Education Specialist

December 14, 2012 - February 14, 2013
Location:Royal Oak, MI
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Education
Description:The Education Specialist, under general supervision, develops coordinates and implements formal and informal conservation and education programs for zoo guests and patrons, both on the zoo grounds and at off-site locations.
Duties:• Develops, coordinates and implements programs to educate and inform a variety of on-site and off-site audiences regarding conservation and/or humane issues, to convey scientific or natural history information, and to encourage an understanding of the need for compassion and respect for animals, the environment, and people.
• Assists in the coordination and implementation of programs to educate and inform visitors and the general public regarding wildlife, wildlife preservation and concern for the environment.
• Uses a variety of instructional and interpretive methods to create meaningful and memorable educational experiences for audiences of multiple ages and backgrounds on topics including wildlife conservation, companion animal care, wildlife and environmental ethics, and the interdependence of all living things.
• Coordinates educational activities of the Zoological Society and/or the Madeleine Berman Academy for Humane Education including, but not limited to, tours, programs, outreach activities, training, animal identification and interpretation, etc.
• Assists in the operation of interpretive learning centers, interactive areas, and other physical facilities, and in the general operation of the Ford Education Center
• Assists in the training and coordination of activities of staff and volunteer groups engaged in a variety of educational, interpretive, or service-related activities.
• Works as a liaison to coordinate programs between the Zoo and other groups such as schools, scouts, other AZA accredited zoo or aquariums, and other conservation organizations or community partners.
• Researches, Develops, and organizes information to be used in educational and animal programs.
• Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize word processing and spreadsheet software.
• Analyzes statistical data and figures, prepares reports and research information.
• Operates a motor vehicle such as a car or van. May require a State of Michigan chauffer license.
• As assigned, assist with a variety of special events and projects.
• Such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time.
Qualifications:Minimum
• Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science, Education, Zoology, Biology or other closely related field OR completion of a High School Diploma or GED and two years of experience in a large zoological institution.
• Certification as a Michigan Elementary or Secondary Teacher, preferably with one or more Endorsements (Early Childhood Pre k – K, Arts Education, reading specialties, etc.), or equivalent certification from an institution of recognized standing.
• Knowledge of: conservation strategies in captive and field programs; Zoology, biology and general husbandry procedures for a diverse animal collection; AZA programs such as TAXON Advisory Groups and Species Survival Programs.
• Knowledge of audio-visual equipment and the ability to operate a personal computer and utilize word processing and spreadsheet software.
• Skill in organizing and presenting information and facts to educational groups on zoological subjects.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to supervise participants / students effectively in a learning environment; interact with the public, volunteers and professional colleagues in a productive constructive manner.
• Ability to interact effectively with the public, departmental personnel, volunteers and American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) personnel.
• Ability to acquire additional skills and knowledge.
• Requires a valid State of Michigan Driver’s License.



Preferred
• An advance degree in General Science, Education, Zoology, Biology or other closely related field.


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