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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

On-site Programs Coordinator


The On-Site Programs Coordinator is one of two positions responsible for ensuring that the operations for all onsite education programs of the Zoo’s Education Department run in an efficient manner. They will coordinate the activities of all non-school group related on-site education programs, which may include Zoo Camp, Nightlife Programs, Adult Education, and Interpretation. The On-Site Programs coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing curriculum and coordinating logistics for on-site programs and interpretation. The On-Site Programs Coordinator is responsible for maintaining and processing all biofacts (biological artifacts).

As a member of the Zoo’s Education Team, the On-site Programs Coordinator will also provide support for other education and interpretation programs to further the Zoo’s mission and create a world-class guest experience.


  • Provides vision, direction, and resources for the development and delivery of high-quality Education programs throughout the year.
  • Creates, develops, executes, and evaluates strategic plans for all non- school group related programing.
  • Ensures that programs are aligned with the Zoo’s mission, conservation messaging and educational philosophy.
  • Works to develop age-appropriate curriculum, lesson plans and activities.
  • Actively evaluates all programs, using a variety of methods including participant surveys, and make necessary changes as needed based on that data.
  • Assists the Interpretation and On-site Programs Manager to recruit, train, maintain and mentor volunteers, interns and staff for on-site education programs and on-grounds interpretation.
  • Works closely with the Volunteer Department to ensure that volunteers and interns are properly trained and scheduled as it relates to programs.
  • Coordinates teachers, aides, interns and volunteers while they are assigned to work with on-site programs and on-grounds interpretation.
  • Serves as liaison between Education Department and other departments to coordinate zoo tours, keeper interactions, program animals, and other logistics, for all programs.
  • Coordinates with other departments to provide resources needed to successfully complete education programs and on-site interpretation.
  • Maintains, monitors, and distributes supplies for on-site non-school group related education programs and on-site interpretation.
  • Teaches education programs and delivers on-grounds interpretive programs.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of current research, models, and philosophy of education in schools, museums, zoos, parks and similar organizations.
  • Actively supports a positive guest experience by providing excellent customer service to all Birmingham Zoo guests and program participants.
  • Builds positive relationships within the Education team and with other Zoo Departments.
  • Supports Zoo education programs as needed, including On-Site Programs, School Programs and Special Events.
  • Participates in workshops, conferences and continuing education classes.
  • Completes administrative paperwork as needed/directed.
  • Maintains internal and external online registration systems.
  • Participates in Birmingham Zoo teams and projects.
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns.
  • Assists instructors in problem resolution.
  • Handles program animals as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • College degree in Education, Biology, Zoology or other environmentally related field preferred.
  • At least two years’ experience in an informal/ environmental education or interpretive program required.
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Preferred teaching philosophy aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, inquiry-based learning, and child development.
  • Proficient with technology.
  • Must possess the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Frequent exposure to the elements can be expected..


  • Full time
  • Mainly weekdays; however weekends, occasional evening work and holidays are required

How to Apply

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume:, About Us, Emplyment.

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 2058790409

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