Education Advisors

AZA Education Advisors play a critical role in advising, designing, and executing conservation education, community outreach, and public awareness decisions and activities within AZA Animal Programs, which include Taxon Advisory GroupsSpecies Survival Plan® ProgramsScientific Advisory Groups, and Conservation Action Partnerships.

Although not required for Animal Programs, Education Advisors are incorporated into these groups to provide advice from their fields of expertise and to assist with the design and execution of the Animal Program’s conservation and management goals. Education Advisors may:

  • Suggest, develop, and/or implement education goals for Animal Programs.
  • Offer expert advice regarding identified education topics, research proposals, and inquiries.
  • Provide taxa-related education stories of interest.Identify educational research needs and/or assist with the development of education-related research projects.
  • Initiate and assist in the development of educational materials, projects, and messaging.
  • Provide input on the Animal Care Manuals within an Animal Program’s purview, as requested.
  • Encourage the development of regional, national, and international education plans.
  • Coordinate in situ education programs.
  • Generate public support for established education projects.
  • Assist other educators with program development.
  • Write, review, and solicit articles in the Animal Program newsletter.
  • Provide support for government affairs and public relations.


How to Apply to an Education Advisor Position

  1. Download and carefully read through the  Education Advisor Handbook. The handbook was created for this program by the Conservation Education Committee.
  2. Research which Education Advisor positions are available by visiting the Animal Programs Search page or see a list of current vacancies. If the Education Advisor position for a specific Animal Program is filled, the position listing will be visible. If the position is vacant, or is not available within that Animal Program, you will not see a listing for an Education Advisor. AZA members can access Program Leader contact information by logging into the AZA website before performing a search.
  3. Complete the Education Advisor Application
  4. Send the completed Education Advisor Application to Leanne White,

Individuals who are not members of AZA should contact Leanne White, for Program Leader contact information. Program Leaders will determine how vacancies are filled.

How to Recruit an Education Advisor

  1. Download and carefully read through the  Education Advisor Handbook. The handbook was created for this program by the Conservation Education Committee.
  2. Download and complete the  Education Advisor Recruitment Request Form.
  3. Send the completed form to Leanne White,


Resources for Education Advisors


Need Assistance?

Please contact Leanne White,
Director of Education at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and member of AZA’s Conservation Education Committee.

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