Program Coordinator, Education Animals


Schedule and Salary

Start Date: 
Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
How to Apply


In collaboration with the Program Director of Training &Education Animals, the Program Coordinator of Education Animals is responsible for managing and coordinating education animal handling training including public program animal presentations, certification and training schedules for staff and volunteer teams. This positions also collaborates on program design associated with animal handling, and public programs, along with database maintenance, data collection, analysis and reporting.

This role is also responsible for successfully developing,planning and delivering interactive,safe, engaging, high-quality Pre-K – 12 Education programs.Examples of programming include guiding group or individual tours of the institution, informal and formal interpretation on zoo grounds or out in the community, discussions regarding animal background, care and activities,environmental issues, and other topics of interest to the guests. This person serves as a technical resource to visitors.


Essential Job Duties

·        Prepare and deliver/teach all Education programming (PreK – 12) in an informative,safe, engaging, and high-quality manner. Programs include, but are not limited to: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, ZooSchool, Wildlife Assemblies, Scout Badge Workshops, festivals and community events, field biology classes and workshops,creek and garden classes, etc., on-site at the Zoo and off-site in other venues.

·         Maintain careful records on animal handling protocols, training procedures and certification status in collaboration with Animal Care staff and the Program Director, Animal Programs.

·        Develop,update and maintain consistent animal handling training materials and resources.

·        Effectively communicate with Education Department staff and volunteers about their progress and benchmarks in the animal handling certification process.

·        Maintain program materials inventory and track program animal resource needs; compiling orders as needed.

·        Will be required to work Saturday or Sunday hours, some weekday hours, some holiday hours, and evening and overnight program hours. Schedule will be determined in advance.

Ancillary Job Duties

Required Capabilities

Supervisory Responsibility

·        Assist in training staff and volunteers for Education Animal handling

Required Education

Required Qualifications –Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

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

·        Certified Interpretive Guide Certification(CIG) required. May be obtained through OZ.

·        5 Hours of continuing education/training per year required. May be provided by OZ.

Required Experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities –May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

·        Background in biology, environmental science, conservation, or ecology required

Work Environment –Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Zoo reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

How to Apply