This position advances Lincoln Park Zoo’s mission by facilitating community-based learning programs in collaboration with community partners (schools, non-profit organizations, etc.), as part of the zoo’s increased focus on local communities. Key to this position is flexibility and working with multiple stakeholders to deliver effective programs to all audience types. Applicants must have passion to work alongside community members in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. This individual will work with community partners to develop, implement, and sustain programs that connect learners to nature and empower them as stewards of the environment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Deliver inquiry-based environmental education programming for learners of all ages
Under the guidance of the Community Engagement Manager collaborate with partners to plan, implement and facilitate education programs in North Lawndale and on zoo grounds.
Develop relationships with North Lawndale community by active listening, communicating, and incorporating diverse perspectives.
Ensure programs are aligned with zoo mission, strategic plan and departmental framework for learning.
Use appropriate technology to advance and support educational activities
Track program attendance and assist with evaluation planning and implementation when needed
Support development and delivery of additional related programming as resources allow.
Attend professional educational conferences or training as a zoo representative as requested, which may involve local or regional travel.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Ability to work with adults, teens, and children both on and off zoo grounds
Ability to interact comfortably with culturally and linguistically diverse audiences of all ages, with varying abilities
Ability to work in a team and problem solve to ensure timely completion of all projects
Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors, community partners, program participants, and the general public
Interest in wildlife conservation and education
Have reliable transportation in order to conduct site visits for programing within Chicagoland communities
Ability to navigate Chicago streets, parking, public transportation while on location in communities.
Ability to successfully manage and supervise teens, interns and/or entry level professionals
Minimal 2-5 years’ experience in community organizing, education, or conservation initiatives. Undergraduate degree preferred.
Experience working in a community based setting
Experience with informal and/or formal education
Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners
Must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a variety of weather conditions.
Must be able to regularly walk up stairs and move equipment on a rolling cart up to 100 pounds.
Must have personal transportation
Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may involve delivering multiple, hour-long programs in a row with limited breaks.
Able to work a varied schedule, which frequently includes weekends, evenings, holidays and special events which may occur outside of a typical 9-5, M-F work schedule.
Perform other duties as a Learning Department representative as assigned
About Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org.