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The mission of Lindsay Wildlife Experience is connecting people and wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. Located in Walnut Creek, CA, Lindsay’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital is widely recognized as the first rehabilitation center in the United States. Our team of veterinarians, rehabilitation technicians, and volunteers treats nearly 6,000 injured and orphaned wild animals annually. Our environmental education programs and interactive exhibit hall create meaningful opportunities to learn about the natural. More than 50 species of live, non-releasable, native California animals are on exhibit, providing ‘up-close-and-personal’ wildlife encounters. Since its inception in 1955, Lindsay has had a solid foundation of dedicated volunteers. More than 550 volunteers help feed and care for wild animals, teach children and adults about nature, and support Lindsay’s mission.
Overview of the Position:
The Director of Education supports Lindsay’s Education Department through all aspects of education programming for visitors, including an interactive exhibit hall, K-8 school outreach programs, classroom learning opportunities, mission-related events, on-site summer camps, docent/visitor programming and other on-site interpretive education programs. This position is also responsible for managing the education natural science collections (i.e., taxidermy, artifacts, etc.).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Researches, designs, develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates all Lindsay educational programs.
Manages all aspects of education programming for visitors, from inception through completion.
Develops high-quality programs that further Lindsay’s mission and vision to be a leading wildlife education resource and rehabilitation center in California.
Manages all aspects of administrative aspects of Lindsay’s Education Department, including program budgeting and monitoring, program development, scheduling, and staff supervision.
Recommends changes or upgrades to visitor education programs, materials, operations and facility design to maximize educational utilization and visitor experiences.
Supports Education Department’s Volunteer Engagement Coordinator to provide day-to-day scheduling, training and program resources for docents.
Manages all aspects of the Education Department’s non-living resources, including budgeting, collection planning and care, staff and volunteer supervision.
Provides excellent customer service to program participants and Lindsay guests.
Recruits, trains, mentors, and evaluates all full- and part-, seasonal Education staff and short-term contractors.
Works closely with the Marketing and Media Relations Department to develop promotional strategies and collateral materials for programs.
Works with other Lindsay departments on their staff’s interpretive education programming including planning, training, and evaluating.
Collaborates with other Lindsay departments to create educational event programming.
Assists with the development of the Education Department budget. Monitors metrics to ensure that education programs and events meet budget expectations.
Adjusts work schedules as needed to accommodate programming times that are outside typical assigned work schedule.
Stays current with information, trends, research and skills pertaining to education, the environment, California wildlife, and any other field pertinent to this position.
Develops and maintains professional relationships with outside partners, including nonprofits, municipal offices, government agencies, funding organizations, etc.
Directly supervises 6-8 full-time employee and multiple project-specific education contractors. Reports to the Executive Director.
Other duties that advance Lindsay’s Education Department functions, as needed.
Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in environmental education, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, or related field required
Three to five years related experience and/or training
Minimum of two years supervisory experience
Experience in interpretive education, including curriculum development and implementation
Familiarity with a variety of teaching methods and knowledge of age-appropriate cognitive and physical abilities
Proficient in using Apple computers and Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.).
Knowledge of FileMaker Pro database management desirable
Experience working with small invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in public and non-public situations
Research skills are required
Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays
Working knowledge of the natural world
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Ability to work with both adult and teen volunteers
Proficient in public speaking and creative thinking
Capable of self-motivating and working without direct supervision
Background check upon hiring and valid California driver’s license required
Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive salary and benefits (medical/dental/401K) commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt position.
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, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.
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Lindsay Wildlife ExperienceWalnut Creek, CA
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