Education Curator

Organization: Fresno Chaffee Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Fresno, CA, us
Job or Internship:
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo inspires wonder of our natural world, provides an engaging learning environment, and creates a passion for conservation. Serving the central San Joaquin Valley, the zoo is committed to sustaining professional active participation in wildlife conservation, research and wildlife education.

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo succeeds by providing excellent animal care, an excellent guest experience and an excellent place to work. The zoo is a fast-paced organization with several engaging new exhibits including the upcoming African Adventure which will double the size of the zoo over the next three years. Fresno Chaffee Zoo is seeking to hire a knowledgeable, outgoing and guest-oriented full-time Education Curator to lead, motivate, and inspire our Education team and our entire staff. Our employees’ positive interactions with our guests create an unforgettable experience that keeps patrons coming back. So, if you match this description, apply as directed below.

Under the direction of the CEO, the Education Curator oversees the management of Education Department including hiring, training, assigning and reviewing work, allocating personnel and coordinating work activities, and providing on-going opportunity for growth, development and enrichment. As well as providing leadership to staff, the Education Curator oversees and directs camp programs, volunteers and our Docent program. Actively contributes to interdepartmental committees and planning sessions.

Successful candidates contribute to a positive and cooperative environment with staff, volunteers and guests. Onsite programs and interpretation is an essential way to promote the mission of the Zoo and its affiliated organizations. As well as programs on grounds, the Education Curator serves as a spokesperson for the zoo to our community through media outlets and public appearances.

Minimum of 5 years experience in the field of Education with a variety of different ages and levels. Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in Science or Education from an accredited college or university preferred; and two years related experience and/or supervising and coordinating staff; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in an AZA facility is preferred. Requires a valid California driver’s license and good driving record. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
We prefer a strong background in the field of natural history, zoology, and/or biology. We are looking for a proven leader who can perform and motivate staff to perform under ambitious deadlines. We need a team player that has the ability to work collaboratively with employees, peers, volunteers and guest. Our expectation is that the Education Curator will be responsible for budgeting items, goal setting, employee/volunteer retention, strategic planning, safety concerns, and collaboration with other departments in the zoo.

Good physical condition: ability to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Vision capabilities required include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Interaction with guests and animals requires talking and hearing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally in direct contact with exotic animals and is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment varies. Occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.

If you have the desire and skills needed to help create an all-around dynamic experience at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, apply by July 19, 2013 as directed below.

Please submit resume to or mail to:
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation, 894 W Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93728.
Applicants can visit to apply online.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer