Outreach and Education Manager
The Outreach and Education Manager plays a significant role in promoting Tamarack Wildlife Center’s mission of caring for injured wildlife in order to enable their return to the wild, and sharing inspiring education to promote appreciation and understanding of wildlife. Tamarack Wildlife Center (TWC) seeks an outgoing, enthusiastic team member with skills in education, social media, marketing and fundraising. The Outreach and Education Manager will develop electronic communications including a monthly e-newsletter, create social media posts, and assist with outreach events. They will develop and deliver education programs about wildlife and the work of the center to audiences of all ages, in collaboration with other staff. As needed, typically in summer months, the Outreach and Education Manager will be trained to assist with wildlife patient feedings and care.
TWC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989 and has gradually expanded its work over the past 30 years. Located in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, the center treats over 1000 wildlife patients a year from a multi-county region, and reaches 5-8000 people through education programs featuring eight non-releasable raptors and two reptiles. The Center specializes in the treatment of raptors but admits other birds and non-rabies vector species as time, funds, and space allow. Overseen by a board of directors and an Executive Director who is also a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, the Center is growing as a result of staff passion, volunteer dedication, and public support. TWC seeks an outgoing, enthusiastic person to join the center for a challenging and rewarding full-time position.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Design and implement a monthly e-newsletter and other electronic communications for supporters of TWC.
- Draft and schedule Facebook, Instagram and other social media posts.
- Update the website as needed.
- Stay abreast of current trends and best practices for non-profit communications.
- Assist in grant writing and administration.
- Assist in designing and implementing outreach, fundraising, and supporter appreciation events.
- Interact with the media and government representatives when requested or the situation requires.
- As appropriate, photograph patient treatment and education programs for use in outreach materials.
- With the ED, create and implement an annual calendar for communications.
- Provide general support to other staff: interacting with the public, fundraising efforts, and general support of TWC special projects.
- Other duties as needed. This is an evolving position in an evolving center!
- Deliver wildlife education programs for all ages and audiences.
- Schedule and invoice education programs.
- Arrange for photography of education programs for use in promotional materials.
- Compile and track program statistics and program evaluations.
- Develop education program content and outlets.
- Outreach to schools, teachers, home schoolers and others for program development.
- Develop support materials, assessment tools and other elements as needed.
- Learn to handle ambassador wildlife using operant conditioning techniques, from other staff.
- As needed, participate in food preparation, feeding, individual appropriate enrichment, health care protocols, and enclosure sanitation of wildlife patients and ambassador animals.
- Once trained to do so, monitor the health of ambassador animals (feet, feathers, beak, equipment, etc.). Document any issues and communicate with other staff.
- When other staff are not available, admit patients, ensuring intake information is completed by the rescuer.
Qualifications and Experience
- Baccalaureate degree, preferably in communications, journalism, education or a related field. Other majors will be considered with sufficient experience or additional qualifications.
- 2-5 years experience in conservation education including teaching, curriculum development, or a similar combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated experience using internet and social networking tools for education and outreach. HTML coding and basic website design skills are desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and implement new programs.
- Experience with graphic design is highly desirable.
- Strong interest in wildlife, the environment, and conservation.
- Knowledge of wildlife conservation issues, ability to articulate them and inspire participation.
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Must be an enthusiastic, efficient, creative, flexible, adaptable self-starter with good time management skills. Should be open to new opportunities and responsibilities and actively seek to creatively engage the public in new ways.
- Professional appearance and demeanor for both workplace and donor interactions.
- Ability to organize, set goals, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively.
- Facility with office productivity tools, such as email, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
- Legally entitled to work in the USA and undergo a criminal record check.
- English fluency.
- Good stamina and health.
- Capable of lifting 25 pounds and able to stand, bend, lift, reach and work in all types of outdoor conditions, including deep snow.
- Must be vaccinated for tetanus and COVID with a COVID booster.
- Valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.
Preferred Skills and Abilities
- General knowledge of scientific concepts and environmental issues.
- Familiarity working with animals, either domestic or wild.
- Experience using operant conditioning, non-coercive animal training.
- Relevant leadership roles, internships, volunteer work, hobbies and organizational memberships will be considered as supportive experience.
- Salary is $37,300 which includes a stipend toward health care costs. 40+/- hours/week. Hours may be dynamic pending wildlife caseload and education program schedule.
- Schedule includes weekend and holiday work.
- Annual stipend for professional development.
Please email a cover letter, resume with contact information for three references as a pdf attachment, along with an example of writing or media communication, and a sample education program outline to:
Please put “Outreach and Education Manager position” in the subject line. Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by April 1, 2022. Start Date: negotiable