Conservation Education Employment/Internship Opportunities
We are currently accepting applications for the following job opportunities:
- Education Internships
- Senior Director of Programs
- Part Time Weekend Instructor Positions
- Kohl's Wild Theater Program Director
The deadline has already passed for Education Internships for summer 2018. If you are interested in applying for the summer 2019 Education Internships, view our website in November 2018 for updated information.
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Senior Director of Programs
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee (the Society) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo (the Zoo). The Society seeks an experienced and collaborative Senior Director of Programs to join its management team. This newly created role will work closely with and report to the CEO to provide a holistic review of the organization’s direct service programs including Education and Zoo Pride, the organization’s volunteer program. As needed, this position will also help support our conservation program working in partnership with the current head of the function. Combined, these programs educate more than 300,000 people annually, affect the guest experience for more than one million visitors to the Zoo and help save species from extinction.
Together with the CEO and program staff, the Senior Director of Programs will help us advance our mission by creating a strategic plan; strengthening the business models; driving program and revenue growth; and continuing to innovate our programs while solidifying relationships with partners and funders and serving as the program’s spokesperson.
We are looking for a candidate who is intelligent, strategic, dedicated and collaborative. This position requires a commitment to the Society’s mission, proven management skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities. This is a full-time position located at the Society’s office on the grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Key responsibilities include:
- Lead team of 13 experienced education, theater and volunteer management staff and oversee department budgets of ~$1.7 million; identify opportunities for program and revenue growth.
- Provide direction for curriculum and content development for education programs that reach all age groups from Stroller Safaris for infants and toddlers to photography classes for adults. Additionally, the Society offers camps, classes for children and families, school programs, field trips, teacher workshops and internships.
- Oversee our successful Kohl’s Wild Theater program that reaches 150,000 people annually through on and off-site theater programs that promote conservation and inspire action.
- Collaborate with the Society’s creative department and the Zoo to create and support a strategic interpretive plan.
- Work closely with volunteer manager to refresh our Zoo Pride volunteer program of more than 500 active volunteers who provide a wide range of assistance to the Zoo and the Society.
- Increase program visibility in the community, serve as program spokesperson and manage relationships with collaborative partners.
- Work closely with our Development Department to support grant proposals, fundraising efforts and donor relationships.
- Ensure all programs align with the priorities of the Society and the Zoo and meet or exceed the accreditation standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
- Serve as a member of the Society’s management team; serve as staff liaison to Board of Directors committees.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Work Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm. This is a salaried position that requires periodic evening and weekend hours.
Required Education: minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience: at least 7 to 10 years of experience in education, conservation or nonprofit administration; management experience required; excellent interpersonal skills.
Relocation stipend available for candidates living outside of our region.
The Society is an equal opportunity employer. Send a cover letter and resume including salary requirements (salary commensurate with experience) to:
Zoological Society of MilwaukeeHuman Resources Office10005 W. Bluemound Rd.Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Part Time Weekend Instructor Positions
Join our team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society Conservation Education Department at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Our engaging education programs are designed to support the development of environmental and scientific knowledge through developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning.
2 year old Instructor Positions
Two positions are currently available to teach 2-year-old (with adult) Zoo Classes on select Saturdays and/or Sundays. Instructors attend training and shadow each class topic prior to teaching in their first year. Seeking candidates who are interested in returning every September–May (continued employment based on performance and interest). Summer positions may be open based on availability.
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Full-Time Theater Coordinator (Program Director) - Kohl’s Wild Theater
Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s award winning professional theater program. Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is a live, interactive, participatory theater--directed primarily to children--that uses drama, puppetry, humor and songs to help inspire children to 1) care more about our natural world, 2) learn ways to help animals here and around the world, and 3) take action to make a difference.
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee (the Society) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo (the Zoo). This position requires a commitment to the Society’s mission, proven management skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities. This is a full-time position located at the Society’s office on the grounds of the Zoo.
Produce and direct Kohl’s Wild Theater, a program within the education department. Manage the full team of actors, stage managers and independent contract artists to deliver a year-round season of programming both on Zoo grounds and on-tour in the community.
· Research, develop, write, fact check and/or adapt scripts in coordination with professional playwrights, composers, and multiple departments from the Society and the Zoo.
· Hire, train and manage all KWT staff, including two full-time direct reports and a part-time staff of actors.
· Develop and oversee rehearsal process for more than 9 shows per year, including directorial research, staging, choreography, and music direction.
· Develop and administer the KWT budget.
· Evaluate ongoing performances and lead brush-up rehearsals as necessary to maintain quality of performance.
· Negotiate contracts and coordinate services of independent professional costume designers, prop designers, scenic designers, puppet designers and other theater professionals.
· Develop supplemental educational materials to be presented on Zoo grounds and in teacher packets.
· Coordinate media relations with PR staff and make media appearances.
· Represent KWT to multiple audiences including Society/Zoo leadership and national organizations.
· Manage “after-hours” complications in coordination with the KWT Production Stage Manager.
· Serve as a performer or stage manager, as needed.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent in theater, arts management, business, stage management, education or related field. 1-2 years of professional experience preferred.
· Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts, Education or Natural Science
· Significant professional theater experience
· At least two years of experience in developing theatrical programming for children and families
· At least two years of demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others
· Proven ability to work independently and in teams
· Proven ability to prioritize and plan work activities and use time efficiently
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Effective user of data collection and analysis for evaluation and decision making
· Team player, flexible, innovative, good sense of humor, interest in children
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Tessitura
· Must have own vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance
Start date: Summer 2018
Compensation package: PTO plan, health insurance, employer paid disability and life insurance plus a 401(k) plan (with 5% employer contribution after one year). Salary commensurate with experience. Relocation package available for candidates outside SE Wisconsin.
· Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions and deployments. This is an exempt management position.
· Sitting for extended periods of time.
· Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
· Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle office equipment.
· Ability to drive.
· Ability to maintain good attendance is a condition of employment and a function of this position.
The Society is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements (salary commensurate with experience) and, if you like, up to three supporting documents (theatrical directing portfolio, creative writing samples, letter of reference, etc.) to:
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Human Resources Office
10005 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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