Education Specialist(16)

Organization: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

This is a part-time, civil service exempt position.*

Salary: $14.14 per hour

Summary of Duties:

An Education Specialist conducts education programs such as on-grounds interpretation, theatre shows, and classes, and interacts with zoo guests on a daily basis, providing information about habitats, wildlife and conservation. An Education Specialist may also assist with the development of zoo programming as needed and appropriate.

Distinguishing Features:

An Education Specialist will implement the Zoo’s educational programming by presenting information to visitors through on-grounds interpretation, theatre shows, school programs, over-night programs, and classes for the public. The Education Specialist may also assist in the development of new educational programs, as needed. The hours are varied. Employees may be assigned to work weekdays, weekends, and/or holidays.

Example of Duties:

• Conduct informal programs such as on-grounds interpretation and theatre shows and formal education programs such as school programs and public classes,.

• Interact with Zoo guests on a daily basis and answer guest questions.

• Present information about habitats, wildlife, plants and conservation.

• Monitor guest and animal safety.

• Handle and present live animals when appropriate for programming.

• Assist with administrative and logistical duties as necessary.


An Education Specialist must be able to answer technical and general questions about the Zoo and various plants and animals and they must do so with an understanding of various learning styles. Previous experience working with children and animals is preferred.

Educational Requirement: Completion of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units in a recognized college or university in education, biology, zoology, or environmental studies. Six months experience working with children and the general public may be substituted for the educational requirement.

Physical Requirements: Strength to perform average lifting of up to 15 pounds and occasionally over 25 pounds; the ability to walk over uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time; the ability to work outdoors in inclement weather; and coordination for activities involving stooping, kneeling, and crouching. This position requires daily walks (a minimum of 15-20 minutes) through the Zoo and may walk 2 or more miles per day.

Must be available to work days, weekends, holidays, and some evenings.


A valid California driver's license may be required.

Knowledge of:

• Plants, animals, conservation and learning styles.

• Teaching trends in the environmental education field.

• Curriculum development.

• Program implementation and evaluation.

Skills required:

• verbal and written communication skills.

• public speaking and presentation skills.

• interpersonal skills.

• organizational skills.

• customer service skills.

• Bi-lingual skills are a plus.

Ability to:

• to communicate technical and general information about plants and animals to Zoo guests.

• demonstrate a high level of energy and enthusiasm when interacting with Zoo guests, co-workers, and volunteers.

• perform with minimal direction and supervision.

• Identify and resolve problems quickly.

• work collaboratively in a team environment.

• establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with Zoo staff members, volunteers and guests.

• demonstrate good judgment, tact, and diplomacy.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals who meet the minimum requirements should e-mail a cover letter and resume to or by fax to (323) 644-4776.

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at (323) 644-5330.

Based on the number of responses received, the Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to pre-screen all resumes in order to arrive at a more a manageable candidate pool.

Application Deadline: January 6, 2013, or until sufficient applications are received.

*This is a civil service exempt, at-will position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service

tenure or contractual rights in such position.