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Wildlife Education Coordinator
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Duties and Responsibilities:
- Present educational programs on- and off-site to school groups throughout the year. Engage volunteers in assisting with education programs, in accordance with NMWC policies.
- Assist with development of wildlife education programs that meet state educational standards and in keeping with NMWC’s mission. Evaluate effectiveness of programs and maintain data on effectiveness.
- Keep careful and accurate records of animal care and training, and program data.
- Participate in and present programs and activities at fundraising and educational events. Lead on-site tours and train volunteers to become tour leaders and program presenters. Assist Science & Education Director with science education programs and summer camps as needed.
- Assist with development of wildlife education program materials, including activities and marketing materials.
- Work with WEC-AS to care for all Animal Ambassadors. Assist with their training. Safely handle animals in accordance with all NMWC policies and procedures. Engage, train and manage volunteers in care of Ambassador Animals.
- Assist and advise the Office Manager with program scheduling and record-keeping.
- Represent NMWC in a professional manner at all times.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A passion for NMWC’s mission, for teaching and learning, and a demonstrated experience in delivering educational programs.
- Experience with and knowledge of the use of operant conditioning with wild animals, and a strong belief in the welfare of captive animals.
- Successful teaching experience (in formal or informal settings). Experience working with school age children.
- Excellent writing and communication skills, including a demonstrated proficiency in and comfort with public speaking and presentations.
- Experience caring for and handling captive wildlife, especially raptors.
- Successful experience working with and managing volunteers.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental education, or a related field.
- Enthusiastic personality with a positive outlook, flexibility, and a can-do attitude are critical.
- Must be able to read, write, and speak clearly in English so that written and verbal instructions can be given and followed.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work successfully with people of varying backgrounds, skill levels, and interests.
- WEC schedule includes working at least one weekend day per week.
- Experience with program evaluation techniques is preferred.
- One or both of the following certifications is desirable – CIG or CIT from National Association of Interpretation, and CPBT-KA (IATCB bird trainers’ certification).
- Successful experience with grant writing or organizing events is a plus, as is the ability to speak Spanish.
How to Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and three references to Christy Wall, Science & Education Director, Christy@newmexicowildlifecenter.org. Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by October 20, 2017.