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Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Youth Programs Coordinator

Lindsay Wildlife Experience seeks a self-motivated, flexible, and responsible individual capable of supporting the Wildlife Connections departments efforts to provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for teenagers. The Youth Programs Coordinator oversees all aspects of Lindsay Wildlife Experience's (LWE) youth programs, particularly those focused on ages 13 to 18 years, such as the Outstanding Widlife Leaders (OWL) and Keeper in Training (KIT) Programs. This individual will expand LWE's efforts with this demographic through the following: programs (both long-term and short-term commitments), workshops, youth school partnership programs, tours, outreach events, and the creation of educator resources.
 
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • Work under the supervision of the School Programs Manager to provide high-quality, engaging educational experience for teenage participants.
  • Supervises the activity and development of teen service-learning volunteers enrolled in the OWL and KIT programs.
  • Responsible for overseeing and guiding youth participants on their daily duties.
  • Be the primary animal keeper of a Domestic Rabbit and Guinea Pigs. Youth Program Coordinator will be responsible for their daily care, health checks, diet adjustments, and training.
  • Regular participation in public programming using live animals; including daily outdoor and exhibit hall programming, special events, and outreach.
  • Builds the youth participants capacity to develop and deliver exceptional public programs.
  • Trains youth participants on safe animal handling, transport, and interpretation.
  • Plans and develops a diverse array of both long-term and short-term opportunities for youth engagement and involvement in LWE's programs in education, animal husbandry, and  community outreach.
  • Collaborates with other LWE departments to measure, document, and report on the youth programs. Builds departmental capacity to clarify outcomes and indicators, design and implement evaluation tools, and analyze and respond to findings.
 
ADDITIONAL DUTIES:
 
  • Builds, maintains, and evaluates relationships and collaborations with local schools, school districts, and universities, working collaboratively with these partners to develop, implement, and evaluate programs
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required.
  • Willing and able to support Wildlife Connections Department efforts not specific to this position should the need arise and when appropriate, such as exhibit floor programming, content development, volunteer engagement, classes, and workshops. This is an essential part of the Education Department's culture of support and teamwork.
  • Other duties as assigned. The department director and manager reserves the right to modify duties and responsibilities of the Youth Programs Coordinator as necessary.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  • Undergraduate degree in education, ecology, biology, or relevant field.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for environmental education and youth engagement.
  • Minimum 1 year experience as coordinator or supervisor of youth learning programs, OR 2 years’ experience as an environmental educator or relevant roles.
  • Experience in working with animals in a professional setting.
  • Ability to handle animals and present them during a program (or willingness to learn). Animals includes, but not limited to, raptors, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
  • Familiarity with K-12 learning/teaching strategies, informal education techniques, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a plus.
  • Familiarity with (or willingness to learn) Google Workspace, Volgistics Software, and basic Videography (recording, editing, publishing) is preferred.
  • Demonstrates good judgment, problem solving, and diplomacy at all times. Ability to maintain courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers, parents, and participating youth.
  • A hard worker with a high-energy level; emotionally mature; excellent communication skills with age demographic; able to maintain balance and perspective.
  • Flexibility with regards to schedule, with the understanding that members of the Wildlife Connections department may be required to temporarily adjust their schedule as needed.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.
 
NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.
 
OVERALL WORKING CONDITIONS:
 
  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and infrequent outdoor event and/or outreach sites.
 
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
 
  • Non-exempt full time position, 40-hours a week, $18.50
  • Regular schedule is Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers competitive benefits packaging including paid sick time, vacation, holidays, and 401K eligibility.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, early mornings, holidays, and special events as needed.
 
EEO POLICY STATEMENT

It
is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.
 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, and two references to jobs@lindsaywildlife.org.

Please place “Youth Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Please s
ubmit all materials in PDF format with your first initial and last name in the document name.

Example: JSmith_Resume.pdf

Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Walnut Creek, CA

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