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CPZ Youth Engagement Assistant Coordinator

Company: Wildlife Conservation Society
Location: New York
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

CPZ Youth Engagement Assistant Coordinator Central Park Zoo Temporary/Seasonal CPZ-EDUCATION Job Description Job Title: Youth Engagement Assistant Coordinator
Location: Central Park Zoo
Department: EDUCATION
Reports to: Coordinator of Volunteers/Youth Development
Type: Temporary
Rate: $ 20
Schedule: Feb-June (25 hrs/week); July-August (35 hrs/week)

POSITION SUMMARY
The Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Education Department is hiring 5 part-time Youth Engagement Assistant Coordinators across its five New York Zoos & Aquarium including: Bronx Zoo (1), Central Park Zoo (1), Prospect Park Zoo (1), Queens Zoo (1), and New York Aquarium (1). You will work part-time for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a valued team member of the Education Division. You will engage with and oversee youth ages 14-24, serving in volunteer, intern, and part-time positions. You will develop these youth by helping them to learn and acquire job skills, to explore career opportunities, and to share the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society with zoo visitors and an online audience. You will build a more diverse, inclusive community of youth who value wildlife and wild places, are scientifically literate, and are mobilized for conservation change. You will reach thousands of members of the public by helping youth to create educational content and teach others about science and inspire conservation action. You will gain valuable management experience in the field of informal science education and interpretation. This position will be partially in-person and partially virtual.

WHO WE ARE
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve this, we harness the power of our Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations, in all the world's oceans, and our five wildlife parks in New York City - Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium - visited by 4 million people annually. We combine our expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve our conservation mission.

The WCS Education Department works across our Zoos & Aquarium. We inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates by sparking connections with animals and nature, improving scientific literacy through hands-on investigation, and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wild places.

YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
You will work collaboratively with the Youth Development and Live Interpretation teams to:
-----Recruit, select, and train youth volunteers, interns, and part-time employees.
-----Support in the design, creation, development, and execution of an interactive and engaging educational experience for youth interns & volunteers as well as for in-park visitors.
-----Play a key role in the day-to-day oversight and support of youth programs (both in-person on site, and virtual) including leading meetings, providing supervision, giving feedback, and ensuring key deadlines are met. *NOTE: THE POSITIONS AT BRONX ZOO AND NEW YORK AQUARIUM WILL BE PRIMARILY VIRTUAL, WITH LIMITED IN-PARK ACTIVITY)
-----Serve as a mentor and respected advisor to youth
-----Create and maintain weekly schedules and track requirements such as training status, attendance, and performance
-----Create a warm, welcoming, and fun environment for youth
-----Support the Education Department and Adult Volunteer program as needed
-----Attend regular meetings as needed

-- Qualification Requirements QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

-----You should possess a or be in pursuit of a college degree, preferably a Bachelor's, in a relevant field of study, such as, Education, Youth Development, Animal Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, etc.
-----You should have some experience working with, coaching, or mentoring youth, ages 14-24
-----You are reliable, flexible, and accountable for your actions
-----You have good organizational skills, and have a working knowledge of useful office tools such as excel, google docs, word processors, etc.
-----You are a self-starter, and have a high level of self-motivation, with excellent time management, and documentation skills
-----You enjoy engaging with others, and are able to work as a part of a team, as well as independently
-----You are outgoing, and are willing to interpret science concepts in both a classroom setting, as well as with the public at zoo exhibits
-----You have experience teaching or learning in a virtual environment
-----You have great verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus

Workplace Conditions and Environment

-----We value team members and community partners from all backgrounds and cultures with different skills, abilities, and perspectives
-----We ensure that everyone has an opportunity to fully contribute to our mission.
-----Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. and to perform light physical activity
-----Applicants must be available for full employment period to be considered


WCS is proud to be an equal opportunity employment workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work and learning environment and look for future team members who share that same value.
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Keywords: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York , CPZ Youth Engagement Assistant Coordinator, Other , New York, New York

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