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Education Programs Supervisor

The Opportunity:
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.

Position Overview:
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.

Responsibilities Include:

– 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.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree
– 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 carrie.hawthorne@newbedford-ma.gov. 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.

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