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Teen Volunteer Coordinator-Temporary, Full-Time
San Francisco Zoo

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Teen Volunteer Coordinator-Temporary, Full-Time

San Francisco Zoo

Job Summary

Wage
$19.00 per hour
Job Type
Full-time, Temporary
Job Last Posted
Job posted 22 days ago
Job Role
Education Administrator
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Weekends, Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

  

The San Francisco Zoological Society (“Society”) is a non-profit institution that manages and raises funds for San Francisco Zoo and Gardens (“Zoo”). The Society’s mission, supra, is summarized as the 3 c’s: to connect our visitors with wildlife so that they care about nature and ultimately conserve it. The Society’s leadership team is comprised of a President & Executive Director as well as a professional team of Senior Managers. The Society endeavors to meet or exceed the standards of its industry peers, including those established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (“AZA”). For over 25 years, the Society has been continuously accredited by the AZA. 

SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, this position supports the activities of two critical programs in Education: 1) Talk on the Wild Side and 2) Zoo Teacher Assistant teen volunteers. Among other duties as assigned or directed, the incumbent is expected to serve as the programs’ main mentor, educator, and coordinator. Given the seasonal nature of this position from June through August, the incumbent is also expected to work full time during those months. Specific days off have to be approved by the Education & Engagement Manager or designee prior to employment. Weekend work in April, May and throughout the summer is required.

Talk on the Wild Side is an interpretive volunteer program for teens ages 14-17, designed to help increase the Zoo’s contact with its visitors. Each day, teens work in teams at the Insect Zoo, Family Farm, and at interpretive bio-fact stations (skulls, pelts, etc.) and they typically work two days per week for the entire summer, gaining knowledge, experience, and working on a project as part of the program’s requirements.  The Zoo Teacher Assistant program is for teens ages 14-17 in our Summer Zoo Camp. Teens work side by side with Zoo Camp staff to help campers explore the natural world through zoo tours, science lessons, games, crafts and other fun educational and enrichment activities  This position serves as a main point of contact, mentor, and teacher for these youth volunteers.         

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following.

 · Creation/design of daily and weekly schedules for teen volunteers. · Development and implementation of weekly training and related materials for volunteers. · Supervision of volunteers in their shifts. · Advisement on improper behavior deemed inconsistent with Zoo’s mission and/or core values and recommendation of employee corrective action, including discipline when necessary. · Regular communication with volunteers and parents/guardians via email, phone, or in person. · Daily record keeping in the volunteer database. · Occasional interaction with animals in the Family Farm and Insect Zoo. · Interpretation of exhibits to Zoo guests at volunteer stations. · Leading of camp games or other educational and enrichment activities. · Support the mission and core values of the Zoo and the related mission of the Education Department by performing other duties as assigned. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Ability to work full-time, Fridays through Tuesdays, for the entire summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day.   

 EDUCATION:  

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree (B.A.) in biology, zoology, environmental  science, or education from an accredited college or university is  preferred. Otherwise, coursework in one or more of these areas of study is      required.

 EXPERIENCE:   

  • Experience working with children in formal or informal setting such as babysitting, camps, tutoring, coaching, individual lessons, etc.;
  • Ability to present information to groups and other bodies;
  • Ability to work in a diverse, collaborative environment with peers and other colleagues;
  • Motivated, organized, and pro-active;
  • Formal teaching in biology, zoology and/or environmental science is a plus: and 
  • Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting.

 
           DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply. 
  • First Aid and CPR certification  preferred. 
  • Experience with teenagers, particularly those with special needs a plus.

· Ability to work well collaboratively and manage time efficiently.     

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to bend, squat, talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and use hands for grasping, fine work and assembly, reaching, kneeling, or twisting. The employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands to push/pull, crawl, taste, or smell. The employee must frequently lift up to 25 pounds. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often exposed to outdoor weather conditions. 

Salary: $19.00/hour 

Note: The Teen Volunteer Coordinator is expected to work the entire work period unless specific days off are approved by the Education & Engagement Manager to employment.

 This full time position will run from June through August, with sporadic weekend work in April and May. Work weeks will be Fridays through Tuesdays.   

APPLICATION: Please apply via our web site at . Please attach a cover letter with your resume.    

Business Overview

Our Story

Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.

The majestic Leanne Roberts African Region and the Valentine Family Savanna offer a multi-species landscape with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, storks, and more. At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, visitors can get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona. Lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country. Penguin Island is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild. The Zoo’s troop of gorillas lives in the lush Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Farm animals for feeding and petting can be found in the popular Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train are treasured by generations of visitors. And the $3.2 million Elinor Friend Playground re-opened to the public in fall 2013. The SF Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including fun rides, educational programs and exciting events for children of all ages. The SF Zoo is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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