Join the FNPA Team

Would you like to join Florida National Parks Association, in supporting our four National Parks while surrounded by South Florida’s uniquely spectacular nature? FNPA is looking for talented and dedicated new members for our team!

Available Positions 

Naturalist-Big Cypress Institute

Position Highlights

Position:           Naturalist

Location:          Ochopee, Florida

Reports To:      Program Coordinator

Status:             Part-time

Summary Description

The Florida National Park Association (FNPA) is the official cooperating association and nonprofit partner to Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve. Our Institutes partner with our National Parks to enhance visitor experience by providing educational and interpretive opportunities while also supporting the National Parks mission to protect and preserve.

FNPA is seeking multiple part-time Naturalist for its Big Cypress Institute (BCI). Naturalist are part of a dedicated BCI staff committed to connecting National Park visitors to the Big Cypress National Preserve through delivery of exceptional educational and interpretive experiences. They are knowledgeable about Big Cypress’s natural, geologic, and cultural history and are experienced outdoor leaders who provide a fun, educational, and safe program. Naturalists are responsible for positively representing BCI and FNPA, through program delivery, program support, and coordination.

Naturalists can commute to the BCI site or stay in the bunk house for the period of a 3–4 day shift. Naturalists additional responsibilities include light onsite maintenance, operating onsite store when not guiding a tour, and taking reservations and answering inquiries from visitors online and over the phone.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Prepare and deliver engaging and organized programs to a diverse range of learners with the goal of connecting them to the Big Cypress Preserve.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Articulate the BCI mission and represent it accurately and positively; encourage participation in the organization through education and philanthropy.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Big Cypress National Preserve and the greater Everglades ecosystem, to include (but not limited to) the natural, cultural, and geologic history, wildlife, and management issues.
  • Understand and follow BCI and FNPA policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations by emphasizing the protection of park resources and adherence to FNPA employee handbook.
  • Perform field-based risk management duties during programs by anticipating and managing potential hazards or group issues that might arise due to wildlife, terrain, weather, or student attitude/ability.
  • Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with all BCI and FNPA employees, contract instructors, volunteers, board members, and partners.
  • Assist in coordinating educational programs, to include answering phone calls and emails, booking programs, and developing program outlines and itineraries.
  • Assist with teaching material and equipment management.
  • Travel throughout the Big Cypress Preserve area, as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Institute Program Coordinator, or other designated leadership.
Other Responsibilities
  • Light maintenance of the BCI buildings including cleaning the store and restrooms.
  • Inform visitors in person or over the phone about Big Cypress National Preserve and programs offered by all FNPA Institutes.
  • Manage reservations for the BCI including making reservations, rebooking reservations, and cancelling reservations.
  • Complete the check in process for all visitors participating in a BCI program.
  • Use Point of Sale systems to complete store purchases.
  • Complete change orders and products orders weekly.
  • Open and close store by following proper procedures at appropriate times indicated.
  • Solicit memberships and donations from visitors as they complete store purchases.
  • Restock merchandise as needed and after each delivery.
Basic Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to education and the mission of Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Experience in guiding, teaching, environmental education, or interpretation.
  • Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Team player with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of biology, ecology, geology, and natural and cultural history.
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Applications.
  • Experience developing programs and registering participants into programs.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications, or willingness to attain and maintain these certifications.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check is a condition of employment.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, walk bike and canoe up to 10 miles, and work outdoors in all climate conditions common to the region.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to represent BCI in a courteous and professional manner.
  • A collaborative attitude with demonstrated ability to work effectively, and professionally as a part of a team.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of ecology and natural and cultural history of Big Cypress National Preserve and the greater Everglades ecosystem.
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience working with both youth and adult learners.
Location
  • This position will be stationed at the Big Cypress Institute site in Big Cypress National Preserve located at 25959 Turner River Rd. Ochopee, FL 34141.
Apply

Apply by submitting a resume to Jobs@EvergladesAssociation.Org with the subject:”Naturalist-Big Cypress Institute”.

