Zoo Education Specialist

Organization: City of El Paso Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: El Paso, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job


Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in education, marketing, public relations, zoology, biology or related field, and one (1) year of teaching, training, or public information experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid Texas Class “C” Driver’s License or equivalent from another state.


Under general direction, develop conduct, administer, and supervise zoo education programs.


Research, plan, develop and conduct comprehensive zoo education programs; maintain liaison and coordinate education activities with area schools and school districts; conduct tours and lectures; give presentations at the zoo, schools and civic groups using education animals and other exhibits; develop printed educational materials used for presentations; provide training for staff development; recruit, train and coordinate volunteers participating in education programs.

Recommend the acquisition of books, periodicals, audio-visual and other materials for zoo library; oversee the addition, removal, replacement or preservation of zoo library materials. Support zoo graphics activity with research and text development for signs, exhibit graphics, brochures and other public information devices; provide translation of graphics, reports and other education devices or literature.

Maintain and cultivate outside resources available to support zoo education programs, including local colleges, universities, professional groups and associations, governmental agencies and others; assist in presentations that enhance public information and community relations; respond to general information inquires and correspondence.

Supervise assigned staff and volunteers. Involves: Schedule, assign, instruct, guide and check work. Appraise employee performance. Provide for training and development. Enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards firmly and impartially. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, discipline, merit pay or other employee status changes. Assist other zoo sections to accomplish core mission goals, meet emergency needs or as assigned.

Salary: $37,356.18 - $53,344.62 Annually

Note: Recruitment will begin on September 5, 2013. On September 5, 2013, 2013, interested applicants must go to www.elpasotexas.gov to apply. Applications are only accepted online. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close once a preset number of qualified applications have been received.