Education Specialist: Kansas

Agency
Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center
Location
Topeka, KS
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$17.50/hour plus benefits
Last Date to Apply
04/09/2023
Website
https://topekazoo.org/career-opportunities/
Description
Primary Accountabilities: Responsible for education programming, including the development of the live animal programs, as well as conducting and evaluating them. These programs include on- and off-grounds classes, an environmental club, and adventure camps. Class audiences include the general public, school groups, libraries, senior living centers, preschools/daycares, businesses, scout groups, groups with special needs, homeschool groups, and others. Major Duties: • Plan and develop education programming to provide rewarding educational experiences, including the zoo’s robust camp programs. • Serve as an instructor, providing outreach, public programming, school programming, and other education programs. • Lead a Middle School environmental club the first and third Tuesday of the month from 5:15-6:45pm from September-April*. • Exhibit proper handling and transportation of live program animals, including a variety of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates. • 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. • Provide excellent customer service to all guests at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center. For more information, please visit https://topekazoo.org/career-opportunities/
Qualifications
Qualifications: • A bachelor’s degree is preferred; Preference is given to those with a degree relating to Biology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, or Education. • At least one year experience in a formal or informal education position is required. • 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 in some capacity (examples: zoo/aquarium chats, school presentations, etc.). • Experience working with wildlife education, classroom programming, or environmental education. • Experience with youth groups. • Experience with computer programs. • Experience with customer service.
Contact Person
Dennis Dinwiddie
Contact Phone
785-368-9134
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