’s license required and must be insurable by Lake Metroparks auto insurance.


Desirable Traits/Skills:  Ability to write and speak in a clear, concise manner, ability to work with people in a pleasant, enthusiastic and appropriate manner.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Creative, flexible.  Well organized.  Ability to stimulate interest and excitement about program subject and the park district in visitors and other staff.  Available weekdays, evenings, weekends and some holidays.



Children’s Naturalist

Rate: $9.25/hour minimum

Method for applying: Apply online.

Closing date: Open until filled.

Brief description: Under the direction of the Schoolhouse Manager, the part-time Children’s Naturalist plans, organizes, coordinates and carries out a variety of educational programs and activities relating to natural history and resources, the environment, conservation or wildlife management specifically for children. The children’s naturalist trains and supervises volunteers and junior volunteers who assist in programming. Scheduled to work 28 hours per week maximum.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in natural history, education or related field, or associates degree plus equivalent four year experience. Past experience with school age children essential.

Desirable Traits/Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Creative, flexible, and well organized. Ability to relate well with children. Must be energetic, able to lift 50 lbs., walk up and down hills and wok in an outdoor setting. Ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Computer skills desirable. Must have valid Ohio drivers’ license with good record to be insurable by Lake Metroparks auto insurance. Background check required.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.

Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.

Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center College Internship Program Summer 2016

The Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is an environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation and research facility. We present over 350 outreach programs a year and rehabilitate over 2,000 native Ohio wildlife annually. The wildlife center, located at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, is a great place for students to gain experience if they are interested in pursuing a degree in biology or related field.

Student interns are a valuable resource to the wildlife center. The students work a predictable, regular schedule and work during the summer months. We will spend quite a bit of time mentoring these students, they in turn provide a valuable resource and are the next generation of “wildlife conservationists.” Many become passionate about “spreading the word” to their fellow students and communities.

Objectives for interns:
To teach students the basic procedures and protocols involved with wildlife education and rehabilitation. They will develop and practice skills of animal husbandry/triage, environmental interpretation, and handling/enrichment for program animals directly from professionals in their field of interest.

At the conclusion of an internship, students will be able to:

  • Identify the mission of the center and the role of rehabilitation and education in the community.
  • Understand the basic tasks involved in operating the education department and the programs offered to the public
  • Understand the basics of animal first aid, and follow through triage.
  • Identify at least 3 species of each animal group (mammal, reptile, bird) and know a general history of each.
  • Carry out husbandry duties for at least 4 species of education animals and how to properly handle those species.
  • Read, comprehend and record pertinent logs and forms related to daily operations.
  • Plan and carry out one enrichment/training project for 1-2 species.
  • Handle 1-2 animals for a public presentation and utilize appropriate interpretive skills to speak to the public on behalf on the center during a program with staff.
  • Learn basic habitat and nutritional needs for species rehabilitated.
  • Identify individual tasks, prioritize them and carry them out.

Click here to email resume to Tammy O'Neil, Wildlife Care Manager
Deadline: March 30, 2016.

Click here to download the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center summer 2016 internship letter.