Wildlife Programs Specialist – PT

The Position

The Wildlife Programs Specialist designs and delivers engaging, inspiring,  high-quality educational programs for the Lindsay Wildlife Experience (LWE). The emphasis with this role is leading LWE exhibit hall programs on Saturdays and Sundays, and leading homeschool programs for 1st-3rd grade on Mondays (September-May). The Wildlife Programs Specialist delivers or occasionally assists with outdoor programming, such as seasonal hikes as well as after-school workshops as needed. This is a part-time position working 24 hours a week on Saturday-Monday from September to May, and Friday – Sunday from June to August.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the exhibit hall is well maintained on a daily basis for programs to occur. 
  • Develop and deliver exhibit hall educational programs in a way that is engaging,  informative, safe, and of the highest quality. 
  • Attend off-site outreach programs and events, especially ones requesting live animals,  as needed. These programs may often be prioritized over the delivery of daily exhibit hall programs. 
  • Develop and deliver engaging and high-quality homeschool programs based on Next Generation Science Standards and educational best practices. 
  • Create thorough lesson plans and prepare materials for all classes and workshops. 
  • Provide exemplary customer service to program participants, museum staff, and volunteers.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES: 

  • Communicate effectively and work closely with the Director of Education and the entire  Education Department to create and deliver programs according to the annual calendar: three programming periods per year, plus themed events that require specific programs
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required. 
  • Maintain department supplies and materials; provide material requests as needed. 
  • Encourage cognitive, emotional, and social development
  • Encourage outdoor and hands-on learning experiences
  • 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 Curator of Education reserves the right to modify duties and responsibilities of the Wildlife Programs Specialist as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and application of California State Standards including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Strong knowledge of K-12 learning and teaching strategies, curriculum, and standards and museum education theory and practice.
  • Undergraduate degree in animal science, biology, conservation biology, ecology,  environmental education, or related field. 
  • Excellent public speaking and wildlife program skills for audiences that vary in size, age,  and knowledge. 
  • Previous education experience, especially with children and in the fields of wildlife  biology, environmental science, or related subjects. 
  • Experience in the handling, care, and training of a wide variety of animals including, but  not limited to, raptors, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.  
  • Experience with students with learning differences and ADHD is a plus.
  • Willingness to represent the LWE at off-site outreach programs and similar special events.
  • Creative thinking and research skills to develop inspirational programs that connect people to wildlife. 
  • Ability to display good judgment, problem solve, and exercise tact and diplomacy at all  times; courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers and guests.
  • Organized and capable of timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail  and accuracy. 
  • Flexibility with regards to schedule.
  • Computer skills: MS Office Suite of programs and Google for Work Apps. 
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license. 

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

Non-exempt (hourly), part-time. Working 24 hours each week on Saturday-Monday from September to May, and Friday – Sunday from June to August. In addition to on-call as needed.

$19-$20 an hour

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 POLICY

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated or to have a valid exemption request. 

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 “Wildlife Programs Specialist.” PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.

Position Availability

Open until filled.