Natural Areas Specialist

By Evan Patrick

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, a 16,000+ acre protected forest in Kentucky, about 25 miles south of Louisville, is seeking a detail-oriented, ecologically focused Natural Areas Specialist that respects and values nature, science and conservation.

Bernheim is home to a 600-acre arboretum, designated as Kentucky’s official arboretum. The natural landscape features 40+ miles of hiking trails and extensive natural areas managed for conservation purposes. Its woodlands, prairies, and wetlands make up the largest privately-owned forest in the Eastern United States dedicated to education and conservation. Bernheim is a privately owned not-for-profit, relying on donations and memberships, whose mission is to connect people with nature. Annually, over 350,000 people experience Bernheim through visits, educational programs, field trips, and Bernheim festivals.

 The Natural Areas Specialist will work to maintain, protect, and enhance the diverse habitats and over 40 miles of trails within Bernheim Forest.  Duties include, but are not limited to, vegetation management, trail maintenance, research project assistance, forestry road maintenance, and forest patrol.

This is a permanent, full-time hourly position with competitive benefits package that includes health/vision/dental insurance, retirement 403b match benefit and paid sick, holiday and vacation leave. The Natural Areas Specialist will report directly to the Natural Areas Manager.  The working hours are typically 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Workdays will occasionally include Saturday and Sunday, and the working hours are subject to change based on project needs.  This position includes working outdoors in inclement weather and in remote settings.

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Please send all inquiries and resumes to Bernheim’s HR team.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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