Conservation Educator, Family Programs

  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Bronx Zoo, Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States
  • Apr 02, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Directly Coordinates
and Supervises: Teaching fellows, students, Education Assistants or interns assigned to programs.

Position Objective:
The mission of WCS Education is to inspire a diverse, inclusive movement of conservation advocates. The Conservation Educator - Family Programs responsibly participates in the performance of all the services provided by the Education Department and creatively executes the educational efforts of the Society in sensitizing the public or others to the understanding and needs of the animal kingdom, specifically focusing on family and child programming.

Principal Responsibilities:

Family Programs:
• Develops and conducts a diverse suite of programs designed for families including breakfast programs, caregiver-and-me programs, night walks, family overnights, special event/holiday programs, and exhibit-based programming for families (including our Nature Trek and Tree Tops Ropes Course).
• Supports all weekend programming including birthday parties and scout programs.
• Includes WCS’s core strategies of ‘Discover, Protect, Inspire’ as a framework for family programs to enhance science learning and conservation action.
• Keeps abreast of new literature in ecology and conservation biology as well as family programs across informal science institutions.
• Effectively uses the zoo’s tractable animal collection in programming – and maintains a program of training with animal keeper staff to increase the number of animals he/she can use in programs.

Community Engagement:
• Develops and delivers targeted programs to better serve Bronx families.
• Assists in designing and providing content for quarterly e-newsletters to families.
• Assists and supports surveying the needs of Tri-State area families and adjusts program offerings accordingly.
• Builds a relationship with local community groups to identify barriers and better market free and reduced cost programs as well as host focus groups with local and Tri-State families

School Programs:
• Delivers field trip programs for pre-K through 12th grade students.
• Communicates on a regular basis with teachers and coordinators whose classes participate in zoo programs.
• Assists in the development of grade appropriate curricula as needed.
• Works with other educators and professional development coordinators to support school partnership programs as needed.

Camp Programs:
• Plans, researches and writes grade appropriate instructional materials.
• Includes WCS’s core strategies of ‘Discover, Protect, Inspire’ into camp curriculum.
• Teaches 8-10 weeks of camp during the summer and assists with other school break camps/programs as needed.
• Assists in the development and implementation of summer camp after care programs as needed.

Qualification Requirements
•Bachelor’s Degree in education, environmental education or related field
• At least two years of program development and teaching experience for diverse audiences including families and children.
• Experience in and knowledge of incorporating inquiry-based and nature play strategies into programming.
• Experience and comfort working with people of diverse ages, abilities, and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive
• Must be outgoing and creative and willing to interface with several WCS departments.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
• Valid driver’s license required.
• Spanish speaking a plus.

Schedule: Thursday - Monday

EOE/ AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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