Community Liaison

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Award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting the standard for zoos all over the world. We connect people with wildlife and hit them in the heart with a visceral reminder of what’s at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. That means our conservation efforts start right here at the zoo and in our community.

Join us on our mission to save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.


Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join a dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Community Engagement Coordinator on the Community Engagement team. There is one limited duration (through October 31, 2019) grant funded full-time, benefited position to be filled at this time. The salary is $19/ hr. plus a competitive benefits package.


The Community Engagement Coordinator will focus on our Seattle Youth Climate Action Network program and work with staff, teen leaders, and community partners to further our efforts to empower Seattle-area youth to address climate change in our community through education, leadership and action. This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (SYCAN), which includes supporting internal and external communications, scheduling meetings and events, meeting facilitation, planning and coordinating year round activities for teens and community, and assisting with grant logistics.

This position serves as a key role in supporting the departments work to increase access and inclusion for underserved communities through partnerships and the SYCAN program goals. Responsibilities of this position include promotion and outreach communications to ensure that program opportunities reach a broad, diverse audience of potential participants. This position works in close collaboration with the Community Engagement Supervisor, SYCAN Steering Committee members, SYCAN Youth Leadership Committee members, as well as other zoo staff and community partners.

The idea candidate will have experience in project coordination, group facilitation, youth development programing, climate change education and/or climate justice work, and community engagement with diverse audiences.


  • Coordinate Seattle Youth Climate Action Network program functions, events, logistics and activities
  • Serve as lead staff for specialists, instructors/presenters, and youth interns.
  • Work with stakeholders to build a program structure that supports youth-led projects and programming.
  • Mentor and support teens in SYCAN
  • Schedule and present engaging programs, events, experiences and activities to teens and audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds.
  • Coordinate, develop and facilitate trainings for teens, volunteers and program participants.
  • Coordinate research, development, revision and dissemination of program supporting materials
  • Perform program communications, including email, texting, social media, and web development and maintenance
  • Support supervisory team in maintenance of internal and external partnerships
  • Build and maintain relationships with teens and community partners
  • Use Asset Based Community Development tools to support the group process of the Steering Committee and the Youth Leadership Team
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment in diverse communities in the Seattle area
  • Integrate an equity framework into all aspects of programming
  • Perform necessary administrative work, including tracking and managing program data, recording meeting minutes, etc.
  • Support with fundraising and donor relations
  • Support evaluation of programs and project elements.
  • Collect and report statistics and prepare reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


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 ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lead and be a positive role model and mentor for staff and volunteers
  • Possess strong organizational skills, be able to meet deadlines and suggest and deal with changes in operation protocol
  • Must be able to work independently and manage projects with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to create and lead processes related to collaborative program development and coordination of team members
  • Ability to hold many relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to develop and present creative, mission driven programming
  • Possess knowledge of ecology, climate change, and/or conservation
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends and evenings
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values


Bachelor’s degree (B. A. or B.S.) from an accredited four-year college or university and 2 years related experience or four to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid Washington State Driver License


Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications; particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct Internet research.


Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the community. Ability to communicate clearly and completely both verbally and in writing.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Attending meetings may require relocating to buildings anywhere within the 92-acre campus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Application Directions:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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