Conservation Education Fellowship FAQs

When are the fellowships available?

School Year Fellowship (Bronx Zoo only): The school year fellowship begins mid-September and runs through mid-June. School year fellows are required to work four weekdays each week, from 9:00am – 2:30pm. Additional weekend and overnight hours are also required. School year fellows must have a valid driver's license.

Summer Fellowship (all 5 WCS parks): The summer fellowship starts at the beginning of June and runs through the end of August. Summer fellows must be able to work Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm for the entire summer.

How do I apply?

Please apply at our WCS Career Search site by clicking here.

Postings for all 5 parks are listed on the site, and you will need to apply for each site that you're interested in. If this is the first time you're applying for a job at WCS, you'll need to create an account.

When should I apply?

School term applications need to be received by June 30th to be considered for positions starting in September of that calendar year. Summer applications need to be received by March 1 to be considered for that calendar year. If we're interested in moving forward with you, group interviews will begin in late February.

Is housing available?

We do not provide housing for teaching fellows. Any candidates needing to relocate to accept a fellowship position would be responsible for locating their own housing.

Are they paid positions?

There may be changes from one Fellowship Season to the next, but Conservation Education Fellows are currently paid an hourly wage of $14/hour.

How many positions are available?

There are generally 2 positions available for the Academic Year Fellowship and 3-12 for the Summer Fellowship at each site.

Are college credits available?

Teaching fellows who are interested in receiving school credit need to arrange that through their college/university. Depending upon the college/university's requirements, WCS Education Department staff can assist with supporting documentation. This is reviewed on a case by case basis.

What are the primary responsibilities of a conservation education fellow?

The primary responsibilities of a school term fellow include teaching on-site school programs, assisting instructors in lesson plan and materials development, and general office work. The primary responsibilities of a summer fellow are teaching on-site summer programs and completing associated tasks that support daily logistics.

What qualifications do I need to have to be considered for a fellowship position?

Candidates should have a strong academic background in one or more of the following areas – zoology, ecology, conservation biology, and education. Experience working with children in either formal or informal settings preferred. The ability to confidently teach science content to a variety of audiences and an interest in wildlife conservation are essential.

Who would I be working with?

Conservation Education fellows work most closely with and are supervised by the Education Department's full-time instructional staff along with the Manager of Education for each site

Is there contact with animals?

During the school year term only, teaching fellows are trained on how to handle and present a variety of animals from the Zoo's tractable animal collection.

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