Education Curator

Job
Organization: 

Address:

Salina, KS
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Build connections between humans and the natural world by joining the Rolling Hills Zoo leadership team as our Education Curator!  RHZ is looking for an individual with a passion for inspiring people on behalf of wildlife to oversee and advance Zoo educational opportunities and initiatives.

Job Title:                    Curator of Education
Department:              Education
Reports to:                Executive Director
Effective Date:           June 1, 2022
Job Summary:           To develop and coordinate the delivery of education programming at Rolling Hills Zoo and at offsite locations.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Part of RHZ leadership team
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Zoo’s mission statement and core values.
  • Performs duties in a service-oriented manner.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a healthy work environment.
  • Recognizes the needs of others and treats others with respect and dignity.
  • Maintains good work habits and adheres to all policies and procedures. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of all educational programs, on and off site, for all ages.
  • Schedule and communicate with groups on field trip and education programing
  • Supervises program leaders and education volunteers in their duties.
  • Create and implement zoo experiences program for guests and groups.
  • Will routinely deliver education programs to a wide variety of audiences in different venues both on-site and off-site. 
  • Responsible to uphold the mission and goals of RHZ in all educational programs.
  • Trains and supervises Zoo Teens for education programming. 
  • Will network with other educators, locally and nationally, to continue to enhance and improve the quality of programming offered.
  • Will work with the Smoky Hill Service Center and other Kansas educational service centers in order to provide teacher training opportunities.
  • Will review and make recommendations to improve the Education Strategic Plan annually. 
  • Working with the General Curator, will comply with all Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) guidelines and safety recommendations in the use of education program animals.
  • Responsible for contributing articles for the publication of “Animal Tales” newsletter.
  • Will manage the development and editing of animal fact sheets.
  • Will work with administrative staff to maintain and update website.
  • Will attend meetings and conferences pertinent to zoo education and wildlife/conservation education.
  • Will work with other departments to organize special events held at the Zoo and/or Museum.
  • Other duties of a similar nature as otherwise assigned.

 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field required.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in wildlife education or similar venue.
  • Strong computer skills with experience in MS Office.
  • Strong people and communication skills.
  • Must have strong knowledge of developmental stages in children.
  • Able to develop and implement curriculum appropriate to a variety of age groups.

 

Desired Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • NAI certified
  • 1 + years working with children in camp setting
  • Bilingual

 

PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Position requires the ability to move about easily among various venues, both in and out of doors. Occasional lifting 40 to 50 pounds is required.
  • Position requires ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Position requires no impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Position requires a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Position requires animal contact.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • The ability to safely handle small power tools

 

 

How to Apply:

Apply by submitting your resume and coverletter to info@rollinghillszoo.org