Department: Education
Reports To: Education Programs Manager, Director of Education

The Learning Pawd Instructor’s primary task is to educate camp participants aged 7-17 years old and maintain safety of all campers. Instructors will help guide students and keep them on task as they work on their school assignments. Instructors may also present live animals including reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates during programs. Instructors will manage classroom activities and provide clear communication with parents of campers. They may also assist in various activities such as snack time, lunch time, games, etc.

Responsibilities

  • Maintains and leads classroom of up to 10 children during Learning Pawd hours.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents of Learning Pawd participants.
  • Create a fun, enjoyable, and safe experience for children through games, activities, and animal presentations.
  • Guide and assist students as they study and work on their assigned school activities.
  • Set up and break down classroom for activities.
  • Supervise activities and monitor children’s behaviors to ensure safety and appropriateness
  • Communicate with co-workers, parents and AAWL & SPCA employees and volunteers effectively and professionally.
  • Assist in the husbandry and caregiving of education animals, if applicable.
  • Must be willing to learn how to handle animals such as ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, snakes, lizards, and invertebrates, if applicable.
  • Remains up to date on current emergency procedures and policies
  • Maintains the policies, procedures, and ideals of AAWL & SPCA.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Must be able to work Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, from 7:30am-12:00pm, and/or 12:00pm-5:30pm, with possible  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of teaching methods to accommodate students’ varied learning processes. Skilled in lesson planning and presentation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Knowledge of animal welfare issues; highly motivated toward promoting animal welfare and protection.
  • Ability to perform well under pressure.
  • Ability to work well with and motivate volunteers, both adult and teen.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • May be required to sit, stand, and maintain physical activity for extended periods of time.
  • Must be alert at all times with children’s safety in mind.
  • Must exhibit patience and understanding.

Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degree or pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of education, zoology, biology, recreation, or similar
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety at http://www.azdps.gov/services/fingerprint/ 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Patience and sense of humor a must
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to follow instructions

To Apply for This Position

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to kdougherty@aawl.org

Employment Details

Disclaimers:

  • Must complete successful drug screen
  • All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions are subject to reasonable accommodation. The AAWL & SPCA promotes an equal employment opportunity work place which includes reasonable accommodation of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees. Please see your manager should you have any questions about this policy or these job duties.
  • This job description may not be all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by management. Job descriptions and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.