Organization: Cincinnati Zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) and AmeriCorps have partnered to bring fun, science based educational opportunities to students in Cincinnati who need it the most and to challenge our community to step up and do more to conserve resources and wildlife. Together, CZBG and AmeriCorps will provide quality STEM education to economically disadvantaged Prek-12 students and to engage Zoo visitors and community members in environmentally conscious practices and behaviors. Zoo AmeriCorps members will work directly with teachers and students to improve science literacy and academic engagement and with Zoo visitors and the community outside the Zoo to share sustainable practices and encourage behavior change.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around, and a Top Workplace in Cincinnati? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, our community & our future.
This is what we believe and how we act. If this gets you fired up, we look forward to having you join our team!
ABOUT THE POSITION
The incumbent is a full-time AmeriCorps position serving 1,700 hours (40 hours per week) over an 11-month term of service from August 30, 2021 to July 31, 2022. The Community Impact Member will connect visitors, community members, partners, Zoo staff and volunteers with opportunities to be involved with Zoo conservation initiatives and advance our mission. Member will create communication and press releases related to these initiatives. Member will seek and maintain collaborative relationships with other like minded organizations. Member will organize community impact opportunities that advance our Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion goals. This position requires frequent travel to and from the Zoo and to the various project sites. The member will report directly to, and be supervised by, the Volunteer and Intern Program Manager. Scheduled will be assigned as needed Monday – Sunday, based on serving 5 days a week for 8-hour days.
AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities
Seek out regional service opportunities that encourage community members to work together and have a significant collective impact
Create and oversee service projects that educate and engage participants in conversations about the Zoo’s conservation goals
Create inclusive community engagement events with collaborators and partners to support and mobilize diverse audiences to take conservation action
Assist with the Zoo’s “Green Team” to support Net Zero goals
Assist with Education Department sustainability events
Measure impact of projects and events for the program year
Evaluate, assess and report program goals and outcomes
Serve as a Zoo leader and representative at all community impact events and external partnership and planning meetings
Work with various Zoo staff to promote community engagement efforts internally and externally using social media, oral presentation, and other outreach tools
Participate in a mid-year and end of year performance review process with supervisors
Complete weekly timesheets to accurately report hours served
Recruit participants/volunteers for all projects or events
Explain, collect, and input all required participant paperwork
Use online tool(s) to manage events and opportunities, capture participant contact information and service hours, utilize tool(s) for tracking and reporting data
Orientation and Training
Create and provide written orientation documents for service project/event participants to explain responsibilities, goals and short- term/long-term results of each project/initiative.
Logistical Planning and Event Coordination
Partner with Zoo staff and collaborators to plan and manage all service projects/events
Maintain an inventory of materials as needed
Maintain an events calendar
Manage logistics pertaining to each event/opportunity.
Administer experience surveys and evaluate, assess and report program goals and outcomes
Support and Troubleshooting
Serve as primary contact for project/event participants, answering questions and managing challenges or conflict that may arise
Identify and share additional resources or innovative ideas
Collect and input all volunteer feedback
Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with the Zoo team
Contribute to the overall success of the Zoo’s Community Impact efforts, but also seek out new challenges and learn and grow while in this position over the course of the service year
Serve an average of 40 hours per week during the program year (August 26, 2019 to July 31, 2020) including:
Community Impact management activities (detailed above), ongoing and daily basis
Weekly supervisory meetings [1-2 hours per week]
Planning meetings and check-ins with Zoo staff and community partners [4-10 hours per week]
Preparing for service projects/events [10-20 hours per week]
Attending/leading service projects and community events [6-12 hours per month]
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Ability to lead a team of diverse participants to accomplish service projects
Strong communication skills, including the ability to facilitate meetings and trainings
Experience in a leadership role
Ability to organize multiple tasks
Attention to detail
Ability to manage and prioritize time and responsibilities
Commitment to Service
Ability to fulfill a yearlong, full-time AmeriCorps service commitment
Dedication to CZBG and AmeriCorps’ missions
Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
Willingness to represent the CZBG to outside groups
Excellent organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and independently manage multiple tasks and timely follow-through, with flexibility to adapt to changing needs and to work effectively with minimal supervision
Willingness to seek and use available resources to support problem solving efforts
Ability to independently problem solve and think strategically
Ability to work and build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
Maturity and good judgment in relating to CZBG peers, partners, and visitors
Bachelor’s degree required
A sincere love of wildlife and nature, and desire to share that interest with others
Knowledge of/ education in wildlife ecology, environmental science, biology, zoology or a related natural science
Knowledge of/ education in/ experience in formal education, or environmental education, conservation education, or a related non-formal education field
Ability to use basic and some advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Publisher) the internet and web-based forms
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
Valid Driver’s License
Ability to travel locally when needed
Ability to stand, walk, climb and grasp objects
Must be able to lift & move 50 pounds without mechanical assistance
Appointment is conditional upon passing a pre-start drug & nicotine screen
Must provide a negative TB test result prior to beginning the position
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Total living allowance of up to $15,100 to be paid on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the service term.
Eligible to receive an education award of $6,495 upon successful completion of 1,700 hour service term. *Value dependent on Pell Grant each year.
Health care and childcare benefit eligible
AmeriCorps status could qualify you for forbearance and interest payments on qualified student loans during service. Learn more HERE
Extensive training, practice, and skill building in the fields of environmental and informal education for all audiences
Making a difference in the community while being part of a dedicated service team.
Apply here with resume and cover letter by June 1,2021.