Education Director

Organization: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, us
Job or Internship: Job


Job Description: Education Director

Reports To: Executive Director and Assistant Director


Must be proficient in educational program development and public speaking.  Experience working with children and animals required.  College degree or coursework in education/biology preferred, with at least two years of program development and teaching experience for diverse audiences, including adults.  Must have excellent communication skills (Spanish speaking skills a plus), be able to stand for extended periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, possess a valid Arizona Drivers’ License, be able to work in a fast-paced environment with flexible hours, including weekends and some nights, and have the ability to train and work with volunteers and staff.  Must appreciate the importance of wildlife conservation and be seeking a long-term position as an educator in this field.  Must have pre-exposure rabies shots and documented current titer.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Directly interact with SWCC guests, including giving exhibit tours, handling education animals (training will be provided), and delivering educational programs. 
  • Keep abreast of new literature in ecology, conservation biology, and teaching standards and methods for the sciences.
  • Research and develop grade appropriate instructional materials and programs.
  • Research and recommend, as needed by the department, new educational approaches for programs and/or exhibits.
  • Develop new programs and/or curricula and conduct programs for: K through 12 students; teachers and school administrators; adult audiences; college level students; special events; and summer camps.
  • Develop ideas for children, family, and adult programs to enhance general audience and school catalog offerings.
  • Respond to phone and written correspondence regarding human wildlife conflicts, wildlife enquiries, and school programs.  
  • Manage education schedule, special events, and summer camps.
  • Develop and maintain calendar of events for future programs, up to two years in advance.
  • Conduct special demonstrations involving live animals, as events may warrant.
  • Perform all related tasks and duties, as required.  

SWCC’s Educational Emphasis:

SWCC is dedicated to the development of human wildlife conflict resolutions though science and education and to finding and teaching humane alternative solutions for carnivore conservation/management.  Of significance are our research, education, and conservation efforts toward the restoration and preservation of large carnivores, especially mountain lions and Mexican gray wolves.  Outreach, to the general public and schoolchildren, is vital to teaching respect for all living creatures.  Seeing and learning about wildlife helps people to appreciate them and understand the importance of saving them.  Through science and education, we have an amazing opportunity to make a positive impact in the world today, while providing educational opportunities for the conservationists of tomorrow.

Email applications to: 

Attn.: Linda Searles 

Mail  aapplications to:

Attn: Linda Searles, Director

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center 

PMB # 115

8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road

Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

480-471-9109 clinic

480-471-3621 education dept.