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Student and Teacher Programs Faciliator

Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago, United States Posted: June 17, 2024

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year.

  • The Student and Teacher Programs Facilitator is responsible for guiding youth and teachers through learner-centered, student-driven experiences both on and off zoo grounds.
  • Under the direction of the Student and Teacher Programs Coordinator, this individual will seek to improve student understanding of conservation issues through experiences such as student-directed research projects, engagement with inquiry-based science experiences aligned with the research of zoo scientists and animal care staff, and exposure to career opportunities within the field of conservation science and education.
  • This is a full-time, year-round position. In order to meet the needs of Chicago schools, the individual in this position must be bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • This position has some flexibility to work from home (up to 2 days per week if programs are not scheduled).
  • When field trips or classroom visits are scheduled, working hours will be performed on site at the zoo or offsite at school/community locations as needed.
This opportunity might be good for you if...
  • You’re open to learning about scientific concepts and familiar with research basics.
  • You are skilled at building relationships with teachers and creating engaging experiences for learners of all ages, especially teens and middle schoolers.
  • You thrive when solving problems and are able to reach creative solutions.
  • As core facilitator for the Partners in Fieldwork program
  • Guide Chicago high school students in data gathering and analysis related to urban biodiversity and human-wildlife co-existence both at the zoo and on school grounds
  • Oversee development of individual student research projects aligned with urban wildlife research methods
  • Modify and add to curriculum to provide additional, culturally appropriate opportunities for students to engage authentically with the field of conservation science, sustainability, research, and environmental justice.
  • Support and facilitate authentic field trip experiences for students and teachers through both visit supervision and/or curriculum development
  • Provide training, oversight, and support to teachers in the implementation of program activities
  • Provide training in the area of technology-aided research projects to teachers and support modifications to existing digital curriculum resources
  • Deliver teacher programming with the goal of creating stronger ties between classroom practice, research, and mission of the zoo
  • Support logistical planning of zoo field trips by ordering buses, scheduling, and planning of the trip
Additional responsibilities:
  • Generate program reports and support program evaluation efforts
  • Deliver student-directed and inquiry-based programming for students at the pre-K-16 level, including on-site Zoo Explorers field trips and virtual Zoo Investigations programs.
  • Provide guidance to students who contact the zoo with interest in conducting original research in the area of conservation science
  • Develop resources and activities for students and teachers that align with Next Generation Science Standards and support the learning of zoo-related topics
  • Support development and delivery of additional related programming as resources allow
  • Support other zoo Learning programs and events as assigned, such as Camp Outs, special events, and more
  • Work a flexible schedule that may involve delivering multiple, hour-long programs in a row with limited breaks
  • Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned
  • Ability to work with groups of up to 35 students on zoo grounds, in a classroom, or in a virtual environment
  • Ability to interact comfortably with culturally and linguistically diverse students of all ages with varying abilities
  • Experience developing student activities and resources that align to NGSS learning standards
  • Commitment to creating a classroom environment that is accessible and inclusive to all, including differentiating instruction to meet student needs
  • Ability to work in a team and problem solve to ensure timely completion of all projects
  • Ability to work outside in nature for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public
  • Undergraduate degree in education,
  • environmental studies,
  • biology,
  • zoology,
  • or closely related discipline;
  • or four years of related work experience required
  • Experience with informal and/or formal education at a zoo, museum, science center, environmental education center or school
  • Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners
  • Experience working with Chicago youth is preferred
  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills required.
  • Capable of moving across zoo grounds, being stationary for long periods of time, and working in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to regularly traverse zoo and school grounds and move equipment on a rolling cart up to 50 pounds.
  • Available to work occasional weekends, holidays, evenings, and special events which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record is required
  • Access to personal vehicle is preferred
  • Ability to pass a background check is required
  • SALARY:          $47,250/year   
  • Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming.
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply.
  • We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people.  For Wildlife. For All.
  • $47,250/annually

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