Conservation Educator, Program Coordinator




Organization: Lehigh Valley Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Schnecksville, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Conservation Educator/Program Coordinator will act as the lead in regards developing and implementing Explore and Snore Programs, ZooCamp, Scout programs, on-site programs, docent program and teacher workshops. This full-time position is an integral part of the Lehigh Valley Zoo.ESSENTIAL DUTIES:a.Set-up and develop on-site and off-site education programs. b.Coordinate, schedule, confirm, set-up, and present educational programs both at the Lehigh Valley Zoo and in the community.c.Assist with the care, training, and enrichment of program animals. d.Research educational information for training, programming, exhibit graphics, newsletters, activity guides, and other informational projects.e.Prepare and organize teacher workshops.f.Education Programs - gather materials, prepare and gather animals, set up materials, facilitate the program, return animals to their enclosures, place materials back to proper location, clean-up.g.Prepare and facilitate Zoo Tours, Nature Trail Hikes, Exhibit Programs, Creek Studies, and other themed programs.h.Prepare and facilitate on-site programs-including penguin programs.i.Prepare and facilitate programs during scout events.j.Prepare and facilitate Zoo Reach Programs-including penguin programs.k.Prepare and facilitate Explore and Snore Program.l.Prepare and facilitate Zoo Camp.n.Prepare and facilitate Birthday parties-including penguin parties.o.Assist with preparing and facilitating educational Community programs.p.Organize materials, keep workspace, classrooms, etc clean, neat and organized.q.Directly communicate with the Director of Conservation Education in terms of education programs, program animals and other related matters. r.General maintenance as needed.s.Perform other related work as required.PRIMARY DUTIES: a.Assist in developing and implementing Explore and Snore Programs.b.Assist in developing and implementing Zoo Camps.c.Assist in developing and implementing Scout programs.d.Assist in developing and implementing on-site programs.e.Assist in developing and implementing docent program.f.Assist in developing and implementing teacher workshops.EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTSBachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental science or related field. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSTwo or more years experience working in an education department at a zoo, museum or other informal learning center. Animal handling and training skills are desirable. Knowledge of the principles and practices of educational program development. Knowledge of learning theories, interpretive techniques, and teaching methods. Skill in teaching all age levels on a variety of topics. Effective presentation skills. Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to work as a team or independently. Ability to coordinate a variety of work activities and to ensure the timely completion of assignments. Highly motivated and organized with attention to detail. Knowledge and skill in caring for handling, and training animals. Ability to use computers and computer technology.GENERAL REQUIREMENTS•Ability to receive instruction and carry them out with relative independence. •Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Ability to communicate technical information to a variety of audiences. •Must have skill to foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to the work. •Ability to see, hear and communicate clearly. •Must possess valid driver’s license. •No allergies to plants and animals which may interfere with the ability to work. •Ability and willingness to remain on feet or sit for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend, and move/lift 60lbs. •Ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions. •Ability and willingness to work flexible schedule, which may include weekends, holidays, evenings, overnight and after hours assignments. •Satisfactory results required on criminal record check and child abuse history clearance, federal background check. Individuals will be responsible for and need to provide these clearances before being hired.•Ability and willingness to work overtime required as a result of short deadlines. Send Resume and Cover Letter to speters@lvzoo.org or Fax to 610-799-4170