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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

AmeriCorps Program Manager– “Cincinnati Zoo Unto Others” Service Program

AmeriCorps Program Manager – “Cincinnati Zoo Unto Others” Service Program  

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) and AmeriCorps have partnered together with two goals in mind!  We are bringing fun, science- based educational opportunities to students in Cincinnati who need it the most.    Together, CZBG and AmeriCorps provides quality STEM education to economically disadvantaged Prek-12 students.  AmeriCorps Members work directly with teachers and students to improve science literacy and academic engagement in the science process.

We are also challenging our community to step up and do more to conserve resources and wildlife! AmeriCorps Members engage community members by sharing sustainable habits, encourage behavior change, and provide hands-on learning opportunities. Our goal is to lead by example and spark environmentally conscious practices in our community.

Annual outcomes of this partnership will be:

1) Bring 11,000 economically disadvantaged students to the Zoo and increase the science literacy and academic engagement of 1,690 of these students

2) Engage 30 teachers in inquiry-based professional development

3) Provide STEM extracurricular programs to 5 children in need throughout the entire school year and summer

4) Increase the conservation knowledge and intent to change behavior

5) Leverage an additional 480 adult and teen volunteers who will address blight through the creation of healthy green spaces for people and wildlife. 

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, and a Top Workplace in Cincinnati? 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, our community & our future.

This is what we believe and how we act.  If this gets you fired up, we look forward to having you join our team!

Position Summary: This position promotes the mission of the CZBG and AmeriCorps through the management of the Zoo’s AmeriCorps Service Program- “Cincinnati Zoo Unto Others.” Reporting to the Director of Education, this position is responsible for member recruitment, placement, training and evaluation, in addition to working directly with Zoo staff supervising AmeriCorps Members serving throughout the Zoo and the Cincinnati community.  This position is funded through a state grant and is renewable every 3 years.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, training, inspiring, supervising, scheduling and evaluating AmeriCorps Members
  • Ensuring all members (and staff supervising members) adhere to the measures, outputs and outcomes as outlined in the Zoo’s AmeriCorps Program design
  • Creating and generating regular service reports required by the AmeriCorps grantor
  • Effectively communicates the ServeOhio/Zoo partnership with stakeholders and community at large
  • Design and implement accurate data collection methods and report on findings regularly
  • Annual process of re-competing for program funding
  • Leading by example and enabling every member of the team to act
  • Effectively managing the program budget
  • Strategically aligning the team with program initiatives
  • Works regularly with the animal collection in order to maintain the highest level of proficiency; maintains their status as an animal handling trainer, in order to offer high quality, innovative and fun programming that considers the needs of our guests, animal ambassadors and takes full advantage of our animal resources

Qualifications / Desired Skills & Abilities: An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job successfully will be considered. 

  • Bachelors Degree in related field
  • Experience leading a team/program required
  • Experience managing budgets / administering grant funds highly desirable
  • Experience which demonstrates a passion for community service, a strong conservation ethic and enthusiasm for wildlife
  • Command of Windows-based software and applications is required
  • Comfort with in-person and video-conferencing communications/program delivery in both the management of service members and delivery of programs. 

The successful candidate will possess and demonstrate the following attributes:

  • A positive attitude is a must!
  • Willingness to learn & grow as a leader
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication (both oral and written) skills
  • Attention to detail along with strong planning skills, including ability to manage multiple and complex responsibilities at the same time
  • Must be timely and reliable in attendance and performance
  • Ability to work well with AmeriCorps Members, community members, staff, volunteers, Zoo donors and prospects, as well as the general public

Working Conditions/Other Requirements:  Employment is contingent upon passing a drug & nicotine screen and satisfactory background check. While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and have the manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard. The incumbent will be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 25 pounds without assistance, must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle, must have reliable transportation, must be able to work a schedule that may include evenings, weekends and holidays.

Compensation and Zoo Benefits:  This position is funded through a state grant and is renewable every 3 years.  This position is full-time, salaried-exempt.   

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage effective the first of the month following date of hire; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off; company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.

To apply for this position:  applicants must apply via our online application on our website at  Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.                                                          

Deadline to apply is June 25, 2021

We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society. With a strongly held value for an organizational culture characterized by inclusion and belonging, we are committed to equity in all we do. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our organization’s diversity and who want to walk alongside us in our commitment to inclusion and equity.

The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is committed to inspiring visitors to care about wildlife and wild places.  It was voted the #1 Best Zoo in a USA TODAY reader poll and has also received rave reviews from Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, USA Today and TripAdvisor.  Over 1.8 million people visit the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, and more than 500 animal and 3000 plant species annually.

The Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of  Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for almost 30 years, is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide. Known as the #GreenestZooInAmerica, the Zoo is doing its part to conserve natural resources that are critical to saving wildlife and its habitats and is committed to greening its daily operations and reducing its impact on the environment with rain gardens, recycled building materials, solar panels and more. The Cincinnati Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, genetic information, military or veteran status, and/or any other characteristic or protected status. We are a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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How to Apply

To apply for this position:  applicants must apply via our online application on our website at  Cover letter and resume should be attached to your online application.                                            

Deadline to apply is June 25, 2021

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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