Conservation Education Internship

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  • Full-Time
  • Internship
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Seasonal, Paid Internship

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Conservation Education Department is pleased to provide a paid internship opportunity for current college students or recent graduates as part of our summer education (Zoo Camp) programs. This internship runs from the beginning of June until mid-August. Interns hired will help educate children ages 3-14 about science, animals, and conservation through interactive teaching strategies.

Successful candidates will assist instructors in classroom educational activities, lead Zoo tours, supervise and evaluate high school assistants (volunteers), prepare classroom materials, and other duties related to Zoo Camp as assigned. Interns will receive ongoing training and professional mentoring from Society Conservation Education staff and experienced Zoo Pride volunteers. 

Rate of Pay: $11.50/hr

Hours: 40 hours/week for 11 weeks (June 1 – August 18)

RESPONSIBILITIES

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as deemed appropriate.

  • Serve as Conservation Education intern for Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s summer education programs (Zoo Camps and Classes).
  • Study and learn curricula, prepare classroom materials, and set-up and clean classroom spaces.
  • Assist education instructors in classroom educational activities.
  • Lead fun, safe and interactive Zoo tours daily.
  • Implement policies and procedures to ensure a safe and engaging Zoo education experience for participants.
  • Mentor and evaluate High School Assistants (volunteers) on a daily basis with supervision by the High School Coordinator.
  • Focus on career development and professional skills during internship through reflection, mentoring, and evaluation.
  • Learn and employ strong child management and interpersonal skills to connect to and relate with a variety of participants, family members, and volunteers, ranging in age and diversity.
  • Act with integrity and professionalism in the workplace at all times, and in representation of ZSM on Zoo grounds.
  • Assist with Conservation Education Department light housekeeping.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and current college student or recent graduate.
  • Open to any major of study for those passionate about education, conservation, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences (e.g. informal or formal education, conservation, zoology, biological sciences, forestry, human dimensions, psychology, etc.)
  • Must be CPR/1st aid/AED certified or be willing and able to become certified.
  • Must be able to attend mandatory trainings at beginning of June.

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee believes diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) are the hallmarks of a robust, vibrant community and have adopted DEAI as foundational to our organizations’ priorities and values. A successful candidate will embrace these values and incorporate a similar commitment within their scope of work to foster an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity, which is demonstrated through actions and words. Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized, and/or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Society provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

*For the foreseeable future, all newly hired Zoological Society of Milwaukee employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, unless they have been granted either a medical or religious-based exemption by the Human Resources department.

Internship positions are open to any major of study for those passionate about education, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences. This program does not offer direct animal handling or veterinary experience and does not provide housing.

Apply here now! For a complete application and consideration for a position, be sure to include a resume and cover letter. Phone screenings and interviews will begin by early March. If you have any additional questions, please email Ana Dixon (anad@zoosociety.org).

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