Nature Center Director

Milwaukee County Parks

The Milwaukee County Parks Department seeks an inspiring and innovative Nature Center Director to lead Wehr Nature Center, our award-winning nature and environmental education facility. Wehr Nature Center, which serves over 100,000 visitors each year, is located within beautiful Whitnall Park in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin WI. Since 1974, Wehr’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers have offered nationally recognized educational programing to our diverse Milwaukee County community and provided stewardship to 220-acres of natural areas. At Wehr Nature Center, we believe that everyone deserves access to nature. We are a regional leader in accessibility and inclusion, offering specialized programming to a variety of audiences with special needs and offer a growing list of accessible infrastructures including a 1/3-mile boardwalk trail.

The Director will supervise a staff of six full-time and seven part-time employees and a corps of over 300 volunteers, manage a $500,000 annual operational budget, and plan restoration and management priorities for natural areas that include a forest, prairie, oak savanna, wetlands, and lake. Candidates should be familiar with best practices in nature center management and possess the knowledge and skills to develop and implement strategic goals related to environmental education programming, natural areas management, visitor engagement, and fund development.

The Nature Center Director will work closely with existing partners such as the non-profit Friends of Wehr to secure funding and community support to fulfill Wehr’s mission “To inspire current and future generations to explore and value the natural world.” Candidates should have skills in grant writing and creating and cultivating partnerships with a variety of businesses and organizations. We seek a strong communicator who will thrive in a position of high public visibility.

Our organization is working to support Milwaukee County’s vision of becoming the healthiest county in Wisconsin through racial equity. The ideal candidate will have the ability to pursue equity and inclusion, along with prior experience in developing programs and policies that ensure that all people have access to the benefits of nature and quality parks and recreation.

Compensation Range: $60,051 – $78,066/yr.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Benefits include medical, dental, and optical health insurance; pension plan; paid vacation, holiday and sick time; access to flexible spending accounts for medical and childcare expenses, and a deferred compensation investment program.

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