Education Specialist

Reports to: Education Manager
Department: Education 
Status: Exempt

 

Primary Purpose

The National Aviary’s Education Specialist is part of a dynamic and energetic education department performing all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the National Aviary’s mission to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. The Education Specialist develops and maintains education programs and materials, actively participates in bird handling, coordinates and facilitates the National Aviary’s summer and winter camp programs and helps with facilitation of education classes, camps, tours, and trainings. 

 

Essential Functions

  • Develop and facilitate formal curriculum, lessons, activities and materials for schools, scouts and other organized youth organizations, using the latest pedagogical approaches and content standards.
  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate summer and winter day camp programs for preschoolers, school-aged children, teens and families.
  • Assist with the creation and organization of educational content and materials for special events, classes, graphics and exhibits geared for children and adults.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of new revenue-generating education programs and events.
  • Provide peer training and peer support in program content and delivery.
  • Maintain classrooms and other facilities used for programs.
  • Maintain biofacts, craft supplies, and other materials used for programs. 
  • Use proper techniques for handling and presenting education program animals and for preparation and care of animals (training provided).
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of the National Aviary’s animal collection and environment, and appreciate each animal’s natural history and personal story.
  • Assist with educational planning and programmatic goal achievement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Zoological Sciences, Environmental Education, or similar. 
  • 5 years relevant professional experience in an education department in a zoo, nature center, or other informal learning center.
  • Strong teaching, interpretation and presentation skills, as well as the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences in a professional and productive manner. Background in theater or public speaking a plus.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, indoors and outdoors, and around common allergens such as nuts, latex, and seafood. 
  • Previous experience working with live animals in an educational setting preferred; experience with operant conditioning a plus.
  • Proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office products.

Other Requirements

  • ACT 33/34 clearances
  • FBI Clearance
  • Valid PA Driver’s License 

 

Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to lift, push, pull, climb, reach, crawl, and perform other physical duties as necessary.

Work Environment

Work environments will include climate-controlled office spaces; public areas where the noise level may be loud; outdoors where work may need to be done in inclement weather conditions, including extremes of temperature and precipitation.

The above job duties and responsibilities designated as essential job functions and any other related job duties not contained herein are subject to reasonable accommodation.  

Please send resumes to jennifer.torpie@aviary.org.