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Conservation Education Specialist --part time

Posted: June 1, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Racine Zoo
High School 1 Year

Racine Zoo

Conservation Education Specialist --part time

Education Specialist -  Part-Time

Reports to Conservation Education Manager

About the Racine Zoo

Nestled on the sandy shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is home to some of the world's most remarkable and endangered wildlife. The walk is easy for kids and seniors, making the Racine Zoo a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the family.

About Education Specialists

The Conservation Education Department of the Racine Zoo is dedicated to promoting awareness of conservation issues through engaging, educational, and entertaining zoo experiences. Education Specialists are the bridge between humans and nature. Through empathy-based programs, Education Specialists help connect the animals that call the Racine Zoo home with the guests that visit. From hands-on animal experience to off-campus programs, our Education Specialists fulfill the Racine Zoo’s vision “to provide a sanctuary for positive interaction between people and the natural world”.

Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate educational programs and special events
  • Maintain animal and guest safety at all times, including while in vehicles and traveling off-campus
  • Engage guests through interpretation of exhibits, both on and off campus
  • Present a variety of ambassador animals including invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals to the public for private tours and small group encounters
  • Maintain established behaviors of education animals
  • Represent the Zoo at outreach events within the community
  • Conduct a variety of programs, both on-campus and off-campus
  • Handle biofacts such as furs, skulls, and specimens appropriately
  • Monitors and maintains program materials and props
  • Adhere to all Racine Zoo and department policies and procedures

Experience Required

Required Skills • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, animal science, education, or related field • 1-2 years experience working with children • Ability to work as an individual and as part of a team • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills • Strong observational, oral, and written communication skills • Accurate record-keeping abilities • Ability to multitask • Proven ability to interact with staff, guests, and volunteers • Maintain an energetic and positive attitude Desired Skills • 1+ years experience as an educator in an AZA-accredited facility • Previous animal handling experience • Bilingual/Multilingual • NEI or other interpretation certification Licenses and Certifications • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license or ability to obtain one • Negative TB test • CPR/AED/First Aid Working Conditions • Normal office environment, public contact, outdoor work required • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and overnights • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs • Risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases

How to Apply

How to Apply

Send resumé and cover letter to:

Racine Zoo

Attn: Abigail Flores

Conservation Education Manager

200 Goold St

Racine, WI 53402

Or e-mail with the subject line “Education Specialist – Part Time”.

Applications considered until position is filled.

Racine Zoo
Racine, WI 53402
Phone: 262-636-9189

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