Education Programs Coordinator

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Scottsdale, AZ
United States

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Job title: Education Programs Coordinator

Department: Education

Reporting to: Director of Education

Rate: $14/hr, full-time

About Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center:

Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned. Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild.  Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild. The Education Department tells the story of the animals brought to our sanctuary and promotes the income streams to support them. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic team member to build our capacity in educating visitors and local residents on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.

Position Summary:

The Education Programs Coordinator will assist with the development and implementation of all educational programming including on-site tours, off-site programs, promotional events, and special events. The Programs Coordinator’s main tasks will be development of programs, scheduling, registration and record keeping, and promotion of programs through marketing (50%). The Programs Coordinator will also assist in managing other income streams such as the gift shop and adoptions (20%). The Programs Coordinator will deliver tours onsite to the general public and school groups incorporating environmental education and interpretive techniques (10%). This delivery will include animal handling and the coordinator may assist in animal care (10%). The Programs Coordinator will handle administration of the volunteer coordination (10%).

This position requires working a flexible schedule which will include nights, weekends and holidays.

The ideal candidate will be both a team player and able to work independently, and always be courteous to guests, volunteers, and coworkers. The candidate must be reliable, flexible, have excellent organizational skills, and able to multi-task on multiple projects with varying timelines. The ideal candidate will be able to create and support a fun, interactive learning environment while insuring the safety of guests and animals.

Main Job Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the development of educational programming for a variety of ages and interest including public tours, community education, school field trips, and summer camp
  • Implementation of programs including scheduling, registration, record keeping and invoices
  • Deliver on-site and off-site programs
  • Handle animals during live presentations and assist in their care
  • Administrative duties of the volunteer program including Volgistics and records
  • Develop and maintain community partnerships
  • Assist in managing gift shop and adoption program including inventory
  • Assist in marketing programs on social media, webpage, and local outlets
  • Handle office tasks such as answering Education phone and email, upkeep of department materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, environmental sciences, education, parks and recreation, or a related field
  • 2  years of experience delivering environmental education and/or interpretive programs
  • 1 year of experience developing environmental education and/or interpretative programs
  • 2 years of program management or program coordination experience
  • 1 year experience working with adult volunteers
  • Must have computer applications experience: social media, MS Office Suite, volunteer management programs, and websites
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:

  • Current or previous Arizona resident
  • Certified Interpreter Guide
  • Animal handling experience
  • Rabies Pre-Exposure Vaccination

Physical requirements:

  • Must be in good health and able to walk on uneven surfaces, climb low fencing, bend, twist, and stretch
  • Must be able to lift/carry/pull 50 lbs
  • Must be able to stand on feet for long periods of time and sit at the desk for long periods
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions including dust, heat, and storms
  • Requires animal contact with wild and domestic animals, animal dander, blood/excrement, and animal hair
  • Employees will encounter pests—bugs, spiders, and rodents

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How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume or CV to:

Nikki Julien, Director of Education


Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is located in far north Scottsdale on dirt roads. It is highly recommended that candidates map our sanctuary location BEFORE applying and to understand the driving distance. Preference will be given to those who have visited the sanctuary and understand the physical conditions of the work environment. Tours are by reservation only. Visit our website for more information about the center: Sanctuary address is 27026 N. 156th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. 

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