Conservation Teaching Fellow

Wildlife Conservation Society - New York, NY3.9

30+ days agoFull-time
Job Description

Grade Level: Hourly
Pay Rate: $ 15.00 per hour
Reports To: Asst. Manager of Education
Date Range: September 4, 2018 – early June, 2019
Schedule: One weekday and one weekend day/week, between 15-20 hours a week.

Overview:
The Prospect Park Zoo Education department’s Teaching Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent college graduates, and adults interested in changing careers to explore science education in theory and practice. Fellows acquire the knowledge and skills needed to lead wildlife and conservation-centered programs in and out of a classroom environment and through Birthday Parties. Programs focus on fostering student-directed and social learning in the sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Leading science-themed birthday parties
  • Prepping and teaching a wide range of programs, including “care-giver and me” programs, school workshops, camps, and special events.
  • Assisting instructional staff in the development and creation of materials for school and general audience programs.
  • Assisting instructional staff with reviews and revisions of school programs as needed.
  • Assist with general office tasks and general upkeep of Discovery Center.
  • Assist with weekend special events as needed.
  • Teach other education programs as needed.
  • Be trained to present animals from the Zoo’s tractable animal collection.
  • Comply with all policies and procedures as presented by WCS.
  • Perform all related tasks and duties, as assigned.
Qualification Requirements

Qualifications:
College student, recent college graduate or adult with a degree and interest in informal
Dependable, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and flexible in the workplace
Able to work independently and as part of a team
Maximum of 3 years experience working with children or in an informal education setting
Prior background in ecology, environmental science or education preferred
Previous experience working with children preferred
Available to work one week day and one weekend day each week (including some holidays)

This position starts in early September and runs through early-June; Fellows must be available to work 1 weekdays and 1 weekend day per week, about 13-15 hours a week. Additional hours may also available.