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Omaha Zoo Foundation STEM Career Ladder VISTA
The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife and Conservation Park is a 501 c3 managed by the Omaha Zoo Foundation. The park was established in 1998 on 440 acres of land in Ashland, Nebraska to be utilized as a drive through park displaying Native North American animal species. Over the years the park has grown to include hiking trails and educational programming. In 2021, the Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center was establish to start the process of creating a permanent education department. The VISTA member serving at the Wildlife Safari Park will be responsible for strengthening and diversifying youth and adult volunteer educational programming. They will recruit and train volunteers and develop new inclusive and free educational programming at the Wildlife Safari Park to reach low income individuals living in Saunders County. Volunteer led conservation education programs at the Wildlife Safari Park will include interpretive talks, education stations throughout the park, and outreach programs at schools. The VISTA member will also help create a STEM career ladder for volunteers, which will allow a diverse group of youth and young adult volunteers to learn valuable career skills and have a direct pipeline to paid STEM careers. The VISTA member will benefit from year round membership to both the Wildlife Safari Park and Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. They will have the opportunity to participate in conservation education professional development and shadow a wide variety of education programming for all ages.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will strengthen and diversify the volunteer program at the Wildlife Safari Park by recruiting, training, and overseeing both youth and adult volunteers. They will identify the STEM educational needs of both the Wildlife Safari Park and surrounding communities to develop volunteer opportunities and will create volunteer led STEM educational programming for low-income and diverse audiences. The VISTA member will also work with staff and volunteers to create a STEM career ladder that allows youth volunteers to eventually gain access to joining the workforce at the Wildlife Safari Park. Promotion, recruitment, interviewing, selection, initial training, motivation, and retention for volunteer programs at the Wildlife Safari Park. Coordination of schedules, resources, and supplies for volunteer groups. Create and facilitate communication, curriculum, training, and continuing education for volunteer groups. Maintenance and upkeep of volunteer records through Volgistics.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Youth Development . 
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Omaha Zoo Foundation STEM Career Ladder VISTA

Program Start/End Date
07/05/2022  -   07/05/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEBRASKA  

Accepting Applications
From  12/03/2021  To  08/07/2022 

Contact Jocelyn Harrison
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Omaha   NE   68107

Listing ID 108630