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Education Assistant(10)

Organization: Zoo Boise/ Friends of Zoo Boise (AZA Member)
Location: Boise, Idaho, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Position Overview:

The Education Assistant participates with the Friends of Zoo Boise Education Department team in providing approximately 350,000 zoo visitors with engaging and meaningful educational experiences regarding animals & their habitats. Education Assistant will provide training, guidance, and management for ZooTeen & Zoo Naturalist visitor education volunteers as well as develop and conduct programs for zoo visitors of all ages.

Schedule: Part time, Sunday through Thursday, some evenings and Fridays/Saturdays and some holidays as needed. 20 hrs/week Mid-Sept through mid-May and 35 hrs/week mid-May-Mid September.



• Assist with management of volunteer program, volunteer orientation & training.

• Develop and conduct educational programs for families w/young children, and information visitor experience programs.

• Schedule, develop and conduct on- and off-site programs for school groups.

• Work at Zoo Boise fund-raising special events.


• Assist with the orientation, training, management, evaluation and supervision of Zoo Naturalist and ZooTeen volunteers.

• Managing volunteer schedules and daily visitor experience schedule (Butterflies in Bloom, Wallaby Walkabout, Conservation Cruise, animal encounters, Giraffe Encounter, Bear Encounter, biology & ecology themed demonstrations).

Pay Rate and Benefits

• $13.00 per hour

• Pro-rated health and vacation benefits available.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in education, biological sciences or a related field

• Experience planning and conducting environmental education programs to young children, teens and adults.

• Basic knowledge of developmental learning theories

• Ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.

• Able to traverse the zoo property and be on one’s feet for a long period of time.

• Animal-handling experience or be willing to be trained to handle and teach about many types of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles (including snakes), and invertebrates, both aquatic and terrestrial.

• Excellent organizational and time management skills.

• Valid Driver’s License, good driving record and reliable transportation.

• U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

• Submit to a criminal history background check.

• Submit to a negative TB test which must be negative.

• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word Office

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience managing volunteers.

• An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with diverse groups of people of all ages, abilities and learning styles.

• Able to work in a fast-paced and noisy environment and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Holds a positive, cheerful, professional and customer-service oriented attitude.

• Communicate and interact in a positive, professional, and team oriented manner with various populations such as: colleagues, volunteers, students, general public and organizational partners.

• A commitment to the conservation goals of Zoo Boise.

To apply, send cover letter, resumé and references by February 15, 2013 to:

Rena Ashton, Education Director

Friends of Zoo Boise

355 Julia Davis Drive

Boise, ID 83702 or email to

No phone calls please.