Volunteer Coordinator

The Position

The Volunteer Coordinator serves as the point person for all education volunteers. This individual creates and develops K-12 field trips, outreaches, and programs based on NGSS standards and ensures these programs are coordinated, scheduled, and delivered in a high-quality manner by the wildlife educator volunteers. This individual is the point-of-contact for the Education Department’s volunteer recruitment/cultivation efforts, training/enrichment opportunities, and retention/recognition strategies. This is a full-time 40 hour per week position with benefits. The schedule is Sunday – Thursday.

Primary Responsibilities

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruits, trains, supports, and retains qualified Wildlife Educator volunteers in sufficient numbers so that LWE maintains exceptional guest interactions for field trips, exhibit hall interpretation, natural history programs, and community outreach efforts.
  • Supports volunteers and provides clear and consistent information related to LWE’s programs logistics, scheduling, training, and program coverage.
  • Coordinates Wildlife Educators’ participation in events where volunteers are requested or needed, such as community outreach events, field hikes, and other special events.
  • Creates and updates the museum’s K-12 educational offerings ensuring they are up to date with science standards.
  • Works with the Animal Encounters and Natural History departments to ensure all Lindsay school programs have required animal ambassadors and natural sciences specimens needed.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

  • Serve on Wildlife Educator leadership team to discuss and address organization-wide issues and needs related to volunteer recruitment, cultivation, enrichment, retention, and recognition.
  • Develop creative solutions to enhance volunteerism and sustain a volunteer-centric organizational culture; maintain a safe, organized, and professional work environment.
  • Ensure that all program volunteers and staff are current on health and safety and animal and specimen handling training.
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required.
  • Willing and able to support education department efforts not specific to this position should the need arise and when appropriate, such as exhibit floor programming, content development, volunteer engagement, classes, and workshops. This is an essential part of the education department’s culture of support and teamwork.
  • Other duties as assigned. The Director of Education reserves the right to modify duties and responsibilities of the volunteer coordinator.

 

Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with volunteers, preferably in a museum, zoo, or nature center.
  • Strong knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and methods of integrating NGSS concepts into structured science / environmental education curricula.
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and committed to providing exceptional experiences for volunteers and guests.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient in using Apple computers, MS Office, and Google Workspace apps.
  • Working knowledge of the natural world.
  • Ability to handle and present program animals including, but not limited to, raptors, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
  • Display sound judgment, problem-solving, and diplomacy at all times; courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers, and volunteers.
  • Flexibility with regards to schedule, with the understanding that members of the education department will be required to work weekends and nights as needed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.

NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.

OVERALL WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and infrequent outdoor event and/or outreach sites.

Hours, Benefits & Compensation

This is a full-time, non-exempt, hourly position. Lindsay Wildlife benefits include vacation, sick and holiday paid time-off.

EEO POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Lindsay Wildlife Experience requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New employees will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption.

Apply

To apply for this position, please send together in one file your cover letter, resume, and two references to [email protected]. In the title of your email, write “Volunteer Coordinator.” PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.

Position Availability

Open until filled.