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March 02, 2012

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo: News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                
March 2, 2012       



BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo searches for new Volunteer Coordinator

BATON ROUGE, La.-BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce an opening for volunteer coordinator at the Zoo.

 SALARY: $22,303.00 annual starting plus full benefits. This is a six month introductory appointment. Satisfactory completion of introductory period is required prior to full-time staff appointment.

REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or equivalent and associates degree in Communications, public relations or business with some science course work; Graduation from an accredited 4 year college or university in Education, Business management or administration, or any closely related preferred; Valid LA driver's license; 2 years volunteer management experience or relevant zoo/ museum customer service experience; Excellent interpersonal/ organizational skills; Willingness to handle animals; Ability to effectively communicate both orally and written; Knowledge of general office practices and basic computer skills.

DUTIES: Recruits and screens volunteers based upon Zoo and Education Department needs; Organizes and implements volunteer orientation and training sessions; Directs and monitors daily activities of volunteer and docent staff; Evaluates volunteers' performance and uses awards and recognition program; Maintains information dialogue with volunteers via email, phone and mail; Maintains volunteer records, events calendar and newsletter; Conducts education programs on and off-site; Assists Education Department with program development; Updates volunteer handbooks and training manuals as needed; Networks with other community volunteer organizations; Represents the Education Department at special events; Coordinates volunteers from organizations outside the Zoo to help with special events; Assists with the daily operations of the Education Department; Schedules field trips and Education Programs as needed; other duties as assigned.

APPLICATIONS: Available in the Human Resources Department at 6201 Florida Blvd.

About the Zoo:

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.


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Adults and Teens: $8.25

Seniors: $7.25

Children 2-12: $5.25

1 & under: FREE



Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.



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