Conservation Action Program Coordinator (Zoo) Closes Aug 4, 2015

Job Title:Conservation Action Program Coordinator
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 08/04/15 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$23.74 - $31.82 Hourly
Job Type:Limited Duration
Location:Oregon Zoo, Oregon

Oregon Zoo has grown into an international leader in animal welfare and conservation. The zoo is the largest environmental education organization in Oregon, dedicated to inspiring the region to create a better future for wildlife.

This position is part-time, limited duration (.75 FTE) 30 hours a week.

The person in this new position will coordinate conservation action efforts on zoo grounds with zoo staff, volunteers and community partners. Duties include coordination of conservation action campaigns meetings, events and activities; developing presentation materials and strategies; providing training; and performing a variety of activities that support our efforts to inspire our community to action on behalf of wildlife.

At the Oregon Zoo, we strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Required application materials
1) Electronic application, 2) resume and 3) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.

Essential Job Duties:

An employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Coordinates implementation of conservation action campaigns on zoo grounds in conjunction with Zoo education and communication staff and evaluates the effectiveness of campaign activities (1-2 per year).

  • Develops materials for on grounds conservation action campaign activities
  • Coordinates animal awareness and conservation action days (6-8 per year) and works to incorporate approved conservation action messaging into these events
  • Determines the best messengers for particular on grounds conservation action campaigns (zoo teens, adult volunteers, keeper staff, partners, etc.) and provides training on effective strategies for interacting with the public and inspiring conservation action
  • Coordinates and facilitates monthly Conversation Action Team meetings with a diverse set of stakeholders from the zoo's education, conservation and research, marketing, operations and living collections divisions as well as representatives from the Oregon Zoo Foundation and Metro. Works with Education Curator to set agenda for each meeting
  • Works with the zoo’s conservation and research department and other outside partners (Metro Parks and Nature department, USFWS, the Intertwine Alliance, etc.) to identify conservation volunteer and citizen science opportunities to promote both internally and externally
  • Works closely with the zoo’s marketing and communications division to craft messages around key conservation issues and disseminate these messages clearly to zoo staff and partners
  • Helps to coordinate conservation focused speaker events including lunch and learns and evening public events (8-10 lunch and learns and 3-4 speaker events per year)
  • Participates on education center interpretive design team to develop and implement strategy for inspiring zoo visitor conservation action through programming
  • Develops scheduling system for partner programming and demonstrations in the new education center.  Meets regularly with supporting partners to identify needs and opportunities  
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties for the position, Metro organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. This position falls under the Education Specialist II classification (click to read the full classification).


 Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the program area and a minimum of two (2) years of experience conducting public presentations for general audiences or equivalent combinations of education, training and experience that has provided knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Educational campaign and project management
  • General interpretation methods for informal settings
  • Knowledge of conservation biology principles and conservation issues
  • Specific content knowledge of conservation behavior social marketing and other theories of conservation action
  • Knowledge of conservation initiatives and involvement in the conservation community
  • Basic principles and practices of educational program development
  • Educational planning and program evaluation
  • Basic research methods
  • Group dynamics and group problem-solving techniques, such as leading meetings, gaining support while dealing with complex subjects, resolving conflicts and reaching consensus
  • Statistical reporting

Skill to:

  • Use interpretive methods and techniques to present before groups of all sizes and backgrounds
  • Plan and lead workshops, seminars and other professional training sessions
  • Administer surveys and other evaluation tools, to gather and analyze data and to write and present evaluation reports
  • Develop, write and process partnership agreements (MOU’s and contracts) that specifically spell out partner benefits and responsibilities and follow appropriate procurement practices and legal requirements
  • Write and edit conservation action campaign materials (brochures, web, social media, etc.)
  • Use computers and software related to presentation and general office work, and to enter data and run basic reports. 

Ability to: 

  • Research, develop and present educational programs and campaigns
  • Effectively organize work, manage time, prioritize tasks, and follow both written and oral directions
  • Evaluate, improve and expand current conservation action efforts and participate in creating new programs and activities
  • Train, assign and direct the work of interns, temporary staff, volunteer workers and other staff
  • Effectively communicate ideas, program concepts and delivery, both orally and in writing
  • Successfully manage both internal and external stakeholder involvement in conservation action activities
  • Apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations for respective field
  • Use discretion with confidential and sensitive matters
  • Fulfill Metro’s employee values of Public Service, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect, Innovation, and Sustainability
  • Work as a cooperative team member and collaborate and commit to common agency goals and values
  • Work in a safe manner and follow Metro safety policies, practices, and procedures
  • Perform the assigned duties of the position.


 Additional Information:

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Representation/classification: This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3580 and falls under the Education Specialist II classification.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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