Education Programs Specialist - SEASONAL

Organization: Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston Zoo, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Implement and evaluate on-site education programs for individuals and groups including children ages 4-12. Programs are to be multi-disciplinary, inquiry-based, and/or standards-based with the goal of increasing an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The primary focus of this position is summer camp.This is a seasonal position of 40 hours per week. Camp Zoofari runs June 2nd – August 8th (excluding weekends and July 4th day) and serves 240 campers per week. This position requires a high level of energy and enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work with groups of all ages in both in and outdoor settings.APPLICATION DEADLINEFriday, February 7th, 2014To apply, please visit You must submit your resume and a letter of recommendation with your online application.QUALIFICATIONS Must be at least 18 years of age. Working knowledge of the English language with excellent verbal and written communication skills required.• One year experience in formal or informal education is required. Experience working with live animals desired.• One year experience as a lead teacher in Camp Zoofari required. No exceptions.• A 4 year degree in education or a natural science degree is required. A certificate or license of credential as a primary or secondary school teacher is desirable. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish desired.• Must commit to working the entire camp season from June 2nd – August 8th (excluding July 4th day). Hours will be from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.• This position involves routine lifting of moderately heavy items such as filled tote boxes or animal crates (up to 40 pounds) and/or long periods of walking on rough surfaces or standing on a routine basis.• Requires the ability to make closely coordinated eye/hand movements within very fine tolerance and/or calibration demands, the ability to make rapid closely coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands, and the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker. • A valid Texas driver’s license required.• Complete CPR/First Aid prior to first date of camp training. • Complete online abuse prevention training prior to the first date of camp training.• Requires heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal skill; extensive interaction with the public requires a high degree of appreciation of customer service.RESPONSIBILITIES• Implement on-site programs for participants ages 4-12, including writing and teaching curriculum for summer camp and suggesting supplies and materials for programs.• Maintain classrooms and other facilities used for programs.• Evaluate all curricula for age appropriateness, effectiveness, conservation messages, and support of the institution’s mission through sound zoo and education philosophies.• Assist with the development and implementation of training programs for seasonal staff.• Develop and maintain working relationships with other zoo personnel and zoo departments.• Use proper techniques for handling and presenting education program animals and for preparation and care of animals (training provided).• Maintain awareness and understanding of Zoo animals, their habitats, and the Zoo environment.• Perform other duties as requested.WORK ENVIRONMENTThere are routine discomforts from exposure to moderate heat, humidity, and rain. The position may involve routine exposure to soiled materials, bio-hazardous material, and light chemical substances such as cleaning solutions.SUPERVISIONThis position reports to the Camp and Overnight Programs Supervisor.SALARY$15 per hour