The Racine Zoological Society, Inc. is a non-profit entity with a mission to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. The Society will provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife and wild places, and the advancement of science.
Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the nation's education, public safety, environment, and/or human needs through service. The main focus areas of AmeriCorps include: getting things done, strengthening communities, encouraging responsibility, and expanding opportunity. Racine Zoo AmeriCorps members contribute to this effort by delivering high-quality conservation education to students in public schools throughout Racine County. Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member's service to the students, including, but not limited to, proper animal handling and husbandry, classroom behavioral management techniques, engaging students with conservation messaging, as well as certification in Project WET and Project WILD curriculums.
It is against the law for organizations that receive federal financial assistance from the Corporation for National Service and Community Service and the State Service Commission to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or, in most programs, religion.
A. Essential Functions
All of the following duties and responsibilities are essential position functions subject to reasonable accommodations. All position requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the duties proficiently. This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor (Curator of Animal Care and Conservation Education and/or AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) in alignment with the grant and not unallowable or prohibited activities and subject to reasonable accommodation.
1. Provide direct services to Racine Zoo AmeriCorps program participants via educational interpretive programming, as well as effective delivery of pre- and post-intervention assessments
2. Assistance in creation and delivery of educational interpretive programming
3. Animal handling and assist in maintenance of trained behaviors
4. Facilitate volunteer recruitment and training
5. Write reflections on service for Zoo and AmeriCorps publications
6. Act as a positive role model to students in the Racine Zoo AmeriCorps program
B. Non-Essential Functions
Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor (Curator of Animal Care and Conservation Education and/or AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) in alignment with the grant and not unallowable or prohibited activities and subject to reasonable accommodation.
C. Position Details
Members will report directly to the Racine Zoo AmeriCorps Program Coordinator and the Curator of Animal Care and Conservation Education. The incumbent is a three quarter-time AmeriCorps position serving 1,200 hours (32 hours per week) over a 10-month term of service (August 23, 2021 through June 3, 2022). Incumbent will work with and serve public school students in Racine County through the preparation, instruction, and evaluation of environmental educational programming. Additionally, incumbent will spend 4-16 hours per week (to be included in the total 32 hours) assisting in the Racine Zoo Animal Care department with animal husbandry, animal training, and any other service activities as requested by their supervisor falling within the scope of allowable activities. Schedules will vary depending on a changeable program schedule, but scheduled hours will typically be 4 days a week and 8 hours a day, typically falling between Monday-Friday. Members will also be required to serve in the Racine Zoo Animal Care Department on either Saturday or Sunday on a rotating basis.
Members are required to serve for the full 1,200 hours service term in order to successfully complete the Racine Zoo AmeriCorps Program and become eligible to receive an education award.
A. AmeriCorps Member Qualifications
Members will have the following qualifications
1. 18 years or older
2. U.S. citizen, or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
3. Have a high school diploma/GED
4. Commitment to community service and ability to provide service for the complete 10 months of service
5. Required to pass a criminal background check
B. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Negative TB test required
2. Current tetanus booster required
3. Ability to independently present educational programming and live animals to program participants in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, classroom, outdoor, virtual, and zoo settings, as determined by the interview and application. Prior educator experience is preferred.
4. Ability to work with a variety of animals, including small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Prior animal handling experience is preferred.
5. Willingness to learn and attend all AmeriCorps and zoo trainings
6. Enjoy serving with children and/or adolescents
7. Ability to follow protocol while serving regularly around live animals
8. Ability to work outdoors, lift heavy objects, and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases
9. Proven ability to interact with other staff, members, guests, and volunteers and to maintain an energetic and positive attitude
10. Ability to maintain professional boundaries with students, peers, and supervisors
11. Requires strong writing, speaking, and organization skills including the ability to multi-task
12. Experience and/or interest in addressing issues within our community
13. Willingness to be an active team member, and ability to serve in a diverse team
14. Good organizational skills and ability to follow through with assigned tasks
15. Flexible and enjoy service to the community
16. Willingness to serve toward a sense of community with team members and the school community