Curator of Education, Trainer/Educator

Organization: Brandywine Zoo, DNREC State of Delaware (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington, Delaware, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Job Title: Curator of Education, Trainer/Educator

Department: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Division: Parks and Recreation

Salary Range: $35,000 - $45,000

Position Type: Contractual with Benefits

Duty Location: Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington Delaware

Review Date: Applicant Review begins April 30, 2013


This individual works through the Zoo Director and Chief of Park Interpretation for the State of Delaware, Division of Parks and Recreation. The Curator will be responsible for establishing and implementing comprehensive educational programs sharing conservation messages through onsite and outreach programs, trainings, and workshops. The Curator of Education will work closely with community groups to continue to build the presence of the zoo throughout the state.


The person in this position is responsible for the day to day administration for the education department. This responsibility includes designing and implementing programs, teaching programs and the supervision and training of all education staff. The Curator of Education will work closely with the zoo team to develop visitor interactive opportunities throughout the Zoo, including interpretive sign development, special guest programming, and after hour opportunities. The Curator will be the lead trainer for educational programs for all Zoo staff.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


• A bachelor degree with emphasis on education, conservation, animal sciences, wildlife management and recreational programming.

• At least two years’ experience teaching children and adults.

• Demonstrated knowledge of working with volunteers.

• Experience coordinating special events

• Experience working with a budget

• Ability to lead large interpretive and educational programs

• Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing

• Ability to develop programs for diverse audiences and outreach to diverse communities including youth

• Ability to manage a large volunteer base.

• Supervisory experience

• Skill in establishing and maintaining partnership relationships

• Experience working with animals in a zoo or nature center

• Driver’s license

• Computer skills

Benefit Information

The following is a brief description of the benefits available for new permanent employees to be used for informational purposes only. Upon hire, each employee will have the opportunity to discuss this information in more detail with their supervisor.


Vacation accrues 9.5 hours per month. A probationary period of 90 days must be completed before accrued leave can be used.

Sick Pay

Sick leave accrues at 9.5 hours per month. This accrual will also start after a 90 day probationary period has been completed.


An employee in this position will be compensated for all ten federal holidays plus the day after thanksgiving. Two additional floating holidays will also be provided.


Medical and Dental insurance is available after the 90 day probationary period. The cost to the employee for medical coverage varies according to the plan selected.

On an annualized basis, the managing organization will pay 85% of the employer selected benefits plan up to a maximum of $6000 for a full time employee.

Spouses are eligible for coverage only if they do not have a coverage option with their employer.

This offer of benefits will be reviewed yearly. Changes to this amount can only occur as a result of a review made by the management group.

Retirement Savings Plan

Involvement in this program is available to all Full time employees. Eligibility of an employee to participate in this plan will be determined in accordance with the American funds Service Company Plan, Simple IRA Plan. See the plan for details of eligibility.


For any questions, please call Matthew Ritter at 302-739-9187 or email at

To Apply

Please send resumes to:

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation

c/o Matthew Ritter

152 S. State Street

Dover, Delaware 19901