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$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Educator II

Date Posted
September 1, 2021
Type
Full Time

Job Details

Reports To: Education Programs Manager
Status: Non Exempt

PURPOSE OF POSITION

Under the direction of the Education Programs Manager, this position is responsible for developing, leading, promoting and evaluating programs and activities to promote the Zoo’s mission, goals and objectives; and create a positive learning experience for all ages.

This is a permanent, full time position. Employees must be available to work a flexible schedule with an average of 40 hours per week. Evenings and weekends are required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following duties are normal for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Lead Educator: serve as a lead educator for onsite and offsite programming. This requires a strong knowledge of program content, the ability to teach to varying age levels, and the skill and comfortability to handle various types of animals, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Primary types of programming include day camps, early childhood programs, community outreach, virtual programs, classroom programs and adult programming; as well as visitor engagement opportunities throughout the Zoo.

Program Development and Evaluation: works collaboratively with the Education Programs Manager in proactively seeking opportunities for revenue generation. Assist the Education Programs team in the development of new programming and curriculum. Assist with administering program evaluations, as well as maintaining accurate statistics for all programs.

Other responsibilities: The Educator II will perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will assist the Education Programs Manager with supervisory responsibilities for seasonal staff, interns and volunteers.

 

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting
  2. Knowledge of techniques and methods in teaching life science along with informal education
  3. Experience or strong desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, especially children
  4. Understanding of, or has the ability to research, all applicable topics as they relate to modern zoological management, operations of an attraction and customer service.
  5. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to collaborate effectively with other zoo departments.
  6. Effective multitasking, observation, and time management skills
  7. Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols.

COMPETENCIES

  1. Resourceful – Understanding of, or has the ability to research all applicable topics as they relate to modern zoological management, operations of an attraction and customer service.
  2. Flexible – Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintaining composure in an environment that can be stressful.
  3. Independent – Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  4. Positive – Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships to grow and develop team members. Must know and practice SWEET leadership values.
  5. Organized – Quality organizational skills, attention to detail, high level of accuracy.
  6. Clear communication skills, both verbal and written
  7. Customer-oriented – Must be able to exercise professional customer service skills at all times, with many different types of people and all situations.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor degree from a 4-year college or university in education, environmental interpretation, animal ecology, zoology or related field and at least two years’ experience working in a school, education department at a zoo, museum or informal learning center. Any equivalent combination in which education and experience are interchangeable at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience is acceptable.

LANGUAGE ABILITY

Strong public speaking, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required. Candidates should be able to effectively communicate to all ages of visitors including children and parents, volunteers and staff. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

LICENCES/CERTIFICATES

Motor vehicle license
Proof of current vehicle insurance
Ability to obtain:

  • First Aid/CPR Training
  • Universal Precautions
  • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)
  • Medication Administration
  • Safe Food Handler

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift and move items up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures below 20 degrees and above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Ability to move around zoo grounds for extend periods of time
  • Ability to drive or travel in vehicles for up to 4 hours at a time, no more than 10 hours in a day

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TO APPLY

Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach a cover letter and resume.

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