ZOO EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR (PERMANENT PART TIME) - 0318 Salary
$15.98 - $23.97 Hourly
PARKS & RECREATION
3/23/2018 11:59 PM Eastern
- Job Description
Brief Description of the Job: Develop, prepare, and present wildlife education and conservation programs to all age groups both on and off Zoo grounds. Demonstrate/possess comprehensive classroom management skills. Communicate frequently with parents, schools, zoo guests, and volunteers. Present education animals in an informative manner. Participate in animal training in conjunction with the zoo keeper assigned to education animal care. Operant conditioning techniques will be implemented with supportive documentation. Work may include evenings and/or weekend days. Also responsible for learning and operating sophisticated software programs and hardware including distance learning video-conferencing equipment, interactive displays, email, social media, computer communication, and other electronic equipment. Assist in the development and training with instructional manuals for docents, interns and volunteers in the education department. Responsible for scheduling programs, data entry, and correspondence. Assist in the organization of most special events including education special events such as Party for the Planet or Endangered Species Days, and events with school district. May serve as a lead for certain programs and cross-trained in all areas. Programs include, but are not limited to home school, distance learning, family programs, zoo-mobiles, overnights, Nature Play initiative, or birthday parties.
- Job Duties
Teach Classes (40%): Prepare the classroom or vehicle to be used. Move animals to the desired location (either classroom or vehicle). Present animals in an informative way to the students. Present wildlife education and conservation programs to all age groups both on and off Zoo grounds, as well as, comprehensive classroom management skills.
Program Registration & Administrative Support (30%): Register participants for courses/programs through information provided via mail, telephone, or the web. Track participant registration by maintaining and updating program/course spreadsheets. Invoice participants, and track payments. Utilize online surveys for post visit evaluations from participants. Effectively use email, social media, and other computer functions.
Plan & Develop Programs (20%): Research, plan, and develop program options that are currently being implemented in other institutions for application at the Greenville Zoo. Create schedules and topics for each class taught. Plan crafts, scavenger hunts, or other activities for the class or event. Purchase materials needed for the class. Evaluate existing programs and update as necessary to remain valid and effective.
Building Upkeep (5%): Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the zoo education classrooms, offices, and other areas related to maintaining a safe and efficient work environment.
Train Animals (5%): Maintain training logs and training plan for the animals in concert with the Greenville Zoo`s Operant Conditioning Plan while working closely with the education animal care keeper. Work with animals concerning operant condition techniques.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Overall Strength Demands: Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10-25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly.
Physical Demands: Continuously requires reading, handling, fine dexterity, vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing, walking, carrying, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and bending. Occasionally requires sitting, lifting, pushing/pulling, twisting, and climbing. Rarely requires balancing.
Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids: Printers, copier, hand tools, small power tools, and projector.
Computer Equipment and Software: Microsoft Suite, Windows based programs, IPad, audio-visual equipment, interactive equipment, Internet research tools, and search engines.
Overall Working Conditions: Satisfactory: Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
Environmental Factors: Daily exposure to noise and vibration. Seasonal exposure to extreme temperatures, wetness and/or humidity, and respiratory hazards.
Health and Safety: Rare exposure to chemical hazards and communicable diseases.
Primary Work Location: Office and classroom Environment, off-grounds (zoo-mobiles, nature hikes), and Outdoors (Zoo Camp and Classes).
Protective Equipment Required: Mask, goggles, and gloves.
Frequently requires frequent change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment . Occasionally requires time pressures and irregular schedule/overtime. Rarely requires emergency situations.
Formal Education: Bachelor`s degree or equivalent in Biology, Nature Science, or related field is required. Teaching experience is preferred.
Experience: Over one year of experience in working with children is required.
Driver`s License Required: Class D South Carolina license.
Certifications and Other Requirements: None.
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