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

This is a part time position 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 & Guest Engagement department has an opportunity for a Part Time Zoo Educator to support educational programs for participants ranging from pre-school through high school, as well as multi-generational audiences. Programs are onsite at the Zoo and offsite at schools and other community locations in the greater Denver area. Regular, part-time schedule of roughly 20-25 hours per week will include some evenings and weekends.

 In this role, you will:

  • Facilitate and deliver engaging and dynamic educational programs for diverse audiences and various group sizes - large group facilitation, small tour groups, and class-sized audiences.
    • Learning Experiences programs include school programs, community programs, family classes, summer and seasonal camps, Scout Night and other events
    • Handle education animals and fulfill all training requirements
    • Drive Denver Zoo vehicles and follow safety procedures
  • Shift hours seasonally, to support other programs within the Learning Experiences and Guest Engagement Department, and Guest Experience Division, such as on grounds interpretation, Zoo Lights wayfinding or ticket support, Free Days and other zoo-wide events and programs, which will include more extensive evening hours in the month of December.
  • Program support functions such as materials prep and logistics.
  • Attend quarterly staff meetings and required trainings.
  • Support and provide feedback as part of program development and evaluation efforts.
  • Maintain excellent communications with all Learning Experiences and Guest Engagement personnel, volunteers and other Zoo staff.
  • Represent Denver Zoo to the community in a professional and positive manner.
  • Complete animal handling, van training, program facilitation and other required training within set time frames.
  • Adhere to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrate 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.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 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 or environmental setting.
  • General knowledge of biological and environmental sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of STEM and science skills within the context of the Next Generation Science Standards a plus.
  • Experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting with school aged participants.
  • Outstanding group management skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work by oneself and in a team setting.
  • Enjoy working with children and the community.
  • Proactive, positive, and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to flex schedule seasonally to accommodate up to 40 hours per week in support of summer camps (Mid-May to Mid-August), and regular evening shifts during Zoo Lights.
  • Ability to work regular weekday hours, as well as afternoons/evenings and weekends. Upon hire, a consistent schedule will be determined with hiring manager, but may need to flex within reason.
  • Ability to work dexterously with hands and arms and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to learn how to handle and present with live animals, including small mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
  • A clear driving record and the ability to drive large cargo vans around and beyond the Denver Metro area.



Completed applications must be submitted by March 28, 2018

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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