Conservation Culture Coordinator

Animal Care & Conservation Dallas, Texas


The Conservation Culture Coordinator is responsible for driving conservation messaging and understanding across the Dallas Zoo. The coordinator facilitates a multi-pronged engagement effort to strengthen a culture of conservation across all Dallas Zoo departments. Additionally, the coordinator helps create content and opportunities to build a culture of conservation in the Dallas Zoo’s external community.
The ideal candidate is a people-person with a strong understanding of conservation psychology, who enjoys innovating new ways to help people learn about conservation and participate in its action.

• Conservation Training Plan Facilitation
o Provide conservation training for employees, interns, and volunteers
o Develop ongoing conservation updates for all departments
o Maintain and promote the Conservation Calendar for the Dallas Zoo

• Messaging Plan Execution
o Coordinate the content of an internal monthly conservation email update
o Coordinate the content of an external monthly conservation email update
o Create consistent conservation messaging across all Dallas Zoo signage
o Update and maintain conservation content on the Dallas Zoo web site
o Assist in conservation messaging integration with external-facing departments (e.g. Development, Membership, Marketing, Education)

• Conservation Community Outreach
o Partner with multiple departments to host tables at community events, to promote the Dallas Zoo’s conservation work and participation opportunities
o Assist in developing cross-cultural events at the Dallas Zoo, where community groups can share their culture and connection to nature

• Lunch & Learn Program Coordination
o Schedule speakers from staff and conservation partners
o Promote and facilitate Lunch & Learn events

• Sustainability Master Plan Support
o Serve on the Sustainability Steering Committee
o Assist in integrating sustainability improvements and actions across the Dallas Zoo
o Assist in developing staff participation opportunities

• Conservation Campaign Coordination
o Plan and facilitate both internal and external conservation messaging campaigns, like Gorillas on the Line, Cheetahs under Pressure, Plastic-Free July, etc.

• Advocacy Messaging
o Facilitate efforts that raise awareness about pertinent Texas and/or Federal bills/actions/efforts that may impact conservation
o Partner with the Director of Conservation to engage political/community leadership about conservation issues they could support

• AZA SAFE Programs
o Serve on at least one AZA SAFE committee

• Other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
• Strong understanding of conservation biology and conservation psychology
• Strong understanding of building and delivering training plans
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office/Teams, Google Drive, Zoom, Internet, and PCs.
• Available for weekend shifts to accommodate Dallas Zoo events and training sessions
• Multi-lingual a plus

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Long periods of sedentary computer work
• Long periods of speaking/delivering training sessions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Exposure to confined spaces
• Exposure to varied outdoor sun, wind, temperature, humidity or wetness
• Large crowds
• Office may be loud at times with frequent interruptions
• Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment