Visitors to the Zion Nature Center will be greeted with a new face as Mindy Murdock begins her work as the center's new naturalist.
Murdock is a northeastern Ohio native and has spent most of her life there. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in biology. Her previous experience includes working at Cleveland Metroparks.
Murdock said she came across the position at the nature center in a listing on the official National Association for Interpretation website and took a chance.
"I was familiar with the area and somewhat familiar with Zionsville," Murdock said. "I thought it sounded like a really good position. I did a little bit of research online ... I was like 'let's give them a shot and see; worst they can do tell me is no.'"
Zionsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Matt Dickey, a member of the three-person search committee, said Murdock was the top choice.
"We all had unanimously decided she was the No. 1 candidate at the end of that day," Dickey said.
He said the selection process was easy and moved smoothly, and they were able to hire Murdock only four months after they received the notice that former naturalist Therese Burkhard was stepping down.
As Murdock gets settled into her new position, she plans to focus on the education aspect of the nature center and expanding those programs. She said she wants to build relationships with many different organizations so programs can go beyond the center.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.