- Teaching Experience
- Communication Skills
- Experience with Children
JOB TITLE: Conservation Education Fellow
LOCATION: NY Aquarium
JOB TYPE: Temporary
RATE: $15.50 per hour
This position is 26.5 hours per week beginning January 20, 2020 through September 4, 2020 (with a possibility to extend into fall). You must be available for the full 8-month fellowship. You are available to:
Preferred schedule is Sunday-Wednesday, but some flexibility is available for the right candidate
Work 2-3 weekdays plus 1-2 weekend days depending on scheduling
May work Monday-Friday to support camp in summer, depending on availability and interest
Work at least 3 overnight events between February and June
The Conservation Education Fellowship (CEF) program is a unique opportunity for young professionals (currently enrolled in college or recently graduated) to:
Explore the field of education at an informal science institution as part of a team
Develop a learning action plan to support their professional growth as an educator
You will work part-time at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) NY Aquarium as a member of the Education Department team. You will support the WCS NY Aquarium in facilitating educational experiences that inspire a love of wildlife and wild places for school and/or family and children groups. You will acquire skills to welcome diverse learners, interests, and backgrounds and foster student-directed learning while learning pertinent information about wildlife conservation issues with a global impact. You will shadow and teach under the supervision of full-time Conservation Educators, as well as train with the NY Aquarium’s tractable animal collection. After a period of time, you will begin teaching and developing curriculum independently.
You will develop a Learning Action Plan to set and achieve goals with the support of a mentor. You will participate in ongoing professional development workshops to learn about informal education theory and practice by experienced WCS Education department and other WCS department staff. You will leave the program with extensive experience teaching and developing programming for a variety of audiences, with a completed professional teaching portfolio to document your skills.
You will have opportunities to learn and teach programs including school field trips, family and group overnights, summer camps, birthday parties, and general audience programs for children and families.
Exemplary CEFs will be invited to stay for the 2019 fall season during September-December.
WHO WE ARE
The WCS Education Department works across our five wildlife parks: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Our mission is to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates by sparking connection with animals and nature, enhancing scientific literacy through hands-on investigation, and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wild places.
Teach on-site school and family programs as assigned by Education department staff.
Assist with teaching of weekend general audience programs, including birthday parties, toddler programs and overnights.
Assist instructional staff with review and revisions of school and family programs as needed.
Assist instructional staff in the development and creation of materials for school, camp, and general audience programs.
Get trained on and present animals from the Aquarium’s tractable animal collection.
Participate in all staff professional development meetings.
Comply with all policies and procedures as presented by WCS and the NY Aquarium Education Department.
Currently enrolled college student or recent college graduate. An educational focus in ecology, environmental science, biology or education preferred.
Less than 2 years’ experience working with children or in an informal education setting.
Knowledge & Skills
Interested in informal education and working with children and families
Strong verbal communication skills to help interpret science concepts in both an informal classroom setting and at aquarium exhibits
Ability to work within a highly team oriented environment
Reliable, flexible and accountable
WCS is proud to be an equal opportunity employment workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work and learning environment and look for future team members who share that same value.
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