Program Positions

Humane Educator
Part-Time: 10–12 hours per week during school year; weekday evenings and weekends
Opportunity for up to 20–25 hours per week during summer; weekdays
Reports to Humane Education Program Manager

Hinsdale Humane Society’s Humane Education Program teaches children and adults to respect, protect, and understand the animals that share our world. The program focuses on animal welfare, practicing safe interactions with animals and encourages compassion and inclusivity.

The Humane Educator is responsible for presenting programs and information reaching people of all ages, particularly grade school through high school, concerning the welfare of animals consistent with the mission, philosophy, and values of Hinsdale Humane Society.

This position is the educational duties of the day-to-day program needs and events, which has the opportunity to extend to camps (winter, spring, and summer), special events, and birthday parties. Additionally, flexible hours are required to accommodate the wide range of scheduling needs of programming.

Primary Responsibilities

  •  Coordinates and implements Animal Advocate Academy (AAA) programs for ages 7–12. Program runs duration of the school year only, from September through May (two evenings per week and Saturday morning).
  • Supervises teens in Pawsitive Impact program, a service program for ages 13–14. Program runs duration of the school year only, from September through May (one evening per week).
  • Implements camps (winter, spring, and summer) and assists with additional camps as needed.
  • Implements birthday parties at the shelter for AAA members and the general public when birthday party coordinator cannot; supported by Humane Education Program Manager as needed.
  • Assists Humane Education Program Manager with educational community events.
  • Assists in the creation of new curriculums for audiences of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • Ensures that educational programs are culturally sensitive and applicable to the needs of the community. Addresses sensitive issues within the education setting with the highest degree of discretion, judgment, empathy, and professionalism.
  • Teaches members of the public how to interact with animals in a compassionate and considerate way.
  • Supervises the safety of education program participants.
  • Supervises and motivates volunteers.
  • Works with animals of varying sizes and temperaments, handling individual animals in a caring and respectful manner, under the direction of the Intake and Animal Care Director.
  • Communicates a positive image of Hinsdale Humane Society.
  • Reports issues needing immediate attention to the Humane Education Program Manager.
  • Provides support and information to other departments, as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skilled in lesson planning and presentation.
  • Knowledgeable of teaching methods to accommodate students’ varied learning processes.
  • Acquire and possess a thorough understanding and dedication to the philosophies of animal welfare.
  • Demonstrates patience and compassion for humans and animals alike.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and effective working relationships with other staff, volunteers, and community members.
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the Humane Education Program.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. There may be occasional wet floors, animal noises, odors, and dander. Most time will be spent in a typical air-conditioned and heated office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.