Community Outreach Program Instructor

Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, community & future. We look forward to having you join the team!The Education Department is looking for an individual to join our team as Community Outreach Program Instructor. The ideal candidate will possess and demonstrate the following attributes: strong organizational, interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills; be a self-starter with excellent project management skills; demonstrated initiative and a strong conservation ethic; appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with Zoo staff members, donors, guests and the public.Position Summary: This is a full-time position, funded through the Frisch’s Outreach Program. Reporting to the School Programs Manager, the incumbent promotes the mission of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden through the design, implementation, evaluation and delivery of community outreach programs including, Frisch’s School Outreach and Wildlife Comes to You; Also assists with school and community events as needed. This position is full-time, overtime-exempt, and subject to the successful completion of a 180-day probationary period. This position is eligible for the Zoo’s benefit programs for non-union employees. Representative responsibilities/duties for include, but are not limited to: - Co-create, review and/or revise interpretive programs and support materials for the above-mentioned programs, incorporating the best practices of interpretive and environmental education methods- Implementation and evaluation of the above mentioned programs, including evening and weekend efforts- Demonstrate high proficiency in using age-appropriate inquiry and participatory techniques to guide learners through discovery, while meeting state standards and program objectives- Assist in the marketing for above-mentioned programs- Present live animal demonstrations to the public, employing the highest care and presentations standards as defined in the CZBG animal handling guidelines- Implement strategies designed to accomplish yearly budgetary and strategic goals- Assist School Programs Manager, as neededSchedule Requirements: While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is required to work a flexible schedule. During the months local schools are in session (late August to early June) hours will fall between the hours of 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Flexibility to cover early morning programs and late in the day programs is important; an eight hour day is expected. During the summer hours, Outreach Instructors will develop, review and revise curriculum based on changing state standards. Instructors will assist in other education department programming as needed. These hours will fall in majority between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. Each instructor will work a flexible schedule to assure maximum shift coverage. Frisch’s outreach instructors will maximize their schedules by covering on-grounds animal appearance needs, off-site requests. Schedules will be agreed upon in advance and all vacation requests will need to be approved in advance by the School Programs Manager. Working Conditions: Employment is contingent upon passing a drug & nicotine screen and satisfactory background investigation. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, drive a car and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard and other office equipment. The incumbent must use live animals (from many taxa) in programs. Incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds without assistance. The ability to work a flexible schedule (including weekends and evenings) is required.Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Education or one of the Biological Sciences; advanced degree preferred; Experience leading environmental education or interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences; Experience with curriculum development; Ability to use live animals (from many taxa) in programs; Requires a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record.The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities: strong organizational, interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills; Be a self-starter with excellent project management skills; Have appropriate professional appearance, attitude and personality to work effectively with Zoo staff members, donors, guests and the public; Have the ability to manage multiple and complex responsibilities at the same time; Be timely and reliable in attendance and performance; and have a demonstrated affinity for the Mission of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.Zoo Benefits: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate.Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer