Youth Programs Coordinator (2636)

Organization: Woodland Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Seattle, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job

DEPARTMENT: School & Community Engagement

REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Youth Programs


PAY RATE: $16.38 per hour


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

Applications are now being accepted forYouth Programs Coordinator in the Education/School & Community Engagement department at Woodland Park Zoo. There are multiple full-time, regular, benefited positions to be filled at this time.


Create and implement opportunities for youth (middle and high school aged) to develop ecological literacy and engage in career development and conservation leadership on and off zoo grounds. Coordinate overall program functions, logistics and activities. Serve as lead in program development, working in collaboration with supervisor and other coordinators to guide the work of program specialists. Support supervisor team in maintenance of internal and external partnerships.


Lead the daily operations of the zoo’s youth programs. Oversee scheduling and coordination of middle school science enrichment and teen volunteer and internship programs, including online scheduling tools.

Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of enrichment, volunteer and internship programs for middle and high school aged youth, in collaboration with other staff and teams in the education department.

Coordinate the development of curriculum, materials and other program resources.

Develop and maintain long term positive mentor relationship with youth participants. Develop relationships with parents/guardians of participants and maintain consistent communication.

Lead safe educational experiences for youth involving hands-on and inquiry-based activities and research projects in a variety of field conditions both on and off zoo grounds (including student service projects).

Collaborate with other zoo departments to create educational opportunities for youth. Develop collaborative relationships with youth program and education professionals in the community and in other AZA institutions.

Recruit program participants through building relationships with schools and community organizations and direct outreach to Seattle-area youth.

Work with other education coordinators and staff to develop and facilitate zoo wide training programs for middle school students and teens.

Mentor youth and facilitate productive relationships between youth volunteers/interns and other zoo department staff.

This position requires a regular work schedule that includes one weekend day and some evening work.

Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to lead and be a positive role model and mentor for staff, volunteers and youth.

Possess strong organizational skills and be able to meet deadlines and suggest and deal with changes in operation protocol.

Ability to work independently and manage projects with minimal supervision.

Experience and passion for working with diverse youth populations.

Background in youth development and youth empowerment work.

Ability to create and lead processes related to collaborative program development and coordination of team members.

Ability to develop curriculum and present creative, mission-driven programming to a wide variety of audiences.

Experience with scheduling larger groups of participants, background with Volgistics or other scheduling software a plus.

Possess general knowledge and interest in science, ecology and conservation.

Background and experience in formal and/or informal environmental education.

Ability to regularly work a non-standard/flexible schedule that includes weekends, evenings and holidays.

Willingness to learn and train teens and adults, to handle presentation animals.

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in natural or social science or environmental education from an accredited four-year college or university, and 2 years related experience and/or training in youth program coordination, or equivalent combination of education and experience; or a minimum of 6 years of education and experience in natural science or environmental education including experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.


Valid United States driver’s license

CPR/First Aid Certification.


Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications; particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct Internet research. Confidence with current technologies as educational tools and using iPads and other devices for innovative youth programs, etc. Experience with Volgistics or other scheduling software a plus.


Must be enthusiastic and customer-service oriented and able to deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Must enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting class props and materials.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is frequently moderate to loud.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.