Essential Job Functions
The Education Intern is responsible for presenting educational information to visitors and program participants as based upon the specific requirements set forth by Zoo New England (ZNE) and by the participating college or university, if applicable. In general, duties will include assisting full-time education staff in conducting education programs on and off-site, assisting full-time education staff with program development, conducting informal public presentations, developing full day school vacation week programming (winter and spring interns) and/or summer day camp curriculum (spring and summer interns), assisting full-time education staff in conducting the full day school vacation week programming and/or summer day camp, assisting in the development of program assessment methods, and administrative duties as needed. Opportunities for curriculum development, interpretive materials design, camp curriculum design, and program animal handling may also be available. The Education Intern will encourage the public to think and to learn about animals, habitats and conservation by helping them interpret Zoo New England’s collection. The Education Intern is expected to conduct or help lead education programs by the end of the internship.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Interprets exhibit for visitors to the Zoo. Facilitates guest interactions with biofacts, exhibits and activities.
- Develops and conducts on and off-site educational programs after receiving additional training.
- Curriculum design and program development. Develop program assessment methods.
- Provides excellent customer service and positive interactions with all Zoo guests and employees.
- Answers general guest questions while promoting Zoo New England, its programs and its mission.
- Maintains a safe, fun and educational environment through the enforcement of Zoo rules, observation of the public (especially children) and removal of potential hazards (i.e. spills, sharp objects).
- At the discretion of the supervisor, conducts "Animal Encounters" receiving additional training. Handles encounters in accordance with ZNE’s professional standards and facilitates guest interactions with animals.
- Interacts positively and professionally with ZNE’s educational partners.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field.
- Must be available from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., actual hours flexible.
- Upon acceptance into the program, students are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months.
Term: Would prefer at least twenty (20) hours, four (4) hours per day for three (3) consecutive months. ZNE is willing to work with an individual’s schedule.