Part-time Education Specialist – Level 1

Year-Round Part-Time Employment

Schedule and Salary

Days: Weekends (Sat and Sun) Other days variable

Hours: TBD, some evenings and overnights

Start Date:

Salary: $17.50 per hour

Classification: Non-Exempt


Application Deadline: 12/15/17

How to Apply


An Education Specialist – Level l provides interactive, engaging, high-quality delivery of the Oakland Zoo's PreK – 12 Education programs, including some collaboration on the design of curriculum, activities and programs in accordance with and supporting the Zoo's and Education's mission and the NGSS. 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.


  • Prepare and deliver/teach all Education programming (PreK – 12) in an informative, safe, engaging, and high-quality manner. Programs may include, but are not limited to: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, Wildlife Assemblies, Scout Badge Workshops, Scout and family overnights, watershed and ecology programs, and festivals and community events, on-site at the Zoo and off-site in other venues.
  • Follow animal protocols and maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
  • Maintain positive attitude and collaborative working relationships with volunteers, co-workers, program participants, and internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrate superior customer service with vendors, visitors, students, parents, etc.
  • 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.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Required Capabilities

  • Background in biology, environmental science, conservation, or ecology 
  • Background in curriculum development highly desired
  • Background in teaching (formal or informal) pre K – HS
  • Excellent classroom management and discipline skills
  • Ability to handle and present small, wild animals in an engaging, safe, educational format
  • Knowledge of animals and current conservation issues highly desired
  • Friendly, energetic, and open manner
  • 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
  • Ability to work well with minimal 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

Required Education

  • A Bachelor's degree in Education or the Biological Sciences from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience is required.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Certification (CIG) required. May be obtained through OZ after beginning work.
  • 3 Hours of continuing education/training per year required. May be provided by OZ.


Required Experience

  • Previous classroom or informal education experience required, biology preferred
  • Experience with curriculum development required
  • Previous animal handling experience required
  • Experience working with underserved communities and families or in multi-cultural settings required


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

How to Apply

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605