Public Programs Coordinator

Organization: Denver Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Denver, CO, United States
Job or Internship: Job

At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.


This position advances the mission of Denver Zoo by coordinating public programs for daily zoo visitors, including early childhood and multigenerational audiences, which are delivered by contract staff and volunteers, as well as revenue-generating animal encounter programs.

Essential Functions:

•Coordination of Public Programs: Collaborates with the Public Programs Manager and other appropriate staff to develop, implement, and evaluate new and existing public programs (both staff and volunteer led) and curricula for early elementary and multigenerational audiences, using backwards design strategies to ensure that programs are aligned with zoo and departmental missions and values. Also assists with the management of the zoo’s biofacts (animal artifacts) collection including procurement of specimens and support for volunteers.

•Program Delivery: Teaches programs; coordinates and schedules other staff and volunteers to deliver programs; prepares teaching materials and live animals; sets an example of excellence and ensures other staff do the same.

•EVSD Leadership: Contributes to departmental strategic planning; act as a role model to specialists, educators, volunteers, and teens; supports departmental professional development opportunities; actively participates in meetings; keeps the big picture in mind; collaborates with partner organizations and schools as appropriate.

•Program Finances: Operates within budget for Animal Adventure and Public programs; reports revenue and expenditures.

•Staff/Volunteer Supervision and Growth: Works with manager to hire, train, evaluate, and fosters growth of staff and volunteers, including up to 10 contract staff; coordinates goal-setting, progress updates, performance reviews, and time tracking; delegates responsibilities; enforces deadlines; provides constructive feedback.

•Communication: Works proactively to problem-solve with the Public Programs Manager, EVSD staff and teams, cross-department zoo staff, volunteers, and program participants through emails, meetings, and phone calls; creates and shares reports about Public Programs activity.

•Curriculum Development: Works with manager to write curriculum and/or program plans for volunteer and staff trainings, Explore the Shore, and Animal Adventure programs.

•Animal Handling: Handles live animals and biofacts (animal specimens) in education programs; works with animal staff to coordinate and support animal use in a variety of public programs.

•Logistics Support: Assists with booking and tracking programs in registration system; communicates clearly with Logistics Specialists; works closely with other departments regarding program policies and pricing.

•Program Marketing: Contributes to marketing strategies for creating awareness of education programs.

•Education Program Support: Supports a variety of other education programs, including individual teen programs, teacher programs, outreach, and other science-based programs.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Participates in and provides support for EVSD activities including: special events, Free Days, professional development opportunities, volunteer hiring and training, and departmental strategic planning.

•Serves on committees and projects as requested.

•Represents the Denver Zoo to the community in a professional and positive manner.

•Complies with all zoo policies and performs other supportive duties as needed.

•Performs various tasks as assigned.


•Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or a related field required.

•General knowledge of biological and environmental sciences.

•Experience teaching and interpreting in a formal or non-formal setting and demonstration of dynamic, enthusiastic presentation skills.

•Curriculum development and implementation experience. Early childhood curriculum development skills preferred.

•Program coordination and supervisory experience.

•Experience working within a budget.

•Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

•Ability to function in a multi-task environment, independently and in a team while keeping the big picture in mind.

•Excellent organizational, time management, word processing, and spreadsheet creation/maintenance skills.

•Ability to work dexterously with hands and arms and lift up to 50 lbs.

•Ability to handle and present a variety of live animals.

•A valid Colorado driver license (must be obtained prior to start date) and a clean driving record is required.

•Ability to work evening and weekend shifts when needed.

•Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.

Please apply through our website at

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer