Youth Program Coordinator

The Position

Lindsay Wildlife Experience seeks a self-motivated, flexible, and responsible individual capable of supporting the education department’s efforts to provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for teenagers. The Youth Program Coordinator oversees all aspects of Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s (LWE) youth programs, particularly those for youth ages 13 to 18 years old, such as the Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWL) and Keeper in Training (KIT) Programs. This individual will expand LWE’s efforts with this demographic through the following: programs (both long-term and short-term commitments), workshops, youth school partnership programs, scout programs, outreach events, and the creation of educator resources.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supervises the activity and development of teen service-learning volunteers enrolled in the OWL and KIT programs.
  • Responsible for overseeing and guiding youth participants with their daily duties.
  • Be the co-lead animal keeper of a domestic rabbit and guinea pig animal ambassadors. With the assistance of the other co-lead animal keeper, the youth program coordinator will assist with their daily care, health checks, diet adjustments, and training.
  • Regular participation in public programming using live animals; including daily outdoor and exhibit hall programming, special events, and outreach.
  • Builds youth participant capacity to develop and deliver exceptional public
  • Trains youth participants on safe animal handling, transport, and interpretation.
  • Plans and develops a diverse array of both long-term and short-term opportunities for youth engagement and involvement in LWE’s programs in education, animal husbandry, and community outreach.
  • Develops and manages all Scout Programs led by youth volunteers.
  • Collaborates with other LWE departments to measure, document, and report on the youth programs. Builds departmental capacity to clarify outcomes and indicators, design and implement evaluation tools, and analyze and respond to findings.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

  • Builds, maintains, and evaluates relationships and collaborations with local schools, school districts, and universities, working collaboratively with these partners to develop, implement, and evaluate programs.
  • 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, birthday parties, 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 reserve the right to modify duties and responsibilities of the Youth Programs Coordinator as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in education, ecology, biology, or relevant field.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for environmental education and youth engagement.
  • Minimum 1 year experience as coordinator of youth programs,  environmental educator or relevant role.
  • Ability to handle animals and present them during a program. Animals include, but are not limited to, raptors, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
  • Ability to display good judgment, problem solve, and exercise diplomacy at all times; courteous and respectful interactions with supervisors, co-workers, parents, and participating youth.
  • Familiarity with K-12 learning/teaching strategies, informal education techniques, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a plus.
  • Familiarity with (or willingness to learn) Google Workspace, Volgistics Software, and basic videography (recording, editing, publishing) is preferred.
  • A hard worker with a high-energy level; emotionally mature; excellent communication skills with age demographic; able to maintain balance and perspective.
  • 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 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 full time position, 40-hours a week
  • Regular schedule is Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers competitive benefits packaging including paid sick time, vacation, holidays, and 401K eligibility.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, early mornings, holidays, and special events as needed.

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.

Apply

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, and two references to  [email protected]. Please place “Youth Program Coordinator” in the email subject line. Please follow these directions carefully.

No phone calls, please.

Position Availability

Open until filled.