School Programs Presenter (2639)

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

DEPARTMENT: Education/School & Community Engagement

REPORTS TO: Supervisor, School & Community Engagement

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

PAY RATE: $12.74 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.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Applications are now being accepted for School Programs Presenter in the School & Community Engagement department. There are three part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions to be filled at this time.


Present engaging programs, experiences and animal encounters to school audiences, primarily K-5th grade, on and off zoo grounds. Lead formal, structured, inquiry-based programs for school groups in their classrooms, in the outdoors and at Woodland Park Zoo.


Present engaging programs and experiences to school audiences, primarily K-5th grades, on and off zoo grounds, utilizing developmentally appropriate practices.

Lead safe and educational experiences for students involving hands-on and inquiry-based activities and research projects in a variety of field conditions, both on and off zoo grounds.

Assist education program specialists with program development, evaluation and revision.

Present thematically based tours of zoo grounds and experiences that inspire guests to conservation action at zoo exhibits.

As necessary for school programs, handle and present to a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.

Organize rooms, program props and materials for programs.

Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.

Organize and maintain program supply inventories.

Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed.

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 present creative, mission driven programming, to mentor interns and volunteers and to engage families with young children in formal presentations and conversation.

Ability to present programs for up to 30 students and chaperones on zoo grounds, groups of 20 - 125 students and chaperones in an auditorium setting, up to 60 students in a school classroom setting, and up to 30 students in an outdoor setting (schoolyard or park).

Familiarity with Washington state academic learning requirements and environmental and sustainability education standards for K-12th grades.

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

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

Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.

Possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation.

Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.

Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.

Ability to handle education program animals and to become a WPZ certified animal presenter.

Ability to drive an electric cart.

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.


A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in natural science or environmental education presenting thematically based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all age levels.


Valid Washington State Driver License

Current CPR/First Aid Certification


Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications (particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), customized databases and technology, and Internet research.


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.

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 animals, class props and materials. 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.


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 regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually 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.