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

These are part time positions and as such are 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 Bunk with the Beasts Educators.

ThBunk with the Beasts educator position advances Denver Zoo's mission and goals by providing fun, educational experiences for kids, families, school groups, scouts and other groups as they explore the zoo after hours in a unique overnight program adventure.  Bunk with the Beasts educators facilitate overnight programs by using provided curriculum to lead activities, animal experiences, and after-hours tours through the Zoo. Bunk with the Beasts educators are required to work two Bunk overnight programs per month, when needed, based on program bookings. The majority of shifts occurring on Friday and Saturday evenings, and hours may increase in April-May. Bunk educators are required to stay overnight at the Zoo during their shifts.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Implement high energy, creative, interactive, age-appropriate overnight learning experiences based on provided curriculum.
  • Give educationally themed zoo tours, lead groups in educational games, crafts and other activities.
  • Set up and clean up materials and supplies before and after program.
  • Prepare and review the curriculum in advance of each Bunk program.
  • Interact with all zoo staff, volunteers, participants, parents and chaperones in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Attend all mandatory staff meetings and trainings.
  • 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.
  • Handle ambassador animals and fulfill all training requirements as required, if applicable. After a 3 month probationary period, bunk instructors may be eligible to go through the education animal handling training to become an animal presenter for bunk programs.      
  • Program support functions such as materials prep and clean-up, record-keeping, and other logistics.
  • Performs various tasks as assigned.



  • A bachelor's degree in science, education or a related field (or working towards one) OR experience working with school aged children in an informal science, environmental or education setting.
  • 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 families, with the ability to present programs in a fun, theatrical, and dynamic manner.
  • Proactive, positive, and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to work weekend overnights nights regularly. Ability to work occasional weeknight overnights is a plus. Must be available a minimum of two nights per month, year round.
  • Ability to spend the night at the zoo and sleep on floor or cot.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position are low. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 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.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to medium.


Compensation and Benefits: 

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


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis


Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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