Child and Family Programs Specialist: Early Childhood Education

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 delivering and supporting on-site programs for early childhood audiences including school field trip programs, child and family programs and birthday parties.

Essential Functions:

•Program Delivery: Facilitates learning through delivery of on-site animal and nature based programming to early childhood audiences. Position is strongly focused on program delivery to underserved, school and family audiences.

•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 onsite programs

•Communication: Works proactively to problem-solve with Child and Family Early Elementary Programs Coordinator, EVSD staff and teams, cross-department zoo staff, volunteers, schools, community groups, and families through emails, meetings, and phone calls; submits timely reports to supervisor

•Program Area Support: Collaborates with Child and Family Programs Coordinator and staff team to develop, implement and evaluate new and existing early childhood programs, helping to align programs with zoo and departmental goals, mission and values, prepares program materials & curriculum

•Building Relationships: In conjunction with Family Programs Manager and Coordinator explores new program partnership opportunities both internal (Denver Zoo) and external (community). Program growth area will focus on nature play based learning for young children.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Supports a variety of other education programs, including birthday parties, overnight programs, day camps, outreach, public programs and other programs as assigned.

•Assists with the recruitment, training, and monitoring of volunteers who deliver area programs

•Manages, maintains, and repairs teaching materials; helps Coordinator decide on material purchases

•Participates in required EVSD activities such as: special events, Free Days, professional development opportunities, staff meetings, etc.

•Serves on committees and projects as requested and approved by supervisors

•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.


•Bachelors Degree in early childhood education with zoology background preferred. Will also consider early elementary, special education, environmental/science education, zoology, biology or related fields, with early childhood experience

•Minimum one year teaching experience with children ages 0-5 required. Experience in an informal education setting with nature play programming preferred

•Energized by working with children and the public

•Ability to deliver programs in a fun, theatrical, dynamic and age-appropriate manner

•Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred

•Experience delivering environmental education programs and developing curriculum in an informal educational setting.

•Experience handling and presenting a variety of live animals

•Outstanding diplomatic and customer service skills

•Ability to adapt to a changing work environment and handle multiple assignments simultaneously

•Excellent oral presentation, communication, organization, writing and word processing skills

•Ability to function in a multi-task environment, both independently and in a team

This is a regular full-time position with excellent benefits including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan and a generous vacation package.

Please apply through our website at

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer