Purpose of Position:
The Wildlife Education Coordinator (WEC) will assist the Science & Education Director with development of all aspects of NMWC’s wildlife education programs and will be the primary program presenter. The WEC will support the Education Animal Curator in animal care and training of NMWC’s 35 Ambassador Animals and will supervise volunteers in animal care and in program presentation. This is a new position at NMWC, starting in August 2017.
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 keep 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.
• Support Education Animal Curator (EAC) in caring for all Animal Ambassadors as needed, including on EAC’s days off. Assist with their training. Safely handle animals in accordance with all NMWC policies and procedures.
• 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.
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental education, or a related field.
• Enthusiastic personality with a positive outlook and a can-do attitude.
• 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.
Successful experience working with volunteers is preferred, as is experience with program evaluation techniques.
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 organizing events is a plus, as is the ability to speak Spanish.
How to Apply: Send resume, cover letter and three references to Dr. Christy Wall, Science & Education Director, Christy@newmexicowildlifecenter.org. Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by June 15, 2017. Please note: Start date will be mid- to late August 2017.