The Zoo Education Interns will assist other Education staff in facilitating classwork for Zoo School students, in one of two classrooms at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Interns must know of, or have the ability to learn, current computer programs, including Zoom, Seesaw, and Flipgrid. They must have an appreciation for science education and a commitment to conservation and working with children and animals. They should be prepared encourage children to make discoveries for themselves. This is a great experience for anyone wanting to go into elementary or middle school education, science education or science-related fields, or environmental education. A passion for working with children is essential, and an interest in animals is important.
Equity, Definition and Examples of Duties
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND INCLUSION
As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Help to implement the Zoo’s educational programming and helping to design new activities; Facilitate scientific investigations and engineering challenges with the students; Establish norms for scientific investigations and discussions; Use specific questioning skills to push students' critical thinking; Facilitate team-building and empathy-building exercises
Requires training and/or experience equivalent to one semester of college.
Previous experience working with kids, especially in a class room or camp setting a plus.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORK REQUIREMENTS:
Strength to perform average lifting of less than 5 pounds and occasionally over 15 pounds. Body agility and equilibrium for activities including touring and games. Ability to walk 1 or more miles per day. Ability to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, crouch and crawl. Ability to work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Ability to use finger, wrist and hand motions. Ability to see and hear within normal ranges with or without adaptive devices. Ability to speak and be heard.
Must have CPR and First Aid training or be willing to get it before the position starts.
Background Check Statement: Somepositions may require a criminal background check. Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history. Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to uphold the Zoo’s Behavior Policy. Ability to learn and support the vision of the Education Department and the Henry Vilas Zoo. Ability to assist students with online schoolwork. Ability to lead engaging and inquiry-based activities; Demonstrated respect for all animal species. Demonstrated attendance punctuality and reliability. Ability to work with all ages, but especially with children between 6 and 10 years of age.
Knowledge of relevant safety precautions and practices. Ability to organize and perform necessary duties in the most efficient, effective, and safe manner. Ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with others. Demonstrated reasoning skills and the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and/or diagrammatic form. Ability to effectively relate with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public.
Apply through the Dane County Job Board