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Binder Park Zoological Society, Inc.

Established in 1975, we are located on 433 acres of natural forests and wetlands just outside of Battle Creek, Michigan. We host over 100 species of animals in natural exhibits. We offer hands-on experiences which allow families and groups to get up close and personal with animals that call Binder Park Zoo home.

Zoo Educator

Connect.  Inspire.  Conserve.  Connect people with nature.  Inspire them to conserve.  As the mission of Binder Park Zoo, we're seeking someone who has a passion to teach about the importance of conservation and can empower others to want to make a difference.
 
REPORTS TO:  Education Supervisor                         
SEASONAL / NON-SEASONAL:  Non-seasonal, Benefited
FLSA STATUS:  Hourly, Non-Exempt

 

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MISSION:  
To provide impactful experiences that build curiosity, encourage exploration, and foster empathy for nature; thereby inspiring and empowering people to make a positive difference for wildlife and wild places.
 
POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Biology, Education, or related field.
  • Prior teaching experience in an informal setting.
  • Prior animal handling experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License and excellent driving record.
  • Must have proof of negative TB test within one year and proof of tetanus shot within five years.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Planning, promoting and implementing outreach and guest programming.
  • Teaching education programs to various age groups and large audiences.
  • Working independently handling small exotic animals.
  • Registering and scheduling education programs.
  • Communicating with, training, and mentoring seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers in coordination with the Education Supervisor.
  • Planning, organizing, and making independent decisions as necessary.
  • Communicating with co-workers, subordinates, staff and guests through verbal and technology-based systems such as hand held radios, voice mail, telephone, and computers.
  • Relating positively with diverse groups of people (guests, staff and volunteers).
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Ability to teach all the zoo’s education programs.
  • Ability to handle, control, and capture small exotic animals, if necessary.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Complying with all Binder Park Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Participating in team oriented zoo projects as needed.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with outside organizations.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide training and direction to seasonal staff, interns and volunteers as needed.
 
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
  • Ability to read, speak, and write English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable way.
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Experience Required

Prior teaching experience required.

Further Comments

Full-time, benefited position

Perks

Benefits include (medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k), Roth, DCP, paid-time off and various discounts throughout the zoo.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants may express interest in this position by completing an application on our website and including a resume. Applications can be found at www.binderparkzoo.org under the link for Employment, top right of page. Send all documents via email to humanresources@binderparkzoo.org or by mail to Binder Park Zoo, ATTN: HR, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49014.

Binder Park Zoological Society, Inc.
7400 Division Drive
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Phone: (269) 979-1351
Fax: (269) 979-8834

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