Greenville High School High Tech students found themselves in "The World of Work "among lions, tigers, bears, and many other exotic animals'" at The Atlanta Zoo. The educational excursion was one that will not be easily forgotten.
Upon their arrival the students were greeted by two of the zoologists, Jess and Lucy who are employees at the zoo. They conduct research and promote educational advancement for the wellbeing or the animals in zoos. They explained that their jobs are rewarding because of their love for animals and very exciting because they get to be a part of something new and different every day.
As the students started the journey through the jungle, they were surprised to learn how many careers it takes to care for just one animal alone. Jess explained that each living species requires different needs to make their life and living habitat conducive and much like what living would be like in the wild. Engineers must study and design living quarters so that the animals will have a sense of home versus confinement. To keep the animals stimulated their surroundings must be altered very often from adding manipulatives to creating games for the animals.
The tour guide shared that the careers at the zoo are endless. Lucy named jobs like maintenance, dieticians, researchers, biologists, store clerks, ticket masters, and construction engineers and artist. She stressed that if a person enjoys being around animals that the lack of formal training or degrees should not hinder you from a career at a zoo. The job ranges start from entry level to executive positions.
She encouraged students to use The Atlanta Zoo Website to research the different careers and the job projections. This field trip was an adventure for All!
The Georgia High School High Tech Program is a comprehensive community-based program providing youth with disabilities a link to academic and career-development experiences that enable them to successfully meet the workforce demands of the 21st century.