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STAFF POSITION DESCRIPTION

Wildlife Educator

Education & Training:

Preference for college degrees animal science or wildlife related field, or education and communications. Public speaking experience, animal handling, and operant conditioning training experience requested. Animal handling and operant training experience helpful. Knowledge of education science curriculum helpful.

Position Objectives:

  • Help develop and maintain public education curriculum, presentation materials and equipment.
  • Deliver public education programs.
  • Help train, provide high standard husbandry with Animal Care & Education staff, and handle educational animals.
  • Train education staff, interns and volunteers. 

General Responsibilities:

The Wildlife Educator will contribute to a team effort of the Education Department. Team responsibilities include contributing to day-to-day functioning of the Education Department, overseeing and managing program presentations, program development, as well as education animal training and handling. 

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Present public education programs. Programs may be presented weekdays and weekends, days and evenings.
  • Help develop educational materials for a variety of school age groups from pre-k – college and adapt to meet school grade criteria standards. Educational materials are also needed for scouts, special needs, adults and seniors.  These items may include print materials, photos, PowerPoint presentations, biofacts, and live educational animals.
  • Educational presentations may involve transporting and handling live educational animals (species such as reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and raptors).
  • May collect fees (monetary and donations in kind) for programs.
  • Develop a broad general knowledge of Wisconsin wildlife and the Wildlife in Need Center’s mission to answer public questions at programs.
  • Experience with common programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint is needed, and photo or video editing applications is preferred.
  • Help train educational animals for programs.
  • Train education staff, interns & volunteers in handling educational animals for programs.
  • Assist Animal Care staff and veterinarians in the high standard care of the educational animals including feeding, cleaning, grooming, enrichment, quarterly exams, and vet visits.
  • Ensure that a pleasant and professional image of the organization is presented to the public.
  • Continuously contribute to a team environment. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Work with WINCs marketing and development team as they prepare grants and promotional materials, plan fundraising events, and hold fundraising events.
  • Help with and work at WINC fundraising events.
  • Participate and present in media appearances for promotion of WINC.
  • Responsible as part of a team to post to WINC social media sites and website.
  • Conduct ad hoc or informal tours of the facility for certain visitors as requested by Executive Director or Board members.
  • Participate in the activities of the Education Committee.
  • Contribute to Wildlife In Need Centers newsletter TRACKS.
  • Occasionally assist in general office coverage of phones and admissions.

This is a part-time, hourly position, $9.50-11.00 depending on experience. Position requires an average of 22 hours weekly.  Please send cover letter, resume and two professional references to Lisa Rowe, Director of Operations: lrowe@helpingwildlife.org   Wildlife In Need Center, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Education Assistant & Scheduler  

Education & Training:

  • Minimum – High school diploma or equivalent. Preferred – Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, other related field, or equivalent work experience. Position needs excellent customer service skills, excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills, ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously, excellent organizational skills, ability to be flexible with work hours and to be detail oriented. 

Position Objectives:

  • Coordinate and schedule requested public education programs.
  • Coordinate and schedule education volunteers and education interns.
  • Report and record education department statistics and program/event information.

General Responsibilities:

Scheduler is responsible to be the initial contact for education programs and events, add events to the education calendar, be the coordinator between wildlife educators (staff and volunteer) and public contacts & schedule education volunteers when needed.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Monitor email and phone contacts for requests for education programs, discuss program options and requesters specific details.
  • Coordinate with wildlife education staff and education volunteers to schedule presenter.
  • Track and schedule educational ambassadors within guidelines.
  • Discuss, collect, and track fees (monetary and donations in-kind) for programs.
  • Confirm educational programs.
  • Email thank you and survey link to program contact
  • Maintain Google education calendar.
  • Gather and organize all necessary educational equipment, materials and educational ambassador travel containers for volunteers to take on educational booth events
  • Recruit new education department volunteers.
  • Coordinate Leslie Kiehl Education Program Fund committee to approve/deny applications
  • Track and report information for operations reports and development team
  • Experience with common programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google calendar is needed, and photo or video editing applications is preferred
  • Ensure that a pleasant and professional image of the organization is presented to the public
  • Continuously contribute to a team environment.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Work with WINCs marketing and development team as they prepare grants and promotional materials, plan fundraising events, and hold fundraising events.
  • Participate and work at WINC’s fundraising events.
  • Responsible as part of a team to post to WINC social media sites and website.
  • Participate in the activities of the Education Committee.
  • Contribute to Wildlife In Need Centers newsletter TRACKS.
  • Occasionally assist in general office coverage of phones and admissions.
  • Other assignments as requested by DOO or ED

This is a part-time, hourly position $9-10.00 per hour based in experience. Position requires an average of 18 hours weekly.Please send cover letter, resume and two professional references to Lisa Rowe, Director of Operations:  lrowe@helpingwildlife.org,Wildlife In Need Center, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066