Administrative Office Manager

Position Highlights

Position:          Administrative Office Manager

Location:          Homestead, Florida

Reports To:      Executive Director

Status:              Full-time

Summary Description

The Office Manager of a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and support the educational and interpretive activities, including preservation, research, and historical work of the four South Florida units of the National Park System; Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortuga National Park, and Everglades National Park. In this capacity, he or she is directly responsible to the Executive Director, Associate Executive Director of Operations, Board of Directors, and committees thereof, for all operational areas including, but not limited to personnel, financial affairs, and office administration. The Office Manager may delegate functional responsibilities to subordinate employees to facilitate effective handling of some areas but remains responsible to the Executive Director for all areas.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Process payables & receivables for QuickBooks input, payment by physical check and/or Bill.com
  • Banking: receives cash and checks, prepares deposits, change orders.
  • Prepares appropriate schedules and reports as requested by clients and partners.
  • Handles payroll in conjunction with ADP & CPA.
  • Receives and reviews bank statements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned from time to time by accountants or coworkers.
  • Coordinates annual audits in conjunction with CPA.
  • Knowledge & Administrative of all proper office productivity; Including but not limited to relay of multiple phone lines and emails to the proper department and meeting scheduling.
  • Establish and enforce proper & Secure filing system for all employees, payables, receivables, and financial documentation while maintain a high level of privacy.
  • Process of new hire paperwork and input into our ADP system
  • Assist staff with complying with proper payroll procedures and assist employees with any questions and/or requests.
  • Order office supplies.
  • Assist with preparation of Boar of Directors meeting packets, minutes, and notes.
Location
  • This position will be stationed at the 10 Parachute Key Lot 51, Homestead, FL 33034.
  • The Administrative Office Manager is a full time 40 hour per week Monday – Friday position.
Apply

Apply by submitting a resume to Jobs@EvergladesAssociation.Org with the subject: “Administrative Office Manager”.

Naturalist-Everglades Institute

Position Highlights

Position:           Naturalist

Location:          Homestead, Florida

Reports To:      Program Coordinator

Status:             Part-time

Summary Description

The Florida National Park Association (FNPA) is the official cooperating association and nonprofit partner to Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve. Our Institutes partner with our National Parks to enhance visitor experience by providing educational and interpretive opportunities while also supporting the National Parks mission to protect and preserve.

FNPA is seeking multiple part-time Naturalists for its Everglades National Park Institute (EVERI). Naturalist are part of a dedicated EVERI staff committed to connecting National Park visitors to the Everglades National Park through delivery of exceptional educational and interpretive experiences. They are knowledgeable about Everglades’ natural, geologic, and cultural history and are experienced outdoor leaders who provide a fun, educational, and safe program. Naturalists are responsible for positively representing EVERI and FNPA, through program delivery, program support, and coordination.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Prepare and deliver engaging and organized programs to a diverse range of learners with the goal of connecting them to Everglades National Park.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Articulate the FNPA mission and represent it accurately and positively; encourage participation in the organization through education and philanthropy.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Everglades National Park and the greater Everglades ecosystem, to include (but not limited to) the natural, cultural, and geologic history, wildlife, and management issues.
  • Understand and follow Institute and FNPA policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations by emphasizing the protection of park resources and adherence to FNPA employee handbook.
  • Perform field-based risk management duties during programs by anticipating and managing potential hazards or group issues that might arise due to wildlife, terrain, weather, or student attitude/ability.
  • Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with all Institute and FNPA employees, contract instructors, volunteers, board members, and partners.
  • Assist in coordinating educational programs, to include answering phone calls and emails, booking programs, and developing program outlines and itineraries.
  • Assist with teaching material and equipment management.
  • Travel throughout Everglades National Park, as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Institute Program Coordinator, or other designated leadership.
Basic Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to education and the mission of Everglades National Park
  • Experience in guiding, teaching, environmental education, or interpretation.
  • Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Team player with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of biology, ecology, geology, and natural and cultural history.
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Applications.
  • Experience developing programs and registering participants into programs.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications, or willingness to attain and maintain these certifications.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check is a condition of employment.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, walk bike and canoe up to 10 miles, and work outdoors in all climate conditions common to the region.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to represent FNPA in a courteous and professional manner.
  • A collaborative attitude with demonstrated ability to work effectively, and professionally as a part of a team.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of ecology and natural and cultural history of the greater Everglades ecosystem.
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience working with both youth and adult learners.
Location
  • This position will be stationed at at the FNPA main office in Everglades National Park, 10 Parachute Key Lot #51 Homestead, FL 33034.
Apply

Apply by submitting a resume to Jobs@EvergladesAssociation.Org with the subject: “Naturalist-Everglades Institute”.

Send Us Your Resume and Cover Letter

Don’t see an available position but still interested in joining FNPA? We continuously accept resumes. If you would like to submit for a position that is not posted here, please email Jobs@EvergladesAssociation.Org your resume and a cover letter and we will keep you on file.

RV Parking Available

There are  RV pads available for FNPA employees at Pine Island and Flamingo locations in Everglades National Park and at Oasis in Big Cypress Preserve. If you are interested in more details about the RV pads please include your inquiries when you submit your resume.