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Youth Programs Educator

zoological society of PH
Philadelphia, PA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

TITLE: Youth Programs Educator

DEPARTMENT: Conservation Education



Under the general direction and full support of the Director of School and Community Partnerships, the YP Educator leads the curriculum writing, facilitation and day to day operations of the West Philadelphia Zoo Scholars teen workforce development program and assists in the execution and launch of the program in Spring 2023. The YP Educator will support the recruitment, administration and growth of youth programming at the Philadelphia Zoo with a focus on the West Philadelphia Zoo Scholars program as priority. The YP Educator will also support the continued growth and implementation of the Zoo’s youth programming when the audience is local middle, high school and/or college students and interns of all ages. The YP Educator will support all programming formats as they take place virtually, on site at the Zoo and on site at local community institutions.


  1. Supports the execution and launch of the West Philadelphia Zoo Scholars program in Spring 2023 including recruitment, communications and curriculum design for the 10th grade cohort.
  2. Partners with multiple Zoo staff to implement and strengthen career pipelines for local residents and teens into the Philadelphia Zoo and Zoo industry in general.
  3. Supports the Volunteer Manager with internship programming at the Philadelphia Zoo from design, recruitment, management and execution for multiple departments year-round.
  4. Assists with the administrative duties of all youth programs middle school and above at the Zoo including leading orientations, workshops, trainings, career exposure opportunities with external guests, field trips and other events engaging youth as necessary.
  5. Oversees recruitment, attendance, performance, and participation records for all youth program participants with a focus on the Zoo’s hyperlocal community and school partners.
  6. Ensures youth participants have the information and resources necessary to attend programming and engage to their fullest potential.
  7. Communicates with students and families via phone, email and social media; keeps Director informed of issues; handles any performance or attendance issues that arise.
  8. Serves as a mentor to youth program participants.
  9. Advocates for needs of youth program participants as necessary whether related or unrelated to program objectives.
  10. Assists with planning and implementing group workshops on conservation, life-skills and leadership skills topics and utilizes multiple strategies of facilitation to maintain consistent engagement.
  11. Collaborates with various Zoo department leaders to engage Zoo staff in youth programming with a focus on career exposure workshops and potential mentoring opportunities for youth and Zoo staff.
  12. Works with Impact, Measurement and Evaluation Coordinator to track metrics of youth programs as required.
  13. Assists Director with any other aspects of program management as needed within the Conservation Education department.


  1. Work experience with young adults as teacher, educator, counselor or other leadership role responsible for youth safety and educational outcomes.
  2. General knowledge of conservation and environmental justice topics and strategies.
  3. Experience with and knowledge of college and career actions and strategies that promote career exploration and college enrollment of current local, Philadelphia high school students.
  4. Current resident of Philadelphia county is required; West Philadelphia current or past residents preferred.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  6. Ability to work well with a large and diverse team.
  7. Ability to interact effectively with teens and develop trusting relationships.
  8. Sense of humor.
  9. Genuine love and affinity for animals.
  10. Able to commit to a minimum of 40 hours weekly starting October 1, 2022. Schedule must include 1 weekend day and early evening hours to facilitate after school time programming. Schedule is negotiable and will be adjusted to meet youth program needs. Likely schedule: Tuesday – Saturday OR Sunday – Thursday 10:30am – 6:30pm. Schedule may also include holidays.
  11. Reliable access to travel to and from school sites, zoo and local community institutions will be required.


  1. Experience serving as main point of contact for groups of young adults in an educational setting.
  2. Experience participating in and/or facilitating environmental education, natural science, STEM curriculum or related field.
  3. Experience working with or in a Zoo or equivalent setting.
  4. Teaching or counseling experience in a middle or high school; teaching in traditional science department or other education setting of a museum, zoo, nature center or equivalent institution.
  5. Knowledge and experience living, working and thriving in West Philadelphia.
  6. Experience writing curriculum-based programming for 6th grade and above in traditional or non-traditional education setting.
  7. Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships with peers and subordinates. Ability to work effectively with diverse personalities.
  8. Excellent presentation skills with a strong knowledge of both formal and informal presentation techniques.


  1. Satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks including; criminal records and PA Child abuse clearance. FBI clearance required for all non-PA residents.
  2. Successful completion of a TB and drug screen.
  3. Covid-19 Vaccination required.
  4. Must be able to work around plants and animals and able to work outside is varying weather conditions.
  5. Reasonable physical condition required; at minimum must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.

zoological society of PH


Philadelphia, PA
19104 USA