As a park naturalist, Moats creates, implements and provides natural and cultural history programs. She provides environmental education programs and interpretive information for school groups, scout groups, toddlers, senior citizens in addition to the general public.
"I know there are some people out there that think my job is a little weird, while others think it is real cool. Most of all, I know it is quite important. I will never make the big bucks, but I do receive so many other rewards. I am very proud to be in this profession, and I am honored to receive this award from NAI Region V," said Moats.
In order to receive the Frontline Interpreter award, an NAI member must have worked five or more years in the profession and his/her current duties must be at least 60 percent frontline interpretation. The member must demonstrate a mastery of interpretive techniques, program development and design of creative projects. In addition, the nominee must have three letters of support describing his or her involvement and achievement in frontline interpretation.
Region V is made up of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and part of Manitoba, Canada.
Jody (Hartnett) Moats accepting an award for her work in South Dakota.