The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a global organization that envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. We actively save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
The WCS Education Department works across our five parks: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Our mission is to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates by sparking connection with animals and nature, enhancing scientific literacy through hands-on investigation, and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wild places.
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.
The Opportunity: The New York Aquarium (NYA) is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and committed individual to teach and lead educational programs, with a focus on community outreach. The New York Aquarium outreach team works with students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and we are committed to developing and supporting equitable, high quality, STEM and nature-based education for all through the lens of Discover, Inspire & Protect. The Conservation Outreach Educator plays a key role in this mission by developing programs that engage audiences of all ages from across the city and bringing marine biology and environmental education directly to communities where people live and learn.
You have the experience and knowledge of incorporating multiple effective teaching strategies into programming, specifically for early childhood education (ages 3-5). You are excited to integrate science education with opportunities for program participants to take conservation action. You have a passion for aquarium and nature-based programming for children and families, and you are committed to engaging diverse, local communities in outdoor learning. You have excellent communication skills and are comfortable interacting with guests of all ages and backgrounds. You are a confident problem solver, and you are comfortable working both in a team and independently. You can develop and build on existing and new relationships, both internal and external, to expand the diversity and inclusion of program participants. You can manage afterschool partnerships by staying connected to administration and teachers and meeting their programmatic needs. You can thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment and be adept at juggling many projects at once by utilizing your strong organizational skills.
●Work with the Program Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate new programming for audiences including pre-k through 12th grade students and community events for all ages, that align with the Discover - Protect - Inspire model as well as NYC Department of Education learning standards.
●Collaborate with the Program Coordinator and Manager of Education Programs to manage and update program offerings, including initiating and maintaining efforts to promote programs within WCS and throughout the community.
●Ensure that curriculum stays relevant based on NYC standards, WCS campaigns and Seascape field work and post-program survey results.
●Using the NYA outreach minivan, you will load up program materials and drive to off-site locations in the NYC area. This will also include parking and refueling the van.
●Serve as point person of some afterschool partnerships, including meeting with the site’s administration to determine needs, developing curriculum, gathering materials, facilitating programming and making adjustments based on feedback.
●Communicate on a regular basis with clients, including event coordinators, afterschool teachers and school administration.
●Conduct special demonstrations involving live animals as educational experiences may warrant, including taking the animals off-site and following procedures to maintain safety.
●Attend regular NYA Education Department staff meetings.
●Assist with administrative support, including, but not limited to, meeting with the Registrar Unit, monitoring booking systems, submitting invoices/receipts and ordering materials through SAP.
●Maintain internal relationships with other NYA Departments as well as WCS departments to provide unique opportunities for program participants.
●Assist with general office tasks and general upkeep of outreach materials.
●Assist with weekday and weekend onsite programming coordination and facilitation as needed for programs such as birthday parties, summer camps, children programs, and family programs.
●BS/ BA degree in biology, environmental science, conservation, education or related field
●Two years of instructional experience in formal or informal science education
●You have previously envisioned, developed and executed school programs or community events and worked with Pre-K and K audiences
●Must possess a valid driver's license in good standing and be comfortable driving a minivan throughout NYC
●Master’s in Science or Education, specifically Early Childhood Education
●You have demonstrated experience cultivating and working with diverse audiences.
Benefits and Perks
●We value creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and building a culture where everyone is welcomed and can flourish.
●We hire great people and give them opportunities to do great work.
●We offer the opportunity for professional growth through staff development events, WCS scientist talks, workshops, or conferences. WCS Education also offers a Masters in Biology or Teaching of Biological Sciences degree at low cost to employees that are accepted into the program.
●After working for 6 months, you will qualify for up to $3,200 a year for tuition reimbursement.
●We provide a computer and access to WCS resources to accomplish your work.
●We prioritize being a fun and collaborative team.
●We offer a competitive salary with a comprehensive medical, dental, and retirement package.
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 weights up to 30 lbs. and to perform light physical activity including occasional extended periods of time spent sitting, walking and standing.
●This is a flexible work environment that includes some evenings, weekends and holiday work. Flex time and earned time, as well as holiday, vacation, and sick time are available.