Zoo Education Specialist




Organization: Santa Ana Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Santa Ana, California, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Salary: $3,550 - $4,764/moPlus Excellent BenefitsRecruitment Closes: 5:30 p.m., 9/3/13The Santa Ana Zoo is seeking a qualified applicant to work within the Zoo Educational Program.The successful candidate will assist in the planning, development, coordination, implementation and presentation of educational programs for the Santa Ana Zoo. Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To:Assists in the development, administration and presentation of educational programs to instruct and inform the public about the Santa Ana Zoo and the animals it exhibits. Assists with the coordination of volunteers in relation to the Zoo’s educational programs. Develops curricula, lesson plans and a variety of other class materials for child and adult programs. Schedules and conducts zoo education programs. Assists in the development of informational graphics and identification signs in the zoo. Represents and makes presentations for the Santa Ana Zoo at various functions. Prepares publicity flyers, brochures and articles to promote and market educational programs. Uses current software applications such as Word, Excel, and Power Point to generate zoo instruction documents, reports, correspondence, animal identification graphs, and other documents as required. May make oral presentations as part of the participation in educational programs. Performs other related functions as assigned.Minimum Qualifications:Two years of full-time professional experience in the development and presentation of zoo or aquarium education programs, including one year in the handling, care and display of animals; or any equivalent combination of experience and education, which provides the knowledge and abilities listed below. Two years of college in education, zoology or a related field, supplemented with training in teaching techniques, may be used in combination with experience to meet the minimum requirements.DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESKnowledge of: environmental/conservation issues; educational theories of teaching and learning; basic principles and practices of effective training and presentation methods; natural history as it relates to zoo/aquarium biology, animal behavior and care; safety practices related to handling and training domestic and non-domestic animals; current software applications such as Word, Excel and Power Point.Ability to: develop, coordinate and present educational programs related to the zoo; successfully implement educational programs with a minimum of supervision; conduct effective oral presentations; handle animals safely and carefully; ability to work well as part of a team or on an independent basis; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people of all ages; establish and maintain professional and cooperative working relationships with coworkers, special interest groups, civic organizations and the general public.Skill in: the operation of personal computers and other modern office equipment; the use of word processing programs such as Word, Power Point and Excel as part of educational programs and presentations; the use of social media for communication and marketing.Special RequirementMust possess and retain a valid California Class C driver's license.Special Requirement PreferredBilingual English and Spanish preferred but no required. Bilingual candidates receive an additional $175/mo. bilingual pay.Special Working ConditionsMust be willing and able to work evenings, weekends, holidays and other shifts as needed; must be willing and able to work outside in a variety of climatic conditions.Selection Process:All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form and City Supplemental Application Form (SAF) online. Resumes or faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of the City online application. To apply go to the City's Employment page (copy and paste web address into your browser: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaana/default.cfm and follow the instructions. Applications will be reviewed by the Personnel Services Department. Those applicants possessing the most pertinent qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process which will include: Oral Interview Examination: (Weight of 100%) will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. Candidates need a minimum passing score of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.Bilingual Oral Fluency Exam: (Qualifying) If candidate is Bilingual in English and Spanish, this exam will be administered to evaluate candidate's ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish.There is currently one vacancy at the Santa Ana Zoo.