Conservation Education Fellowships

Allison Hague ©WCS
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Conservation Education Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students to explore conservation education in-depth. Fellows acquire the skills needed to provide a wildlife classroom that invites and fosters student-directed learning, and learn pertinent information about conservation issues with a global impact. Particular emphasis is placed on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild lands.

Two fellowship terms are available:

School term (at Bronx Zoo only) – starts mid-September and runs through mid-June; fellows must be available to work four weekdays each week, 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Additional weekend and overnight hours are also required. School year fellows must have a valid driver’s license.

Summer term (all facilities) – starts June and runs through the end of August; fellows must be able to work Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. for the entire term. Fellows have the opportunity to work at the NY Aquarium, Central Park, Queens, Prospect Park or Bronx Zoo.

Responsibilities:
Although exact responsibilities vary based on the park, fellows will help to support the summer camps at each site.  Please keep in mind that this is not your typical camp counselor role though!  You'll be working with campers age 4-17 and creating an amazing summer experience based on science-content, arts and crafts, animal visits, fun and games.

Please note that Conservation Education Fellows do not have any responsibilities with animal care, maintenance or handling.  They will be involved with the interpretation component when animals come into classrooms or during exhibit visits.

Next Steps:
To apply, please go to Conservation Education Fellowship Application and follow instructions for the on-line application system. For questions about the Fellowship, please contact wcsteachingfellow@wcs.org. 

We will review applications and notify candidates that we would like to invite to our group interviews on March 13, 21 or 25.  Please note that the application process if very competitive.

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