The Buttonwood Park Zoo is at a pivotal time in its 100+ year history. As the 12th oldest Zoo in the country the Zoo enjoys a deep connection with the community and a long history of creating family memories that transcend generations. In August 2016, a 15-year master plan to completely redevelop the Zoo was unveiled and a $25 million dollar capital campaign was launched. The Education Specialist would be joining the Zoological Society at a time of great growth and opportunity and will serve as a key member of the team.
The full-time Education Programs Supervisor assists in the development and delivery of education programs that support the Zoo’s commitment to wildlife and habitat conservation.
– Coordinates and/or assists in all aspects of development, implementation, management, oversight, marketing and evaluation of many of the Zoo’s education programs (ZooCrew, Overnights, Early Childhood Programming).
– Supervision and leadership of part-time educators including hiring, training, management and evaluation.
– Assists in the training and support of Zoo docents, interns and other volunteers.
– Present programs for groups that include, but are not limited to: Zoo visitors, school groups, scout groups, camps, Zoo members, teachers, special interest groups (seniors, daycare, special needs groups, etc.) on or off Zoo grounds.
– Daily maintenance, training, encounters, and enrichment for the Animal Ambassador program.
– Assists in developing support materials (pre- and post-visit) for programs that will aid teachers in utilizing the Zoo and meet the Massachusetts frameworks for appropriate grade levels.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
– Knowledge about wildlife, ecology and conservation issues. Must be comfortable working in close proximity to wild and domestic animals in a zoo setting.
– Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be computer literate (MS Word and databases).
– Ability to work closely with the public and communicate with all age groups, and deal with public in a courteous and respectful manner, regardless of the situation.
– May be called upon to travel to present programs.
– Must be available to work flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, evenings and some overnights.
– Must be familiar with basic audio-visual equipment.
– Ability to work collaboratively with faculty in various disciplines.
Please note that other appropriate, professional tasks and responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the Curator of Education.
– Previous teaching experience in an informal setting (i.e. zoo, museum, nature center, etc)
– Experience developing curriculum
– At least 1 year management experience
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit as electronic files, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Buttonwood Park Zoo, Attn: Carrie Hawthorne, 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740.