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Education Program Manager

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Visit UMN employee site to apply, job ID 339614

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This position manages TRC’s education program, helping to create and execute the department’s strategic vision by developing innovative outreach offerings using a collection of 30 raptor ambassadors and supervising 3-4 full-time staff (naturalists and curator of raptor ambassadors), a collection of part-time staff, and a cohort of volunteers.

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Essential functions

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  • Creating/executing a short term and long-term strategic vision for the education department
  • Supervising team employees (directing activities, scheduling, mentoring, performance management, hiring)
  • Partnership development and expanding TRC’s network with internal and external stakeholders, including working with school systems and K-12 education programs
  • Curriculum development for instructional programs, workshops, on-line content
  • Planning, implementing, and conducting educational programs for diverse audiences
  • Leading medium-sized grant-sponsored education initiatives through to successful execution, including managing project budgets
  • Assisting in grant writing
  • Meeting program revenue goals and working with leadership to manage the education budget
  • Overseeing general daily operations of the education department (to include meeting all permit requirements and University regulations)
  • Modifying practices and procedures to improve efficiency and quality
  • Participating on TRC’s Leadership Team
  • Other duties as assigned


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  • BA/BS in relevant field with a minimum of 6 years post-degree experience or advanced degree and 4 years experience
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience in planning, leading, and coordinating projects
  • Experience in developing sustainable partnerships with internal and external partners
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, excel, Power point); ability to create reports and presentations


  • Animal curation experience
  • Knowledge of raptor behavior, ecology, or other related field
  • Experience in grant writing and management

About The Raptor Center

Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center (TRC) rehabilitates 900-1000 sick and injured raptors annually while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. TRC is an internationally renowned education facility that trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation. In addition, The Raptor Center’s education team includes a collection of ambassador animals to further conservation goals through tours and a variety of programming at on and offsite venues. TRC reaches approximately 150,000 people annually through its unique public outreach offerings.

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University of Minnesota student positions

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Summer Camp Instructor

Summer Camp Instructor - Job ID 339571

The summer camp instructor will be trained in the spring to handle raptors, present educational programs, give public tours, and learn the summer camp curriculum. During this time this position will also assist staff in the daily tasks of the Education Department including but not limited to preparing diets; feeding birds; cleaning and maintaining housing, perching, and equipment; and assisting volunteers.

Summer Communications Intern

Summer Communications Intern - Job ID 339619

This position supports the Communications team at The Raptor Center on the St. Paul campus, and is responsible for creating, collaborating on, and strategizing public facing images, videos, and text. This position is open to current University of Minnesota students who have an interest or are on a track involving communications, marketing, public outreach, education, or related field. This is a great opportunity for those who also have an interest in the environment, wildlife, or conservation.

Student Outreach Programmer

Student Outreach Programmer - Job ID 339534

The student outreach programmer will be responsible for presenting educational outreach programs to the general public using live raptors (eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons). When not presenting offsite programs, this position will present onsite online programs and assist staff in the daily tasks of the Education Department including but not limited to preparing diets; feeding birds; cleaning and maintaining housing, perching, and equipment; and assisting volunteers.