Education Program Coordinator
Reports to: Curator of Education
We are seeking dynamic and passionate conservation educators to join the team as full time Education Program Coordinators. The primary responsibility of this position is to plan, develop, coordinate, and deliver high-quality, mission-driven interpretive programming for the Education Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops and delivers educational programs and offerings including: ZooCamp, special event activities, on-grounds interpretation, school field trips, and STEAM programs
- Support educational group reservations and school visits
- Creates new interpretive content for both virtual, onsite, and offsite offerings
- Operate video equipment and editing software for creation of virtual education content
- Demonstrate and articulate educational and conservation program content and philosophy
- Assists with TLD volunteers, including daily volunteer brief, education sessions, and volunteer training as necessary
- Operates as is back-up staff for daily coverage schedule as necessary
- Instructor for children’s Zoo Camp
- Handle and present with Zoo Ambassador Animals as necessary for programming
- Attend and participate in regular schedule department and all staff meetings
- Able to deal courteously and effectively with the public always, and to represent the institution at the highest standard of professionalism
- Maintain brand standards in all official appearances and education presentations
- Able to establish and maintain effective and professional working relations with co-workers and other department personnel, and to do so in accordance with The Living Desert Team Member Handbook
- Contributes to desert conservation through reduction of waste, water and energy use, and inspiring guests and team members to take conservation actions
- Perform general office duties, reservations, and research as necessary
- Maintain a safe and clean working environment
- Other related responsibilities as necessary to accomplish department objectives
- Broad knowledge of desert natural history and science is highly desired
- Knowledge of STEAM Curriculum
- Informal and formal teaching and interpretive skills
- Strong interpersonal abilities are required
- Animal handling skills are desired
- Software literate in Microsoft, Word, Excel and Volgistics
- Ability to teach children and adults in non-traditional settings is required
- Good observational skills
- Must have strong organizational skills
- Ability to record observations intelligently
- Ability to give and comprehend written and oral instructions, and to accurately carry out such instructions
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
- Must be a motivated self-starter who needs minimal supervision
- Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work with others in a team setting
Qualifications: Prefer BA or BS, but ideally a higher degree in education or a science-related field. California teaching certification is desirable with one year of experience as a teacher or natural history interpreter. Will substitute training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities. Valid California driver license. Must be insurable on The Living Desert's automobile policy. Must be enthusiastic with good communication skills.
Equipment Used: PC computer, general office equipment, telephone, 2-way radio, electric and gas cart, golf vehicles, digital cameras, scanner, audio-visual equipment, camping equipment.
Conditions of Work:
PHYSICAL EFFORT: Sitting, standing, walking, bending, out-of-doors hiking, camping, some lifting to 40 lbs.
DISCOMFORT/RISKS: Occasional exposure to the extremes of the desert environment, i.e. heat and aridity.
HOLIDAY/EVENING WORK: Holiday, evening and weekend work may be required.
TRAVEL: Occasional field trips, workshops, seminars, conferences, & program presentations.
This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.