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Senior Education Coordinator

Education - FPZ – Boston, Massachusetts
Department Education - FPZ
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Essential Job Functions

The Senior Education Program Coordinator (SEPC) will assume primary responsibility for the development and administration of summer camp, citizen science and STEM programming at Franklin Park Zoo. Summer Camp responsibilities will include acting as Camp Director, teaching, updating the curriculum in response to camper/counselor feedback, supervising summer camp staff, and coordinating behind-the-scenes tours, keeper talks, and live animal presentations. As a member of the ZNE Education staff, the SEPC will be required to conduct on-site and outreach education programs as needed including citizen science and STEM programs. In addition, the SEPC will be a key participant in zoo-wide special events. The SEPC will be expected to conduct, on average, 1 overnight program per month. Specific responsibilities include:

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Developing and teaching education programs.
  • Conducting day and nighttime education programs at the Zoos, local schools, and community centers.
  • Conducting regular school-based after-school programs in and around Greater Boston.
  • Assisting with the administration of Summer Camp, including curriculum, instruction and evaluation.
  • Acting as Camp Director for the summer ZooCamp.
  • Hiring and supervising of summer camp staff, including training and evaluation.
  • Designing and conducting citizen science projects involving the public, school groups, and campers.
  • Building relationships with school districts, scouts, Zoo members, and other area cultural institutions.
  • Regularly scheduled hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday during the school year. However, work on evenings and weekends will be required. Work will be based out of Franklin Park Zoo, but the Senior Education Program Coordinator will travel to Stone Zoo for monthly meetings and whenever necessary.
  • All other duties assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 2 – 3 years’ experience as an informal science/environmental educator.
  • Previous summer camp experience.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and in writing).
  • Outstanding customer service skills; able to represent Zoo New England at all levels with professionalism and pride.
  • Ability to address student groups of all ages and aptitudes.
  • Flexible team player; ability to work well with Zoo New England staff, project partners, and program participants.
  • Knowledge of current teaching trends in the environmental education field.
  • Experience with curriculum development, program implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to multi-task as part of a fast-paced team.
  • Appreciation of ZNE’s mission and goals.
  • Valid driver’s license and a driver in good standing; regular use of vehicle for travel to off-site programs.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and walk over uneven terrain and in all weather.
  • Certification in CPR/AED and First Aid, proof of negative TB; institutional first responder.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Previous experience as a summer camp director or assistant director.
  • Bi-lingual.
  • Previous experience handling and presenting live animals.
  • Previous experience working with inner city youth.

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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Education - FPZ
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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