• Zoo New England

    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Youth Engagement & Employment
    Posted Date
    11/9/2018 4:13:00 PM
    Post End Date
    11/23/2018 5:00:00 PM
    Position Type
    Temporary Part-Time
    USD $11.00/Hr.
  • Overview:

    The Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site in Boston's historic Franklin Park. The Franklin Park Zoo first opened in 1912 and was originally managed by the City of Boston until 1958, where management responsibilities were then given to the Metropolitan District Commission, a state agency. In 1991 Gov. William Weld created the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation to manage the zoo. In July of 1997, Commonwealth Zoological Corps officially began to publicly operate as Zoo New England. Zoo New England (ZNE) is the private, non-profit organization that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England is dedicated to saving species from extinction, while also serving as a center for education and research. Zoo New England serves individuals and communities within New England and beyond. The Franklin Park Zoo is located in Dorchester and is committed to engaging the surrounding communities, including, but not limited to: Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. We offer a wide range of learning opportunities through community education, in-school programming, volunteer opportunities, Zoo Camp, community outreach, and teen programming. We teach STEM and conservation by engaging participants and guests in activities with real world lessons and by giving them the opportunity to make connections with animals. The year-round opportunities offered at Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo include: ZooCamp, Zoo School, home school, various preschool-aged education programs, partnerships with schools such as James J. Chittick Elementary in Mattapan, volunteer opportunities, internship opportunities in both education and animal care, and Junior ZooTeens, an educational opportunity for 11-14 year olds. Zoo New England also provides meaningful work experience and professional development opportunities for young people through the ZooTeen program in the summer and the Teen Ambassador program during the school year. Every year in August, Franklin Park Zoo also participates in Free Fun Friday, a single-day event where admission is free for all Franklin Park Zoo visitors.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    Position Overview: Teen Ambassadors are a group of young people that work together to further the mission of Zoo New England. The program provides meaningful work and service related experiences to Boston youth that encourages environmental stewardship and provides leadership opportunities. During the 2018 – 2019 school year Teen Ambassadors will participate in weekly meetings and spend one weekend day in a department, learning about animal care or education. Teen Ambassadors are assigned to one of four areas of the Zoo: Children's Zoo, Bird's World, Little Critters or the Education Department. In animal care departments the Teen Ambassadors fulfill duties as assigned, including: cleaning animal enclosures, preparing and administering animal diets, general husbandry responsibilities, preparing and providing animal enrichment, interacting with Zoo guests and answering questions. In the Education department, Teen Ambassadors act as Education Interpreters to provide interactive activities for Zoo guests on grounds to enhance visitor experience and knowledge about Zoo animals, biological and zoological topics, and conservation efforts of Zoo New England. Teen Ambassadors also act as mentors to Junior ZooTeens, which will include lesson planning and leading activities for the group. There will be job shadow opportunities, where Teen Ambassadors placed in one department can see and help with the routines in another department. There may also be opportunities to rotate through animal care and education departments. Teen Ambassadors will meet once or twice a week to work as a team on projects and attend professional development. This will include learning about conservation efforts and occasional field trips. Teen Ambassadors will be expected to attend all meetings and participate in all activities. Duties and Responsibilities: Attend regularly scheduled weekly Teen Ambassador meetings Act as an Ambassador for the Zoo's Mission and Youth Programs Department to visitors, peers, and the community at large Assist in the creation of activities and projects that emphasize animals, zoology, and conservation messaging Qualifications: A self-motivating individual with strong verbal and written communication skills Possess the ability to work independently and in a team environment Interest in Conservation, Animal Care and/or Education Be outgoing, creative, energetic and able to act as a role model for program participants

    The Ideal Candidate for this Job:

    Who is a standout SuccessLink candidate? Youth who are:
    • Professional – Show a deep respect for yourself and others!
    • Punctual – Show up on time and be prepared to make an impact!
    • Positive – Bring a smile and a willingness to try new things and learn new skills!


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