Educating the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders is at the heart of Zoo New England's mission and we are committed to providing meaningful experiences that will positively impact young minds. It is extremely important to Zoo New England that the program participants and guests walk away with gained knowledge about animals, the role of zoos, conservation, and career readiness. Through programming and interpretation, the zoo brings visitors one step closer to understanding the natural world while learning different steps they can take to positively impact their community and the environment around them. Teen Ambassadors are a group of 6 – 10 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. Teen Ambassadors will participate in weekly after-school meetings and spend one weekend day in a department, learning about Animal Care or Education. Animal Care positions will be limited for the duration of the 2021 – 2022 school year.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Teen Ambassadors enrich guest experience by teaching them about animals, conservation, and much more. Teen ambassadors must act as an ambassador for the Zoo’s Mission to visitors, peers, and the community at large. Familiarize yourself with animals, exhibit information, and available day-to-day programming. Teen Ambassadors are exposed to natural history and animal husbandry knowledge. Teen Ambassadors may assist zookeepers with aspects of animal care, including, but not limited to, diet preparation and habitat cleanliness. Execute an active conservation project caring for a small group of local endangered turtles. Act as mentors and role models to the Junior ZooTeens.
The Ideal Candidate for this Job:
A self-motivated individual with strong verbal and written communication skills Be outgoing, creative, energetic and able to act as a role model for other program participants Ability to work independently and in a team environment Interest in Conservation, Animal Care and/or Education
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