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Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Coordinator, Middle & High School Programs

This position takes a holistic view of educational programming offerings for middle and high school youth within Conservation Education. This role works closely with the Education Programs Manager in support of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM) mission to educate people about the importance of wildlife and animals and support the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Conservation Education department’s vision to inspire and empower all members of our community to take conservation action.

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as deemed appropriate.
  • Serve as primary educator for and developer of middle and high school programs:
    • Write new and/or improve existing curricula, programs or partnerships, plan and set-up classroom spaces, implement programming and engage with members of the public and staff at participating schools and on Zoo grounds.
    • Communicate with and train other educators or volunteers who assist in teaching, writing or supporting middle and high school level programming, as required.
    • Develop curricula with the whole child in mind—incorporating different strategies and skill sets, such as 21st Century Skills, Social-Emotional Learning, mindfulness techniques, STEAM, and/or project-based learning.
    • Coordinate with partner organizations in the community and on grounds to develop or enhance program offerings.
    • Oversee the ordering, distribution, and upkeep of program supplies/materials and track materials, expenses and other related budget items.
  • Collaborate with coordinators of early childhood and elementary-age programs to ensure consistency and alignment in developmental practices and programming. Teach other ages levels as needed.
  • Plan and implement the High School Assistant program, a volunteer opportunity for high school students that provide support to our Summer Zoo Camps and Classes.
  • In collaboration with the Education Programs Manager, develop and write program proposals that align with the mission and vision of the department. 
  • Gather and track feedback from participant surveys or program assessment tools, coordinate the collection and analysis data as necessary; share and communicate results with Education Programs Manager.
  • Support the Education Programs Manager in relevant grant writing and reporting, as required.
  • Coordinate with community partners, schools, and clients, to ensure success of programming--gathering feedback, attending meetings, and providing clear expectations of responsibilities to others.
  • Employ strong customer service and interpersonal skills to connect and relate with a variety of participants, family members, and volunteers, ranging in age and diversity.
  • Attend staff department meetings and contribute ideas for improvements, changes and new program ideas in relation to the Conservation Education Department and the Zoological Society’s mission.
  • Represent the Society and Education Department on Zoo grounds, community events, and with partner organizations.
  • Facilitate and support positive internal communications and organizational culture.
  • Participate in animal handling training and create and maintain program policies and procedures related to animal care.
  • Work weekends as needed
  • Assist with Conservation Education Department light housekeeping, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.



Experience Required

• Bachelor’s degree in education (formal, informal, environmental, etc.) or related field (e.g., conservation, wildlife biology, zoology, etc.). A focus on secondary education is beneficial. • Minimum one year of experience working in an educational capacity—especially with teen youth—in a school, zoo, aquarium, nature center or similar organization. • Proven experience writing environmental education curriculum. • Proven ability to work independently and in teams. • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities and use time efficiently to meet deadlines. • Demonstration of excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills; Spanish or second language fluency beneficial. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; proficiency in additional collaboration platforms, CRMs (experience with Tessitura a plus), and resource scheduling tools preferred. • Possession of a valid driver’s license, personal vehicle and adequate car insurance with the ability to travel to program sites, meetings and professional opportunities. • Ability to become CPR/1st Aid certified within 6 months of employment; recertification required. • Ability to work flexible hours, including 1-3 weekend days per month.


Commensurate with experience

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Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Zoological Society, 10005 W. Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 414-258-5058 x433

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