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  • Great organization-- sad that the position was temporary!

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    Former Employee - Nature-Based Activity Specialist -- Austin Nature & Scence Center in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Nature-Based Activity Specialist -- Austin Nature & Scence Center in Austin, TX
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    Outdoor, changing environment; fast-paced and fun; educational about environmental conservancy and stewardship for children and adults alike; very focused on supporting the local environment & fellow local environmental agencies & organizations Employers and supervisors were always positive & supportive both professionally and inter-personally The workplace culture here is amazing. Everyone working here knows one another (names of folks working at every level) & treats each other with a lot of respect and appreciation for the work each contributes.


    There are not many positions available at the end of temporary work periods (only part time positions with even less hours than the temporary hourly jobs), so growth with this particular organization can be a really difficult thing if that is your goal and you are beginning in one of those positions.

    Advice to Management

    Have continuing conversations with employees about their level of interest in continuing to work at ANSC before, during, and after their temporary employment, being open about the lack of continuing positions usually available. Consider creating unpaid internships to help those highly-interested in growth gain necessary upper-level job skills to continue in this line of work after temporary positions end (either at ANSC or elsewhere). Many of us who were summer camp counselors would love to continue working in outdoor education, but lack credentials in the upper-level skills needed (planning, administrative, etc.) to do any other work than child care. Otherwise, the management here is great-- I felt extremely prepared for the position after training and always felt supported as staff and cared about as an individual here.

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at City of Austin Texas (Austin, TX).


    Interview consisted of two rounds spaced a couple of weeks apart. The same questions were asked in both rounds. Interview questions did not relate to qualities, skills, or abilities for the position and were indicative of a lack of understanding by upper management and H.R. about the actual role. Staff in interview were highly incompetent, and I believe that the senior manager felt threatened at the prospect of me coming on board. Typical government employees protecting their positions rather than hiring highly qualified professionals. The person who got the job has no idea what they're doing.

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National Top 50 Green Companies (#9) , Green Power Partnership, 2012

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Headquarters Austin, TX
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1839
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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Deep in the heart of Texas you'll find Austin, the capital of the state and self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World (where else can you find live local music at City Hall and the airport?). The city follows the council/manager model where the mayor and council enact policy and the city manager carries it out. The manager's office oversees about 20 departments as well as the court system and city utilities. About 15 nature preserves, a film and video office, and the city's international airport also fall under the umbrella of city managment. Austin ... More

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