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Hutchinson Zoo

Education Programs Coordinator

Located in Historic Carey Park, the Hutchinson Zoo has been inspiring families for nearly 40 years. The Zoo's collection ranges from North American prairie wildlife to exotic herps to domestic mini-breed animals. The Hutchinson Zoo's wildlife rehabilitation center is the cornerstone of our conservation efforts, working year-round to care for and release injured and orphaned local species. We are a small, municipal Zoo that is celebrating 25 years as an accredited member of the AZA. The Hutchinson Friends of the Zoo is a very active support organization that furthers the Zoo's mission and growth through financial and volunteer support. Together, our mission is to engage our guests with experiences that inspire them to conserve of the natural world. 

Position Summary:

The Education Programs Coordinator develops, implements and delivers the Hutchinson Zoo's educational programming. Other primary responsibilities include providing daily husbandry and care for the education animal collection, coordinating educational components by assisting with public relations and marketing efforts, and special projects/events. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and coordination/leadership skills.

A Day in the Life:

  • Develop, implement, market, evaluate and revise all educational presentations and programming for schools, organized groups and This includes tours, workshops, camps and other activities utilizing the Zoo's resources to enhance public understanding and appreciation of wildlife and inspire conservation action.
  • Promote all programming through communication with schools, local media and general public; Communicate directly with teachers and community members to schedule programs both on and off-site.
  • Recruit, train and supervise an Education Volunteer Program; track education volunteer schedules and hours. Assist with general volunteer recruitment, hiring, orientation and training. Assist with school and community volunteer group activities.
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports for Education programs and activities. General oversight of education budget and purchasing materials needed for programs.
  • Perform and supervise the husbandry, enrichment, and training of the education animals; In conjunction with the Zoo Director and Curator, develop and revise an education animal collection plan as well as care and handling procedures. Track animal handling usage for programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the business and community representatives to facilitate the dissemination of program information to the general public; Develop and conduct special programs in conjunction with or under the sponsorship of various public and private organizations and individuals.
  • Participate and help coordinate education components of special events when appropriate.

This position works Monday - Friday during Summer Camp season and Tuesday - Saturday the rest of the year. Flexibility with scheduling is possible, some nights and weekends will be required to support programs and special events.

Experience Required

Education: A Bachelor's degree in science education or biology sciences from an accredited university is required. Experience: 1+ years' of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating conservation and environmental programs is required. Prior experience in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers is essential; Prior experience in handling and providing proper husbandry of animals used in programming is required. Certifications/License: Must have or be able to obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within 6 months of employment.

Salary

$16.26 - $24.39 hourly + benefits

How to Apply

Passionate and qualified candidates should apply at: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/hutchgov/jobs/2430868/KS-Kansas/Hutchinson/Education-Volunteer-Coordinator 

Hutchinson Zoo
P.O. Box 2674
HUTCHINSON, KS 67504

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