Career as a Youth Program Coordinator

Youth Program Coordinator Career Summary

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READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

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UPDATED: 19 October 2021

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What is a Youth Program Coordinator?

A youth program coordinator is responsible for the management of educational programs to keep the youth involved and informed about specific institutions and their causes.

What does a Youth Program Coordinator do?

With which Groups of animals does a Youth Program Coordinator work?

They work with the mostly larger kinds of wildlife.

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Career Categories

The Youth Program Coordinator career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Education
  • Animal Care
  • Marine Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Zoos, Aquariums, Museums and Theme Parks

What does a Youth Program Coordinator focus on?

A Youth Program Coordinator is responsible for developing programs and strategies in line with the educational needs of an institution or animal organization, as well as the way they are presented to the youth.

The Coordinator also manages and supervises Child and Youth Workers on a daily basis.

He/she may also be responsible to coordinate the intake and work of volunteers.

What are the daily tasks of a Youth Program Coordinator?

  • Analyze youth requirements, develop programs and identify resources for same
  • Plan lessons, assignments and activities
  • Hire and train staff to promote youth programs.
  • Evaluate success of program activities
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees
  • Write reports
  • Administration and filing

The working environment of a Youth Program Coordinator

Where does a Youth Program Coordinator work?

Environment –

Most of the work will be done indoors, especially in designing lessons and activities, managing the staff, as well as coordinating the work with the rest of the managers.

They may also work a lot more with animals in designing the courses, and in helping with the actual presentations.

Places of Employment –

They work mostly in public or private organizations that have programs to educate the youth on the work they do with animals. This may include zoos, aquariums, museums, theme parks, national parks, sanctuaries, wildlife reserves.

What is the average annual salary of a Youth Program Coordinator?

They can earn a yearly average of US$38,000 per year. The salary will differ from country to country, and the level of experience.

Can a Youth Program Coordinator be promoted?

There are basic levels and the amount of promotions will depend on the years within the profession.

The possible levels:

Assistant Coordinator > Senior Coordinator > Head of Education/Outreach/Development

What difficulties can a Youth Program Coordinator face?

Most Coordinators only focus on the academic development side or management, but some do engage in a higher level of practical interaction with the animals and children. They can therefore work with difficult and sometimes dangerous animals. The work might also entail long hours and working over weekends and holidays.

Future Growth and Possibilities

Overall employment of Youth Program Coordinators is projected to grow 9%, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Which Skills are required by a Youth Program Coordinator?

The skills required for a career as a Youth Program Coordinator can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • ​Ability to design a lesson plan
  • Manage people
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Youth Program Coordinator?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum qualifications to become a teacher is generally a Bachelor’s Degree.

Study Focus

Majors –

Most Youth Program Coordinators study towards a Bachelor’s Degree in education, curriculum development, psychology or social studies. Those that want to work with animals might need to add a few animal science related subjects.

Short Courses –

Short Courses will again be determined by the field you are interested in. 

Study Duration

The duration of University Degrees are between 3 and 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Most countries do require youth program coordinators to pass a test to earn a teaching certificate.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

  • None added yet

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards the field of education.

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Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
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  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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