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Lead Education Interpreter

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job




CLOSING DATE: December 7, 2012

HOURLY WAGE: $9.83 - $11.16 per hour

LOCATION: PDZA, 5400 N. Pearl St, Tacoma

HOURS: 15 – 30 hours per week. Hours and days per week may vary. Hours are typically between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shifts are typically 5 -7 hours, 3-4 days per week. Position requires weekends and holidays.

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a part-time/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


The goal of PDZA’s Education Department is to connect guests with animals and their habitats and to increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Part-time interpreters will be responsible for delivering highly engaging interactive activities to guests throughout zoo and aquarium grounds. Duties include initiating interactions with zoo and aquarium guests through informal interpretive chats, focused activities, and scheduled presentations in a variety of exhibit settings, both in and outdoors. Interpreters will be responsible for assigned areas on grounds, including management of program materials and serving as a staff liaison for education youth volunteers in those areas. Interpreters must demonstrate continued growth in content knowledge and increased aptitude in program delivery. An active schedule is maintained throughout the day including standing for several hours in the sun and/or rain. Interpreters will also be responsible for other duties as needed, including communication with youth volunteers, assisting with events on grounds, and basic administrative and/or clerical duties.


 Education in the natural sciences, education or related field or equivalent experience.

 Experience working with youth required.

 Experience working in an educational setting required.

 Desire to work with large groups of children and adults.

 Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with the public.

 Customer service oriented.

 Positive, cheerful and professional attitude.

 Organized with ability to multitask and follow-up on requests.

 Ability to work outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions and be on your feet for long shifts.

 Valid driver's license and reliable transportation.


 Employment is subject to a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832.

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Hearing and speaking to exchange information. Standing for extended periods of time. Lifting and carrying boxes as needed. Walking throughout the park.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information


Those applicants showing evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications and appraisal of experience and training may be scheduled for further review. Metro Parks may elect to give an exam to those candidates scheduled for further review. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit Metro Parks to properly evaluate their qualifications and abilities as they relate to the position.


All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor.


Please clearly indicate the position that you are applying for on the application form. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate hiring supervisor for the position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit a proper evaluation of your qualifications and ability as they relate to the position.

A completed and signed application form is required. A response of "see resume" will not be considered an adequate response and may eliminate you from the process. You may attach a resume, however, it is not required. The information from your resumes will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met. All qualifying information must appear on the application form.

It is your responsibility to make copies of your application and/or resume if needed. Metro Parks Tacoma will not return or make copies of any items supplied for the application process.

Due to the high volume of seasonal/part-time applications received, MPT is unable to respond to every application. Applicants selected for further review of a seasonal and/or part-time position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager.

Positions may require weekend shifts and may require night shift, holiday, and overtime.

Metro Parks Tacoma is a drug and alcohol free workplace.

All positions are at-will positions, with no written or implied contractual agreement.