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PHENND Fellows - Phila Zoo Neighborhood Conservation Coord
As America’s first Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo has been a pioneer in animal care and conservation for over a century. Home to more than 1,900 rare and endangered animals, the Zoo continues to reach new heights, offer award-winning animal exhibits, education and conservation programs, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and exceptional guest services while uniquely housed in the West Philadelphia community situated nearby Fairmount Park and many prominent local cultural institutions. For years the Zoo has organically and strategically partnered with neighborhood organizations on local conservation efforts, economic mobility efforts, shared sustainable practices and collaboratively advanced entrepreneurial projects directly on site at the Zoo. In addition to these efforts the Zoo has positioned their Community Access Program to ease and increase access to the Zoo for its nearest neighbors. The Zoo’s immediate neighborhoods—Mantua, Belmont, Parkside and Brewerytown – are among the most challenged by socio-economic conditions. Poverty in Philadelphia remains among the highest of major U.S. cities at 26 percent—but in our surrounding communities, the poverty rate is a staggering 45%. Accessibility for our nearest neighbors is one of the Zoo’s top priorities. In addition to easing and increasing accessibility, conservation and environmental justice issues are local and global concerns. While the Zoo supports and funds efforts on several continents, we must also uplift and acknowledge our own backyard. Strategies to achieve this include co-designed and co-led community specific programming and conservation efforts, partnerships increasing job opportunities and entrepreneurial efforts, and additional collective impact as identified with neighborhood partners.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will support the Philadelphia Zoo’s vision to be an integral part of our local community by: 1. Continuing to find unique and productive ways to increase access to the Zoo; 2. Co-designing and facilitating neighborhood programming with neighborhood partners; 3. Increase awareness of job opportunities, resources and entrepreneurial business opportunities at the Zoo with neighborhood partners; 4. Identify and support goals and projects neighborhood organizations seek resources for when there is mission alignment or obvious benefit to our shared neighborhoods, ie. Conservation and/or environmental justice efforts. The VISTA will immediately provide support to existing programs such as the Neighborhood Membership model, West Philadelphia Zoo Scholars and Community Access Program initiatives with a goal to identify ways to sustain and expand these programs while simultaneously identifying additional ways the Zoo can achieve our vision to provide increased community support.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  SEPTA Monthly Transportation Pass ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Health ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
advanced inter-personal skills ,  Environment ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Youth Development ,  Urban Planning . 
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PHENND Fellows - Phila Zoo Neighborhood Conservation Coord

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2023  -   07/31/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  

Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2023  To  05/31/2023 

Contact Roslynn Blount
3440 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19104

Listing ID 117068