Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park
  • 23-Feb-2017 to 30-Apr-2017 (CST)
  • Programs and Education
  • Peoria, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefit package


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program and Education Manager provides oversight of all aspects of the parks recreational and education programing; positively influences people's knowledge, attitudes, emotions and behaviors about wildlife and wild places through engagement and involvement;  growing successful programs already in place and creating new programs to expand our mission; assists the  departmental managers in planning, organizing and coordinating all programs, events and activities.  






The primary responsibility of the Program and Education Manager is to contribute to our success by developing and implementing progressive events and  education programs, coordinating education oriented special events and activities and providing exceptional guest services. 


In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.



  • Coordinate the daily public programming throughout the park.
  • Coordinate the delivery of Park Special Events
  • Develop effective education goals; programs and special events; manage projects; develop printed and other materials including graphic and signage standards
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff to include interns and volunteers; assist or participate in the selection, training, development, counseling, disciplining and scheduling of assigned staff; conduct department staff meetings; perform onsite observations of performance
  • Implement and maintain annual evaluation of all programs to determine effectiveness and accuracy of the messaging and assuring efficient use of resources
  • Broaden role in conservation by working closely with park departments on age-specific strategies for educating our visitors
  • Establish through consensus building, departmental direction and support for program and education initiatives; advocate for our interests in environmental education and conservation at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Coordinate with Fund Development efforts the research and submission of grants for education programs; manage grant funded programs for the department; Determine annual staffing needs; align functional work areas and assign responsibilities. Implement training programs as necessary for maintaining or improving professional and technical qualifications of staff.
  • Attend a variety of staff and administrative meetings and represent the programming and educational department
  • Prepare and administer operating budget for assigned area of responsibility
  • Function as the Manager in charge on assigned days
  • Support implementation of divisional responsibilities within the Park Strategic PLan
  • Maintain working knowledge of Environmental education methods and other related professional standards and trends


Implement divisional responsibilities within the departmental Strategic Planning directives and initiatives; establish divisional benchmarks and performance measurement objectives in accordance with the





  • Organization, functions and activities of the assigned department
  • Zooilogical and recreational Education Programs
  • Biological terminology
  • Wildlife conservation trends, particularly programs related to environmental stewardship and sustainable principles and best management practices
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training; ability to build a positive team environment
  • Budgeting practices regarding monitoring and control; payroll policies and procedures; personnel policies and procedures
  • Mission and goals of the organization






  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Model appropriate and effective behavior
  • Be self-aware, reflective, and cultivate personal growth
  • Handle, transport, and care of a wide variety of education animals
  • Ability to develop and give effective presentations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer
  • Budget management skills
  • Strong time-management, organization and prioritization skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Operate and maintain a variety of related tools, equipment and machinery
  • Provide work direction to others as assigned
  • Perform emergency first aid and CPR as needed and according to established guidelines



  • Professional, positive demeanor
  • Proactive, helpful, can-do attitude
  • Flexibility to adjust to dynamic work environment
  • Excellent customer service
  • Collaborative work style
  • Good ethics and integrity
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Analytical problem solving










  • Bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences, Education or related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience in the education department of a zoological park or other informal science learning center, including three years' experience in a lead or supervisory capacity. 



  • Valid Illinois driver's license.
  • Obtain a valid First Aid and CPR card within probationary period
  • Learn the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) within probationary period






  • Standard office work environment
  • Constant interruptions
  • Indoor and outdoor environment
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • In close proximity to various native animals



  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a keyboard
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Kneeling or crouching
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information
  • Seeing to read and prepare records and reports
  • Moderate lifting up to 40 pounds



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