Denver Zoo
  • Learning Experiences
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 12.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

This is a part time position and as such is not eligible for benefits at this time.

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo's Learning Experiences Department has an opportunity for Variable Part-Time Educators to implement education programs for students from pre-school to high school, families and occasionally seniors. Programs are at Denver Zoo and offsite at schools and other locations in the greater Denver area.  Denver Zoo is a scientific institution that educates people about a variety of scientific theories, including evolution and that climate change is influenced by humans.  Schedule and hours vary depending on program bookings, with a maximum of 19 hours/week.  This position teaches programming during weekdays (Monday-Friday), and occasional evenings and weekends, with peak season occurring Feb May.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Facilitate a variety of school, afterschool, family, early childhood, and special event programs at Denver Zoo and in the community, for diverse audiences ranging from 10 -250 participants. Curriculum is provided.
  • Handle education animals and fulfill all training requirements.
  • Drive Denver Zoo vehicles and follow safety procedures.
  • 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.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Maintain excellent communications with all Learning Experiences personnel, volunteers and other Zoo staff.
  • Represent Denver Zoo to the community in a professional and positive manner.
  • Support and provide feedback as part of program development and evaluation efforts.
  • Program support functions such as materials prep and clean-up, record-keeping, and other logistics.
  • Communicate about and adhere to a complex teaching schedule.
  • Performs various duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of 3 months (40 hrs/week) teaching experience with youth (within a grade range of PreK 12th grade).
  • A bachelor's degree in science, education or a related field, or working towards one. A minimum of 1 year teaching experience working with school aged children in an informal science, environmental or education setting can be substituted for education requirement.
  • Ability to teach programs at least two days during the week Monday-Friday OR ability to teach programs at least 3 mornings (8am-1pm) or afternoons (1pm 7pm) per week. Occasional weekends and evenings may also be required. 
  • General knowledge of biological and environmental sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of STEM, science skills and Next Generation Science Standards practices a plus.
  • Spanish speakers preferred.
  • Outstanding group management skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work by oneself and in a team setting.
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented.
  • Enjoy working with children and the community.
  • Proactive, positive, and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to work dexterously with hands and arms and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to successfully complete animal handling training requirements in a timely manner. Animals include: small mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Comfortable with driving a large cargo van around Denver and surrounding areas
  • Clear driving record.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License within three months of hiring.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position are low. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 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 and kneel.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus. 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 and may be exposed to zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to medium.

 Compensation and Benefits: 

This is temporary part time position and as such is not eligible for benefits at this time.


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and we will review applications as needed




Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position as needed.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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