Conservation Educator, ZooCrew

Under the direction of the Director of Conservation Engagement, the Conservation Educator coordinates the volunteer programs with a special emphasis on the teen volunteer program – ZooCrew (Zoo Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife). In addition, the Conservation Educator works with the team to enhance the guest experience at the Zoo through informal interaction and formal education programs. They also assist in implementing the Zoo’s conservation integration strategy in all programs and throughout all areas in the Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  1. Responsible for assisting with the development and evaluation of youth volunteer program curriculum and strategic plan.
  1. Plan and implement workshops, trainings, field trips, overnight trips and recognition events.
  1. Supervise program Mentor staff and volunteer program members in various departments throughout the Zoo and at off-site opportunities.
  1. Responsible for assisting in the recruitment of new program members in cooperation with community partners and the School District of Philadelphia.
  1. Plan and implement orientation program for new program members.
  1. Train new and continuing apprentices in public interaction and job-readiness skills. Assists in evaluating the presentation and interpretation skills of all volunteers. Mentors those volunteers as needed.
  1. Track attendance, performance and additional participation records for all program members.
  1. Plan and implement program activities in accordance to individual grant requirements (i.e.: Fairmount Park clean-up/conservation co-ops, college visits, etc.) and coordinate community outreach opportunities.
  1. Coordinate alumni program, track alumni records and plan and implement alumni events.
  1. Assists with the day-to-day interpretation experience in the Zoo including formal classes. Sets the standard for public program staff and volunteers by performing public programs on a regular basis. Supervises staff and volunteers performing public programs to provide the best educational and entertaining experience possible.                    
  1. Demonstrates consistent conservation education messages in all interpretation areas.
  1. Assists in the development of interpretation to support seasonal theme and well as any other guest engagement.
  1. Assists with informal interpretation through out the Zoo--in areas such as Reptile Exercise Yard, Exploration Stations, seasonal theme support, lorikeets, contact yard and any other area needed, and supervises staff and volunteers in these areas.
  1. Assists in all other education programs as required and performs all other duties as assigned.
 
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  1. Bachelor’s degree and two years relevant work experience in an informal education setting.
  1. Ability to work in a fast paced environment, stimulating interaction between the public and Zoo staff.
  1. Excellent presentation skills with a strong knowledge of interpretive and both formal and informal presentation techniques.
  1. Experience and ability to work with a variety of program animals.
  1. Strong organizational and communication skills.
  1. Ability to maintain and execute a working knowledge of electronic media and exhibit components under Public Program responsibility.
  1. Willing and able to work a flexible schedule that will include weekends, evenings and holidays.
 
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  1. Successful completion of post offer medical screening, drug test and tb test.  Rabies pre-exposure series required.
  1. No allergies related to plants or animals that would interfere with ability to work.
 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  1. Successful completion of a background check of criminal and driving records.
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