Youth Programs Specialist (2651)

Organization: Woodland Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Job or Internship: Job

DEPARTMENT: Education/School & Community Engagement

REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Youth Programs


PAY RATE: $14.24 per hour


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted forYouth Programs Specialist in the School & Community Engagement department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time.


Develop and present programs for middle and high school aged youth from diverse backgrounds that build ecological and science literacy. Engage youth in leadership, career development and conservation projects and actions on and off zoo grounds to build pathways to conservation action.


Develop and lead safe and educational programs, curriculum, and experiences for youth involving project-based learning and inquiry-based activities in a variety of field conditions both on and off zoo grounds, including student service projects.

Mentor middle and high school youth including those in ZooCrew and ZooCorps programs and facilitate productive relationships between youth volunteers/interns and other zoo staff.

Provide informal interpretation to youth, their families and the public on topics such as science, natural history/ecology, local and international conservation issues, and zoo exhibits and projects.

Engage in partnership discussions and community building with diverse populations and community partners.

Implement opportunities for youth, their families, and the community to engage in conservation activities and with the zoo.

Handle and present animals from a variety of taxa including arthropods and reptiles; train youth in presentation animal handling and presentation techniques.

Present youth classes/camps and/or other programs throughout the zoo as needed.

Serve on intra-department program development teams.

Present youth classes/camps and/or other programs throughout the zoo as needed.

Develop, acquire and maintain program props and supplies.

Assist with presentation of staff, volunteer and youth training programs as necessary.

Perform other duties as assigned.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience working with youth and diverse audiences.

Ability to lead and be a positive role model and mentor for youth.

Ability to develop and present creative, mission-driven programming to a wide variety of audiences and to mentor presenters, youth interns and volunteers.

Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.

Experiences working in partnership with other community members including youth development partners, city and school staff.

Possess strong organizational and technology skills and able to meet deadlines.

Interest and background in environmental education, science and conservation.

Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and schedules.

Willingness to learn and train teens and adults, to handle presentation animals.

Ability to drive a car and an electric cart.

Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule that includes at least one weekend day per week and may include some evenings and holidays.

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.


A minimum of 4 years combined education and experience in engagement of diverse audiences; science and/or environmental education; experience in presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all ages, and with STEM curriculum development and program implementation/evaluation. Experience with a zoo, aquarium, museum, park or other informal education facility preferred.


Valid Washington State Driver License

CPR/First Aid Certification


Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct Internet research.


Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and able to deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting class props and materials.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.