Denver Zoo
  • Learning Experiences
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

These are temporary part time positions and as such are not eligible for benefits at this time.

The Audience Research & Evaluation team seeks to hire part-time, as-needed, Research & Evaluation Assistants (REAs) who will support Research/Evaluation projects through on site data collection. On-going projects include collection of visitor email addresses, and on site collection of paper/pencil Visitor Experience surveys. REAs must be friendly and outgoing!

REAs are often one of our guest's first points of contact as they enter the Zoo. Selected candidates should take pride in welcoming guests to the Zoo with a smile and have the ability to answer guest questions or refer them to the right staff member when appropriate. The successful candidate desires to work a varied schedule: week day/weekend, morning/afternoon. (Scheduling will be done collaboratively, in advance). 

The REAs may be able to participate in other types of data collection, data entry, or analysis/reporting depending on skill level and incoming project work.  This work will involve:  Scheduling at least 1 shift/quarter out on Zoo grounds collecting email addresses from visitors via iPad. OR collecting paper/pencil surveys. As other projects develop (as REA becomes more comfortable) new work and other types of data collection may be assigned. 

Training will be provided for these projects, as well as new projects as they arise. No direct experience necessary however candidates must fullfill the position requirements.

REA Position Requirements: 

  • Able to adhere to designated research protocols to collect visitor data.
  • Willingness to approach and talk to Zoo visitors.
  • Out-going and engaging personality.
  • Quota requirements: ~30-50 email addresses per hour, ~20 paper/pencil surveys per hour. 
  • Able to use Microsoft Excel to enter data (some training provided, but should be familiar). 
  • Tenacious and not afraid to approach visitors to ask for an email address.
  • Not easily discouraged if visitors decline to participate. 
  • Maintaining excellent communication, both written and oral, with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Complying with all zoo policies.
  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo. 

Other Duties:

  • REAs may able to participate in other types of data collection, data entry, or analysis/reporting depending on skill level and incoming project work. 


  • High school degree.
  • Current or recent 2 or 4 year college program student a plus but not required.
  • Interest in conservation, social sciences, research and evaluation, psychology or related field a plus.
  • Able to stand for 2-3 hours at a time, outdoors.
  • Desire to work a varied schedule (week day/weekend, morning/afternoon).
  • Bilingual conversational Spanish fluency is a plus
  • Able to pass a drug screening.
  • Able to pass a background check.
  • Able to provide proof of a negative TB test within 2 weeks of start date if hired.
  • Able to complete New Staff Orientation prior to starting work.


Physical Demands: The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment: This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals. The employee may be exposed to chemicals and zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

These are temporary part time positions and as such are not eligible for benefits at this time.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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