Adjunct Instructor

Queens Zoo

Organization Description: 
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Education Department works across our five wildlife 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.

Position Description:
The Adjunct Conservation Educator (ACE) will focus on teaching STEM programs for students aged 2–4 years old and utilizing hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Programs will include field trips at the zoo, outreach programs at a preschool/community center, and occasional weekend events at the zoo for participating student families.

The ACE will deliver approximately 100 programs designed to fit the unique learning styles of ECE students, follow the pedagogy and curriculum designed by WCS, support classroom teachers, and maintain a lively learning environment. The ACE will report to work on-site at the Queens Zoo; this is not a remote work opportunity.

Reports to:
Curator of Education

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
As an Adjunct Conservation Educator, you will…
– Teach in-person school programs at the zoo and off-site, focusing on Early Childhood students, ages 2-4.
– Interact with and support children ranging in age from 2-4 years old
– Support data collection during programming
– Maintain a fun and lively learning environment
– Prepare and organize materials for programs
– Train in the proper handling and presentation protocols of the Queens Zoo tractable animal collection under the supervision of the Tractable Animal Team
– Attend regular staff meetings and participate in staff development
– Perform all related tasks and duties as assigned
– Comply with all policies and procedures as presented by WCS and the WCS Education Department, including health and safety policies

Candidate Qualifications:
– Bachelor of Science degree
– Bilingual/Spanish speaker
– One year of experience teaching preschool-aged children or earlier
– Ability to work within a highly team-oriented environment, as well as independently
– Excellent verbal communication
– Reliable, flexible, and accountable
– Must be able to lift and carry up to 25lbs and spend long periods of time outdoors
– Must possess a valid driver’s license

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes YOU, then YOU are highly encouraged to apply.

Position Type:
Part-Time Temporary

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Salary or Compensation:
$23.00/ hr upto 36 hours/week

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