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30+ days ago

Certified Pesticide Applicator

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

for the implementation of Wildlife Conservation Society''s (WCS) integrated pest management program. WCS pest management section is responsible for… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Childrens Zoo Associate - Bronx Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

may include but are not limited to: * Remain at assigned posts to enforce rules and participate in the educational aspect of interpretive… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Pathology/Molecular Diagnostics Technician

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

Assist in all aspects of daily necropsy procedures, including tissue preparation for histologic analysis. Assist with/perform routine molecular… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Development Intern, Global Resources Patrons Program

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

The Global Resources department of the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is looking for a student or recent graduate interested in… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Financial Manager

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

X Financial Review o Review and analysis of financial reporting from field/project office for X Completeness X Accuracy X Compliance with WCS… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Senior Grant Manager

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

Grant and Contracts '' Supervise the review of concepts papers, applications and agreement conditions '' Provide guidance and recommendations on… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Sr. Program Officer, Conservation Operations

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

'Provide WCS budget and grant expense tracking support to the CS Program Manager. Ensure the timely preparation of budgets, budget modifications and… Beyond.com

26 days ago

Urban Advantage Program Administrator

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

may include but are not limited to: * Process staff requests for program supply orders; tracks orders for deliver; and maintains accurate records… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Temporary Assistant Manager - BZ Field Restaurant

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

** Temporary Assistant Manager leads the daily operation of multiple assigned areas ensuring that all associates and supervisors provide superior… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Ride Associate

Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx, NY

include but are not limited to: * Providing excellent service to guests, including maintaining general knowledge of park attractions and amenities… Beyond.com

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    Love the mission - but you won't stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society


    This organization has an admirable mission and does fantastic work. It has been around for more than one hundred years (it was formerly known as the New York Zoological Society or NYZS). WCS is in a relatively stable financial position and will not go "belly up" the next time its endowment takes a hit - so your position is probably safe unless the stock market repeats its 2008 fall.

    As a full-time employee, your benefits will be excellent. The health insurance is fantastic, the vacation, sick, and holiday time are generous, and you get access to the CIRS retirement plan - which means that when you leave, if you go to another CIRS organization the 401k and other related benefits go with you.

    To a certain extent, you will receive the psychic benefit of working for a good cause. If you work on-site, you'll be able to visit the zoo or aquarium animals during your lunch break and will work in surprisingly beautiful surroundings.

    Having WCS on your resume is a plus because it's such a large, mature, and well-respected organization. If you are talented at picking up new skills on your own, you will gain valuable experience for the next step in your career.


    These cons are necessarily specific to a department that has pervasive problems: Global Resources (the fundraising/development department). In fact, if you ask about this department in the fundraising/development circle, you will hear about some of its more infamous incidents.

    You will benefit from having WCS on your resume. What you will not benefit from, in all likelihood, is any kind of on the job training. New employees are expected to flounder their way along until they figure out how to use the donor database and other necessary hardware and software. It will probably take a few months to figure out who reports to who outside of the department, and in particular "who's the assistant for that VP?" An employee handbook has been in the works for quite some time now.

    Morale tends to be extremely low, which shows in the exceptionally high turnover. The department often has upwards of 6 open positions, some of which have been vacant for months as the hiring process is often quite slow. While there is room for upward movement, it is usually among those employees who are already mid-level within the department.

    Promotions tend to be non-transparent and inconsistent; while some employees receive them with no apparent effort or increase in workload, others are given specific tasks to accomplish...and then the run-around for months until they tire of the process and leave for another department or another organization altogether.

    Professionalism and respect are both spotty; many employees receive little indication that they are valued for anything other than the particular task they are performing. For the most part, your time and effort are not particularly important to anyone but yourself, and unless you fit into the "easy promotion" category mentioned above, extra effort won't mean much for your salary, either. If you are VERY lucky, your supervisor might actually fight for you and help you develop your potential.

    Transparency and communication are huge issues. The department has a problem with both intra- and inter-departmental communication, such that employees tend to hear important pieces of information through the grapevine. Department executives have trouble making decisions in a timely manner, so much so that they at times seem paralyzed for months by the thought of making the wrong decision.

    Last, but not least: you will be underpaid, unless you're close to the top of the "food chain". Then you will be generously compensated for your work.

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    Learn from your mistakes: this department makes the same mistake over and over again, without ever taking real steps to remedy the situation for next time. Your employees are leaving you in droves, surely there's a reason and a remedy.

    Be transparent: a little communication goes a long way.

    Train your managers and correct them when necessary: the capability of the department's mid-level managers is really very inconsistent. Some will, as mentioned above, fight for their employees. Others will treat their underlings so poorly that your other employees will comment.

    Be decisive: I get it. It's hard to make a fast decision when so much is riding on it. But paralysis only breeds discontent and a lack of confidence among the people you supervise.

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