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Education Specialist

Company: Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center
Location: Topeka
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center Education Specialist Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center Mission Statement: The mission of the Topeka Zoo is to enrich the community through wildlife conservation and education. Vision Statement: We believe what we do changes the world. Every choice we make can help save the planet. ***************** Title: Education Specialist Classification: Non benefit eligible, 40 hour per week position Start Date: July 24th, 2019 or later Reports To: Director of Education/Conservation Hours: 40/week. This position is mostly Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, but does include a few evenings and weekends for special events and club meetings. Job Summary Statement: Responsible for education programming, including the scheduling and development of the live animal programs, as well as conducting and evaluating them. These programs include on- and off-grounds classes, spring break, summer, and winter camps, and citizen science activities. Duties and Responsibilities: * 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 a first-line instructor, providing outreach, public programming, school programming, and other education programs. * Facilitate programs for summer camps, winter camps, spring break camps, EcoClub, and other activities. * Exhibit proper handling and transportation of live program animals. * 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. * May be expected to work some evening or weekend hours for special events. * Follow zoo cash handling policy. Education and Special License(s) required: * A Bachelor Degree is required; Preference is given to those with a degree relating to Biology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, or Education. * At least one year experience in a formal or informal education position is preferred. * 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 computer programs. * Experience with customer service. Skills: * Must have strong leadership skills. * 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: * Must be extremely detail-oriented. * Must enjoy working with children ages 3-18. * 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. * Ability to work weekends and evenings to support special events. Salary: $14/hour To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Mr. Dennis Dinwiddie, Director of Education/Conservation, at *********************. For questions, contact ************. Interview will include a request for a presentation on a selected topic. You will be given time to prepare. Deadline to apply: July 8, 2019. How to Apply To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Mr. Dennis Dinwiddie, Director of Education/Conservation, at ********************* Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center Topeka, KS Return to All Job Posts Edit your job posting General Settings * Title (limited to 100 characters) * * Description * * Experience * * Comments * * Salary * * Category Type * * * How should a candidate apply? * Example: the mailing address, email address, fax number or website the applicant should use to apply. * * Job Perks * Company Info * Company Name * * Address * * * * City * * State * * Zip * * Company Phone * * Company Fax * * Company Website * * Company Twitter Username * * Company Facebook Page * * About the Company * * Company Logo/Avatar * [IMAGE]Remove * JPG and GIF only, recommended size of 100x100 pixels. Contact Info Please enter your contact information below. 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