Part-Time Education Coordinator

Organization: City of Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo
Location: Great Bend, KS, us
Job or Internship: Job

Job Summary:
Under the general supervision of the Zoo Director and Zoo Curator, creates, administers, facilitates, and evaluates zoo education curriculum for a variety of audiences within the zoo and the community. This position is FLSA non-exempt. Drug testing is not applicable.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Plans, organizes, and implements educational content for zoo programs for adults and children, including school programs, outreach, and staff training based on need, program development, staffing, and evaluation. Makes programming recommendations to the zoo director.
B. Updates and evaluates all programs and curricula annually; ensures that zoo programs and curricula meet Kansas academic standards and national science benchmarks.
C. Participates, teaches, and/or presents various educational programs and presentations.
D. Provides support and assists with training zoo volunteers and docents when appropriate.
E. Monitors the income and expenses of each program; develops program budgets.
F. Receives reviews, prepares, and/or submits various reports and records, including curricula, lesson plans, fact sheets, copy, programs, and outlines.
G. Maintains familiarity with current research, trends, technology, and learning concepts in teaching and education.
H. Maintains and organizes program supplies and materials; orders needed supplies.
I. Creates, implements, and disseminates copy and content for external publications.
J. Crates, transports, and handles animals for program presentations from the demonstration animal collection; assists with development of training programs for individual animals.
K. Manage any education interns.
L. Follows zoo policies and practices to meet the goals for guest experiences.
M. Follows any guidelines and practices set by Association of Zoo’s & Aquariums.
N. Greets patrons and serves in a customer service capacity for all visitors to the zoo.
O. Serves as casher for all merchandise sold at the Raptor Center.
P. Assists in scheduling the Raptor Center and Zoo for tours, use of the meeting facility, etc.
Q. Performs general building maintenance including cleaning, minor repairs, etc.
R. May assist in diet preparation for animals when needed.
S. May assist with securing dangerous animals when needed – i.e., when we need two people to put certain animals inside at the end of the day.
T. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
A. Demonstrates knowledge of conservation, nature education, and zoo experiences in order to communicate the zoo’s mission.
B. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public.
C. Knowledge of biology, zoology, environmental and conservation issues, learning and curriculum development principles, teaching aids, biofacts, and related items.
D. Excellent ability to translate scientific information into compelling material suitable for an array of audiences.
E. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
F. Ability to work a flexible schedule outside of normal business hours as needed.
G. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
H. Ability to tailor messages to appropriate audiences.
I. Knowledge of animal-handling principles and practices.
J. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and provide a positive image to the public.
K. Skill in researching and writing informational materials and reports.

Bachelor’s degree in education, a biological science, or a closely related field required. One year teaching experience required. Experience can substitute for education. Zoo, aquarium, or museum related experience preferred. Proven record of developing multiple creative, innovative, net revenue–generating programs required. Valid Kansas driver’s license required.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed both inside and out. Inside work will involve physical activity associated with working in an office setting. Outside work is occasionally heavy and may involve physical activity such as lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, and involves handling, seeing, hearing, listening, and talking. May involve after hour calls and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Also involves working with and around animals. May be exposed to toxic fumes and some hazardous materials.

For additional information, please contact Terry Hoff; Human Resource Director; City of Great Bend; (620) 793-4111;

Applications can be obtained at the City of Great Bend website at under the "Jobs" link. Applications may be mailed to the City of Great Bend; 1209 Williams; P.O. Box 1168; Great Bend, Kansas; 67530. Applications may also be faxed to (620) 793-4108 or emailed to