Cosley Zoo Interpretive Volunteer

General Purpose
A position working with the education department, sharing educational messages with the visitors at Cosley Zoo.
Interpretive volunteers are primarily utilized from April through October. Interviews are conducted in February and July, and training takes place in late March/early April and August.
Minimum 18 years of age and high school graduate. Animal knowledge and people experience a plus. Must be enthusiastic and interested in meeting and working with many types of people.
Essential Duties
Motivate visitors to appreciate the earth and its wildlife and to conserve its resources through answering questions and explaining exhibits.
Share animal information through the use of animal artifacts and props.
Interact with the public offering education, information, assistance, or control when necessary.
Communicate openly with assigned staff to allow for a more well-rounded experience.
Must follow, administer and implement Cosley Zoo and Wheaton Park District policies and guidelines set forth in the Volunteer Handbook.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with fund-raisers and special events if interested.
Attend staff meetings or other special meetings if applicable.
Assist with special visitor experiences such as duck feeding.
Assist with zoo rentals.
Psychological Considerations
May feel stress while dealing with difficult members of the public. Must be comfortable working with large groups of people. Must enjoy interacting with children.
Physical Demands
Stand, climb, bend and stoop for long periods of time. Must be able to carry 30 pounds up to 30 yards. Must be able to navigate stairs while carrying supplies. Must be able to tolerate odors, dust, and animal feces.
Cognitive and Safety Considerations
Must be able to follow directions and demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements and effects of working conditions associated with the position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, management reserves the right to revise the position when circumstances change; e.g., emergencies, rush jobs, changes in personnel, workload, technological developments, etc.
Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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