Education Specialist

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 11:30pm

Address:

Topeka, KS
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Responsible for education programming, including the development of the live animal programs, as well as conducting and evaluating them. These programs include on- and off-grounds classes, spring break, summer, teen, and winter camps, and citizen science activities. Class audiences include the general public, school groups, libraries, senior living centers, preschools/daycares, businesses, scout groups, groups with special needs, homeschool groups, and others.

Job Classification: Full-time, permanent, 40 hours per week
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00; flexible some weeks due to night and weekend programs as needed.
Reporting Relationship: Education Program Manager; Director of Conservation and Education

Primary Accountabilities:

Responsible for education programming, including the development of the live animal programs, as well as conducting and evaluating them. These programs include on- and off-grounds classes, spring break, summer, teen, and winter camps, and citizen science activities. Class audiences include the general public, school groups, libraries, senior living centers, preschools/daycares, businesses, scout groups, groups with special needs, homeschool groups, and others. This position will also manage the zoo’s Middle School environmental “EcoClub,” which meets twice per month, as well as the zoo’s regular monthly classes such as our homeschool class, evening class, library class, preschool class, and more. Other duties include planning camp activities, designing activities for off-grounds student trips for teen camp and EcoClub, and the potential for international travel with teens every two years.

Major Duties:

  • Provide excellent customer service to all guests at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center.
  • Plan and develop education programming to provide rewarding educational experiences.
  • Serve as an instructor, providing outreach, public programming, school programming, and other education programs.
  • Facilitate programs for summer camps (including teen camps), winter camps, spring break camps, EcoClub, and other activities.
  • Exhibit proper handling and transportation of live program animals, including a variety of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates.
  • Communicate well with direct supervisors and co-workers as well as guests/public.
  • Be proficient with the use of Microsoft programs and other computer data programs.
  • Able to run errands, complete projects, and other duties as assigned.
  • Able to work and complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Punctuality and availability for scheduled work is expected.
  • Will be expected to work some evening or weekend hours for special events. Schedule will adjust in these weeks to remain within 40 hours.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; Preference is given to those with a degree relating to Biology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, or Education.
  • At least one year experience in a formal or informal education position is required.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record.
  • Must be CPR certified or willing to complete this upon hire.

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience with public speaking.
  • Experience working with wildlife education, classroom programming, or environmental education. 
  • Experience with youth camps.
  • Experience with computer programs.
  • Experience with customer service.

Skills:

  • Must have strong leadership skills.
  • Must have strong attention-to-detail skills and ability to adapt quickly and efficiently.
  • Must enjoy working with people of all ages, including camp students from ages 6-18
  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively unsupervised.
  • Must be able to work well both in a team and individually.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to provide great customer service.
  • Ability to setup and tear down props and other exhibit material to support instruction.

Mental Requirements:

  • Ability to read and follow written instruction.
  • Ability to follow verbal instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to use good judgment.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Must be self-motivated.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Ability to develop programs in line with the zoo's mission and value statements.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to exert physical effort in performing tasks.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Strong physical condition.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Ability to speak clearly and loudly.

Salary:

$15/hour

Position includes full benefits, paid holidays, paid time off, 401k retirement plan (employer-matched), and zoo discounts.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter hiring@topekazoo.org. Please put “Education Specialist Application” as the subject of your email. Cover letters can be addressed to Mrs. Rachael Rost and Mr. Dennis Dinwiddie. For questions, contact 785-368-9137.

Interview will include a request for a presentation on a selected topic. You will be given time to prepare. 

Deadline to apply: July 11, 2021; Anticipated start date in August 2021