Job Openings and Employment Opportunities at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo is always looking to add to our team of dedicated and hardworking employees.

A great place to work, we are strongly committed to being a workplace free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. There are a variety of employment opportunities and job openings throughout the year. Whether you like to work with animals or people; indoors or outdoors... there's something for everyone!

SEASONAL ZOOCAMP INSTRUCTOR
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. This is a day camp program without overnight activities.

SALARY: $12.55 - $15, DOE

START DATE: 35 hours of mandatory planning/training June 6-10; position begins June 13 and runs through August 12, 2016.

END DATE: August 12, 2016

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for young children and animals. Prior experience working with elementary school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is especially desirable. For summer 2016, we have seven open positions working with our campers in grades PreK-5th. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades PreK-5th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-15 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to animals and nature through science projects, art, games, exploration and observation.
  3. Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology (based on the given theme).
  4. Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.
  5. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  6. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credentials desirable, high school diploma required.)
  • Experience working with children in an educational setting required
  • Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  • Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens
  • Experience camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Training in wilderness survival skills preferred
  • Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of children
  • Ability to maintain a safe environment
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Dependability and promptness
  • Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry more than 50 lbs
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)
  • Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High School diploma required, teaching credential(s) desirable.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Experience working with children in an educational setting

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to llow@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to use "ZooCamp Instructor" in your subject line! (Failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party.)

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open until filled


SEASONAL WILD SURVIVOR INSTRUCTOR
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. This is a day camp program without overnight activities.

SALARY: $12.55-15.50/hour, DOE

START DATE: June 6, 2016

END DATE: August 12, 2016

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for tweens/preteens and the outdoors. Prior experience working with middle school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Personal experience hiking, camping, backpacking, and with wilderness survival skills is especially desirable. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is also a plus. For summer 2016, we have one open position working with our Wild Survivor program. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades 6th-8th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-12 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to survival skills such as water collection, fire building, shelter building, plant identification and orienteering.
  3. Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology (based on the given theme).
  4. Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.
  5. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.
  6. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desireable, high school diploma required.)
  • Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting required
  • Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  • Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens
  • Experience camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Training in wilderness survival skills preferred
  • Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of preteen participants
  • Ability to maintain a safe environment
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Dependability and promptness
  • Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)
  • Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High School diploma required, teaching credential(s) desirable.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Experience camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to llow@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • PLEASE NOTE: Application should be emailed to llow@oaklandzoo.org address posted

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
open until filled


Human Resource Director
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Regular Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

SALARY: 80K

START DATE: As soon as possible

END DATE: Open untill filled

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
The Director, Human Resources reports to the CFO and is responsible for directing all of the people functions of Oakland Zoo in accordance with the policies and practices of the Zoo and other regulatory authorities governing the Zoo and non-profit institutions. The Director, Human Resources will also be responsible for positioning the Zoo as a nonprofit employer of choice by taking into account policies, practices and trends within the Zoo and cultural attractions community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the Zoo's human resource function and performance.
  2. Participate in the development of the Zoo's plans and programs as a strategic partner, particularly from the perspective of the impact on people.
  3. Translate the strategic and tactical plans into HR strategic and operational plans.
  4. Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning of new programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items impact the attraction, motivation, development and retention of human resources.
  5. Develop staffing strategies and implementation plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the Zoo for positions of responsibility. Identify appropriate and effective external sources for candidates for all levels within the Zoo.
  6. Develop progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs while managing the administration of all benefit plans.
  7. Develop programs to allow the Zoo to embrace applicants and employees of all backgrounds and to permit the full development and performance of all employees.
  8. Develop human resource planning models to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and develop specific programs for the filling of the gaps.
  9. Continually assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant comparable nonprofits.
  10. Ensure all aspects of the Zoo's performance management system are well executed in a timely manner.
  11. Establish credibility throughout the Zoo with management and the employees in order to be an effective listener and problem solver of people issues.
  12. Develop appropriate policies and programs for effective management of the people resources of the Zoo. Included in this area, but not limited to are programs for employee relations, recruiting and training of new employees, affirmative action, employee harassment, employee complaints, and external education and career development.
  13. Manage the human resource information systems for critical analyses of the HR function and the people resources of the Zoo. Working knowledge of ADP and ADP's HRB system.
  14. Manage other areas such as employee communication, employee safety and health, and workers' compensation.
  15. Creates, updates and implements personnel policies and procedures for the Zoo. Authors and revises employee handbook as needed.
  16. Supports compensation function by working collaboratively with payroll and accounting, updating and rewriting job descriptions as needed, and supporting the employee review and evaluation process. Assists management staff in coordinating annual performance reviews.
  17. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior.
  18. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Human Resources Capacity
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Business Acumen
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Technical Capacity
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • California and federal employment laws

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • Masters degree or equivalent; or 10 to 15 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced HR certification(s) desirable.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Appropriate industry experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to scoleman@oaklandzoo.org

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open untill filled


On-Call Education Specialist Level 1
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Regular Part-time

DAYS/HOURS: Saturday and Sunday, Year round 8:30am-5:00pm 16 Hours

SALARY: $13.00-$15.00 DOE

START DATE: As soon as possible

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
On-Call Education Specialists provide interactive, entertaining, high-quality delivery of the Oakland Zoo's Education programs. In addition to teaching and communicating with program participants, the Education Specialist may assist in the design of curriculum in accordance with and supporting the Zoo's & Education's mission. This position is PT, weekends only. May have opportunities to work some overnights or evenings. This person will uphold the mission and values established by the East Bay Zoological Society (the "Zoo") and adhere to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo and the Education Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach approximately 85% of work time; 15% administrative and other duties.
  2. Prepare and deliver/teach all Education programming in a fun, informative, safe, engaging, and consistent quality manner. Programs include, but not limited to: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, Camp, ZooSchool, Wildlife Assemblies, Scouting Badge Workshops, et cetera.
  3. Assist in the design, development and implementation of curriculum/educational program(s) that are age-appropriate, educational and fun.
  4. Maintain positive working relationships with volunteers, co-workers and program participants.
  5. Promote educational programs via development of positive working relationships with internal and external customers.
  6. Prepare and maintain ZooMobile and/or classrooms at all times.
  7. Follow animal protocols and maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
  8. Demonstrate superior customer service, both internally (i.e. co-workers) and externally (vendors, visitors, students, parents, etc).
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of, and support the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior.
  10. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of educational methodology and material appropriate for a wide range of audiences and ages
  • Background in biology
  • Background in teaching (formal or informal)
  • Ability to handle and present small, wild animals in a fun, engaging, safe, educational format
  • Knowledge of animals and current conservation issues highly desirable
  • Ease with working with children (pre-K and teens) in formal and informal learning environments
  • Friendly, energetic, and open manner with children and teens
  • Excellent classroom management and discipline skills
  • Must be able to walk moderate hills and be on feet for 60 minutes at a time
  • Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and maintain a sense of perspective and humor
  • Ability to problem-solve and show good judgment
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to organize tasks and ensure timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Consistent tact and diplomacy; courteous and respectful interaction with supervisors, co-workers, visitors, and the general public
  • Must be able to work regular weekends, holidays and evening hours
  • Ability to work well with little to no direct supervision
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, often changeable environment
  • Proactive in finding new assignments/tasks as other assignments/tasks are completed

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Education or the Biological Sciences from an accredited college or university is required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Previous classroom or informal education experience preferred
  • Previous public speaking experience highly preferred

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to bdelong@oaklandzoo.org

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open until filled


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