Wildlife Education Coordinator

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Espanola, NM
United States

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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.