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Henry Vilas Zoo - Friends of the Zoo

Conservation Education Manager

This position reports directly to the Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo Director of Operations, and works in tandem with the Zoo's Education Curator. This limited-term position (with possibility of extension) coordinates, evaluates, and partners with zoo staff, zoo society staff and volunteer docents to expand and diversify the Education Department program offerings to inspire visitors to learn about and connect with animals and conserve natural resources. This expansion will directly relate to:

  • Enhance and expand our summer Zoo Camp to provide more robust and immersive offerings for school-aged children.
  • Enhance and expand the zoo's overnight program.
  • Expand and further develop the Preschool Pride program.
  • Increase both enrollment in programming and Education Department revenue in relation to camp and overnight program.

The successful candidate helps enhance current curriculum for adult and children's conservation education programs, specifically camp, preschool pride, and overnight program. Other duties will include researching and implementing 'best practices' for community-based conservation education programs that reach over 30,000 participants annually. Under the direction of the Operations Director this position works cooperatively with zoo staff, zoo society staff, and volunteers to lead and facilitate educational programming.



Experience Required

Three years of paid experience and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological science, conservation education, or related field, including one year of supervisory or lead worker experience directly related to the operation of a conservation education program at an AZA-accredited institution is preferred. Other combinations of education, training, and/or experience that provide an equivalent background may also be considered.

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Salary plus benefits

How to Apply

For a complete job description, visit Applications due by 5pm CST on Monday, February 20th, 2017. Electronic applications are preferred.

Henry Vilas Zoo - Friends of the Zoo
Madison, WI

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