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Education Outreach Specialist- Service Learning

January 31, 2011 - February 14, 2011
Location:Denver, CO
Salary Range:$29,000 - $32,000 DOE
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Education & Volunteer Services
Description:Summary:
This position is responsible for the presentation of Outreach programming, including school programs, community programs and festivals, special events, and other miscellaneous programs. The position entails additional responsibilities related to the successful functioning of Outreach programming.

Essential Functions:
• Present exceptional, engaging, and dynamic programs featuring live animals to audiences in Colorado and neighboring states. Long distance trips require overnight stays.
• In conjunction with team members, develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate all aspects of Education Outreach programs, including classes, assemblies, after-school programs, environmental service-learning, adult and senior programs, booth and community programs custom and new programs.
• Oversee the daily operation of Outreach Service Learning Program (called CLP). This includes program delivery, training staff, scheduling programs, working with volunteers, working with partners, and record keeping.
• Create evaluation documents analyzing incoming feedback, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Be prepared to present findings for purposes of grant applications, grant reports and end of the year annual reports.
• Communicate any significant findings to OR staff at general outreach meetings
• Work collaboratively with the Outreach Manager, Outreach Coordinator and other Education staff regarding program goals, objectives and development.
• Assist in the development of marketing strategies & materials for Outreach programming.
• Provide logistical support (including scheduling) to the program as needed.
• Maintain records related to Outreach programming.
• Assist in the development & evaluation of instructional materials as curriculum support.
• Handle Education Department animals and fulfill all training requirements as required.
• Assist in the care and husbandry of Education Department animals as needed.
• Assist with animal training, including desensitizing, conditioning, and maintaining the health and well-being of a diverse collection of program animals.
• Drive Denver Zoo vehicles.

Additional Responsibilities:
• Maintain excellent communications with Outreach Manager, Outreach Coordinator, Outreach support staff, Education Animal Staff, volunteers & interns involved in programming and other zoo staff.
• Represent the Denver Zoo to the community in a professional and positive manner.
• Make media appearances as requested.
• Submit timely reports to supervisor.
• Support a variety of Education programs as needed, including, but not limited to, teacher workshops, volunteer training and on-site zoo programs.
• Record keeping associated with various of the above tasks and responsibilities

Qualifications:
• Four-year degree in biology, zoology, environmental/science education or a related field.
• Two or more years of directly related experience in the development/implementation of environmental education programs.
• Two or more years of experience in the animal handling, care, and training of exotic animals.
• The ability to work a flexible schedule, including evening, holiday, and weekend hours is required.
• Enjoy working with children and the community.
• Excellent oral presentation, communication, organization, writing and word processing skills.
• Ability to adapt to a changing work environment.
• Ability to function well individually and as a team member.
• Strong diplomatic and customer service skills.
• Strong interest in wildlife conservation.
• Valid Colorado Driver’s License (or ability to obtain one), a clear driving record, and clear background check.
• General office and computer skills.
• Experience working with diverse audiences, including young children through senior adults.
• Ability to work dexterously with hands and arms and lift up to 50 lbs.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

Work Environment
This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, members and the general public. The employee works in a busy environment with multiple simultaneous tasks.

Please note-this position is grant funded through December 31, 2011 and will be re-evaluated annually for possible renewal.

Closing Date: February 14, 2011

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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