Internship & Youth Development Coordinator

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:30pm



Apple Valley, MN
United States

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Job Summary
This position will oversee the development and implementation of the MN Zoo’s college internship program and high school youth development activities to support entry-level workforce development in zoo related careers. The incumbent will work with departments across the Zoo to identify appropriate internship opportunities, lead recruitment efforts, and coordinate general intern training and management with department supervisors. This position will act as the liaison between the Zoo and the intern’s educational institution and oversees documentation requirements. The incumbent will support new and ongoing youth workforce development opportunities at the Zoo including teen volunteers and local high school partnerships, and assists with overall volunteer program coordination and training as necessary. This position is also responsible for promoting the importance of conservation and the Minnesota Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field of education, youth development, volunteer management or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum 3 years of experience planning and implementing quality programs for youth, ages 16-24, of diverse backgrounds.
• Experience coordinating the activities of and supervising youth and volunteers of all ages.
• Knowledge of Social and Emotional Learning and leadership development strategies for youth.
• Skills to develop measurable goals and objectives, set priorities, and evaluate progress.
• Knowledge of conservation, wildlife biology, and environmental education, including awareness of, sensitivity towards, and empathy with animals, their needs and their purpose on the earth.
• Superior interpersonal skills with youth, adults and persons with diverse needs and backgrounds is essential.
• Proficiency with communication tools, platforms, and applications preferred by youth ages 16-24.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to prepare and deliver reports for internal and external audiences.
• Excellent teaching and presentation skills, practices and processes sufficient to develop and deliver intern and volunteer training.
• Proficiency in office software including word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation software.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master degree in related field
• Experience managing paid or unpaid internship programs and/or volunteer programs in a nonprofit environment
• Proficiency in or aptitude to acquire proficiency in developing content for and administering web-based content management applications

Physical Requirements
• Ability to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances on uneven terrain.
• Ability to carry and use two-way portable radios to communicate with all zoo staff.
• Ability to sit at a desk and operate a computer for 6-8 hours per day.
• Ability to work in an environment that includes both indoor and outdoor work spaces year round, with moderate noise generated by office and air handling equipment.
• Ability to work indirectly amongst mixed-age crowds and directly with individuals, small and large groups of children, adults, and family groups.
• Flexible availability including weekdays, weekends, and evenings.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license.
• Ability to work independently as well as in teams.

How to Apply:

See full posting and apply by visiting this link: Internship & Youth Development Coordinator-Job #18421