Seasonal Conservation Education Educator




Organization: the Wilds (AZA Member)
Location: Cumberland, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Position Summary: The Conservation Education Educator works to fulfill educational program delivery and service aspects of the Wilds mission with day-to-day operation of the day-long and overnight education programs for schools, youth groups, summer campers, families, and adults. This includes program delivery, equipment upkeep, facility housekeeping, guest transportation, food delivery, program promotion and customer service. This position is seasonal and includes food and lodging while camp is in session. Compensation varies and is based on experience and skill sets. Hours vary and include many evening, overnight and weekend activities. This position reports to the Conservation Education Specialist.

Tasks and Objectives:

• Maintain safety as the priority in all activities

• Be enthusiastic and make programs FUN!

• Present mission-driven programs and activities for a variety of audiences in conjunction with the Wilds programmatic focus areas (Conservation Medicine; Conservation Science Training; Animal Management, Husbandry and Health; Field Conservation, Conservation Education; and Restoration Ecology)

• Promote the Wilds education programs and distribute promotional materials as necessary

• Maintain natural history collections and education equipment/supplies; report missing/broken equipment to supervisor.

• Maintain trails and other land management projects

• Record and maintain daily camp operations records

• Communicate and coordinate with Conservation Education Team members

• Assist with collection of wildlife research data and restoration projects

• Other duties as necessary and assigned

Desired Skills and Requirements:

• A minimum of two years of college-level coursework completed in related field (science, education, etc.); B.S. or B.A. in related field preferred

• Knowledge of natural ecosystems, native wildlife and conservation issues

• Desire to continually enhance and share personal knowledge of and passion for the natural world and conservation issues

• High level of motivation; outgoing and enthusiastic personality

• Ability to relate to people of all ages in a positive manner

• Residential camp experience a plus

• Demonstrated experience with zoological or other informal science programming a plus

• Well developed verbal communications and public relations skills

• Exceptional organizational skills

• Ability to work well on a team or alone on projects

• Current CPR and First Aid certification (or willingness to train)

• Comfortable in and on the water, able to hike long distances, and willing to supervise and participate in outdoor recreational activities; training/certifications in the following a plus: WFA/WFR, Lifeguarding, WSI, Canoeing, Rappelling/Belaying

• Valid driver’s license; CDL and ability to drive a stick a plus

• Physically fit with ability to perform moderate physical labor; trail maintenance skills a plus

Apply online at www.thewilds.org! Equal Opportunity Employer.