Education Curator(10)

Organization: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for a new Education Curator to help rebirth our Education Department around the words connect, experience, explore, adventure, mentor and act. We have a wildly successful program centered around many of the traditional Zoo education programs such as: off-site animal outreach, camp, overnights, birthday parties, pre-teen and teen programs. As a non tax supported Zoo, our Education Department is required to break even on expenses and earned income and we have a long history of reaching this goal. All the building blocks are in place for an organized and visionary leader who wants to be a part of something great. Please send your resume, salary requirements and cover letter to if you are interested in being this person. In your cover letter, please include your ideas for a new title for this position that embraces the words listed above. (Submissions without all the above information will not be considered.) Please review the Zoo’s visionary “We Believe” statements and our Standards for Employment Success located at prior to your submittal. No phone calls please.

REPORTS TO: President & CEO

BASIC FUNCTION: Directs and leads Education and Volunteer Services programs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Develops, implements, evaluates, administers and coordinates all aspects of educational and interpretive programs for the Zoo, both internally and externally.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To include, but are not limited to the following.

* Develop and implement formal and informal conservation education programs and opportunities, both in-house and outreach, for all ages and educational levels.

* Develop Every Kid, Every Time defining moments concepts within the department and throughout the Zoo

* Develop and implement a short-term and long-term education master plan for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

* Council, direct and develop the Zoo Auxiliary for the mutual benefit of its members and the Zoo. Supervise and coordinate the activities and programs of the Zoo Auxiliary. Assist with program planning and development. Assist in training Docents to conduct tours and lectures as appropriate for general public, school, and other groups.

* Supervise education program personnel. i.e. Camp Coordinator and School Liaison, Education Programs Coordinator, Education Assistant and Volunteer Manager.

* Supervise the Zoo adult and group volunteer program, including “Zoo Crew”.

* Supervise the Education staff in the Children’s Zoo, “My Big Backyard”.

* Prepare and administer the Education Department budget (including the Auxiliary) in consultation with the Vice President/COO and President/CEO.

* Generate revenue to support the department budget through programs, grants, and other means.

* Develop and implement an evaluation process for assessing the effectiveness of all department programs and activities

* Supervise the Zoo’s library and biofact collections.

* Assist with the development and promotion of good community relations and awareness through speaking engagements, interviews, answering phone inquiries, etc. and dealing effectively with the public at the Zoo.

* Assist with special events, promotions, and media relations as required including some weekends and evenings.

* Participate in the development of the overall master plan for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Contribute to plans for exhibit design and collection makeup from an educational point of view.

* Integrate interpretation and program development into master planning process.

* Actively participate in local, regional, and national professional conservation and education organizations and programs to advance the mission of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the conservation of nature.

* Plan, design and implement a comprehensive interpretive graphics program for the Zoo.

* Program instruction, teaching and public speaking

* Assist with Grant writing as required

* Establish and oversee collaborative programs with schools and other organizations, including Pikes Peak Community Intern Program at the Zoo.

* Perform related duties as required.


Minimum of BA in Zoology, Natural History, or related field is preferred. Knowledge of the Zoo’s collection and its natural history and captive requirements, as well as, an overall knowledge of ecology, flora and fauna is critical. Must have working knowledge of interpretive media and principles and a strong understanding of the processes of learning and teaching. Must have the desire and ability to teach people about the natural world and its importance to our modern society. Must be able to “juggle” and prioritize a number of projects and activities at one time and meet deadlines. Must be able to accomplish great things with a very limited budget. Superior communication skills, both verbal and written are critical. Experience managing, motivating, and inspiring staff is required. Superior people skills is a must.