Seasonal Interpreter

Organization: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Metro Parks Tacoma (AZA Member)
Location: Tacoma, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job



CLOSING DATE: February 3, 2014

SALARY: $9.83 per hour

HOURS: Seasonal position, March 19 – September 28, 2014. Several positions available. Shift hours will typically fall between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Shifts will be 5 – 7 hours long, 2 – 5 days per week (10 – 35 hours per week). Must be able to work weekends and holidays. MUST be able to attend all trainings Wednesdays-Fridays, March 19-April 4, 2014.

LOCATION: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a part-time/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.


The goal of PDZA’s Education Department is to connect guests with animals and their habitats and to increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Interpreters will be responsible for delivering highly engaging interactive activities to guests throughout zoo and aquarium grounds. Duties include initiating interactions with zoo and aquarium guests through informal interpretive chats, focused activities, and scheduled presentations in a variety of exhibit settings, both in and outdoors. An active schedule is maintained throughout the day including standing for several hours in the sun and/or rain. Other duties as required.


 Education in the natural sciences, education, theatre or related field or equivalent experience.

 Experience working with children required; Experience working in an educational setting preferred.

 Excellent communication and the ability to engage the public.

 Customer service oriented.

 Desire to work with large groups of children and adults.

 Positive, cheerful and professional attitude.

 Ability to work outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions and be on your feet for long shifts.

 Valid driver's license and reliable transportation.


 Employment is subject to a national and Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

 Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job offer as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. Documentation establishing authorization to work may include a Social Security Card, picture ID and/or other approved documentation.


Standing for extended periods of time; lifting and carrying boxes as needed; walking throughout the park; seeing, hearing and speaking to exchange information.


Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site at

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information.


Those applicants showing evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications and appraisal of experience and training may be scheduled for further review. Metro Parks may elect to give an exam to those candidates scheduled for further review. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit Metro Parks to properly evaluate their qualifications and abilities as they relate to the position.


All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor.


Please clearly indicate the position that you are applying for on the application form. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate hiring supervisor for the position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit a proper evaluation of your qualifications and ability as they relate to the position.

A completed and signed application form is required. A response of "see resume" will not be considered an adequate response and may eliminate you from the process. You may attach a resume, however, it is not required. The information from your resumes will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met. All qualifying information must appear on the application form.

It is your responsibility to make copies of your application and/or resume if needed. Metro Parks Tacoma will not return or make copies of any items supplied for the application process.

Due to the high volume of seasonal/part-time applications received, MPT is unable to respond to every application. Applicants selected for further review of a seasonal and/or part-time position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager.

Positions may require weekend shifts and may require night shift, holiday, and overtime.

Metro Parks Tacoma is a drug and alcohol free workplace.

All positions are at-will positions, with no written or implied contractual agreement.