Education Advisors and Specialists are passionate about saving species through community engagement and education. Through collaboration with AZA Animal Programs, which include Taxon Advisory Groups, Species Survival Plan® Programs, Scientific Advisory Groups, and SAFE, Education Advisors can have a profound impact on species conservation around the world and across AZA institutions. While AZA Animal and Conservation Program leaders are committed to and supportive of education, Education Advisors bring professional expertise to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of both project-based and ongoing education initiatives.
There are two opportunities for individuals interested in working with AZA Animal and Conservation Program leaders to advance species conservation through public engagement – becoming an Education Advisor or project-based Education Specialist.
Education Specialists contribute to the goals of AZA Animal and Conservation Programs by helping to develop educational materials and projects. Becoming an Education Specialist is a great way to network and develop skills while contributing to the conservation of species. Education Specialists within a program work collaboratively with each other and are supported by the program’s Education Advisor. Key responsibilities include:
Education Advisors are professional educators that work alongside Animal and Conservation Program leaders to advance the conservation and understanding of species by providing direction to and coordination of the project-based Education Specialists. Key responsibilities of a program’s Education Advisor include:
After teams collaborate to set education and community engagement goals and SMART objectives and outcomes, operational strategies are identified to meet those goals at the regional, national, and international levels. Examples of team projects include:
Animal Program Leaders:
All applications for Education Specialists will be reviewed by the CEC Education Advisors to Animal and Conservation Programs Initiative. The CEC maintains a database of Education Advisors and works with Education Advisors to ensure that they are supported and effective in their roles. Program leaders or current Education Advisors and Specialists who receive expressions of interest directly or would like to recommend an individual to support their program should direct these inquiries to the CEC.
The Selection Process:
Upon receipt of an application for Education Advisor, the Conservation Education Committee will review the application for completeness and qualifications. If qualified, the application will be forwarded to the program leader with the CEC’s recommendation.
Please contact the Conservation Education Committee’s Education Advisors to Animal and Conservation Programs Initiative directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.