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Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo

Coordinator, King Conservation Science Scholars

Under a reimagined approach to college prep and career readiness, King Conservation Science Scholars have the unique opportunity to build an experience that best fits their interests. Through interactive workshops and activities that take place both within the greater Chicagoland area and at the Brookfield Zoo, the King Scholars gain invaluable knowledge and training in leadership development, conservation science, community advocacy, and access to exclusive research and scholarship opportunities.

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society (“CZS”) by engaging teens in the Society’s mission both at the zoo and in the communities it serves, including generating consistent, positive exposure for the Society through community relations and outreach, identifying/communicating with/involving community leadership in CZS programs, and representing the institution to diverse constituencies.  The primary goal for this position is to build strong, sustainable relationships with a diverse spectrum of teens, their parents and community stakeholders throughout the Chicagoland area. 

Individual will be expected to be present and visible at Society events in the community, for its employees, and other professional participants and audiences as requested.  Thus, individual must make a significant commitment to the organization.  Some evenings and regular weekend or event work is required along with local travel around the Chicagoland area.  Some other travel may be required. 

Primary duties and responsibilities:

Coordinate seasonal program staff and King Scholars during on-site, virtual and off-site programs. Maintain record database for individual King Scholars and alumni, which includes tracking contact information and activity hours. Assist in creating reports on program metrics for the Manager, King Conservation Science Scholars and the Senior Director, King Conservation Leadership Academy.

Execute the onboarding of new King Scholars on a rolling basis.  Lead programs for the Society’s King Conservation Science Scholars (“KCSS”) programs, and workshops for both in-person and virtual settings aligned with the goals and objectives of the KCSS program as needed.  Responsible for communication between the Society and King Scholars as needed and directed, including, but not limited to, emails, phone calls and weekly newsletter. Assist in the coordination and monitoring of the relationship between King Scholars and their CZS assigned mentors, to ensure completion of interactive portfolio.

Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Education, Biology, Liberal Arts or other relevant field or eight years of relevant experience. The eight years of experience can include two years of relevant experience delivering informal education programs in an urban setting. High school diploma or (GED) equivalent required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal, written, and listening skills. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills. Ability to build relationships, strong rapport and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies and diverse communities. Must possess skill or experience in identifying and organizing resources, establishing priorities, and meeting critical deadlines. Requires a self-motivated, responsible individual who is results-oriented, flexible, persistent, and helpful, with strong follow-up skills who is able to work independently. Must be strategic in his/her orientation, proactive, and demonstrate a caring ethic. Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work within a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities. Cultural competency; experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. English fluency at a professional working level. Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency is a plus. Computer proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel required. Valid driver’s license required. Additional preferred qualifications include: Knowledge of zoo/aquaria and conservation issues and topics desirable. Experience working with underserved communities in the Chicagoland area. Experience with PowerPoint, other office software packages, as well as video conferencing software is preferred.

Further Comments

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Chicago Zoological Society requires current COVID vaccinations or weekly COVID testing if unvaccinated.


commensurate with experience

How to Apply

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 2239BR.

Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 7086888400

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