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Dallas Zoo Management, Inc.

Children's Zoo Specialist I - Interpretive

JOB SUMMARY

Children’s Zoo Specialists are both animal care specialists and educators responsible for an animal collection consisting of domestic and exotic animals for programming, contact and exhibit. Children’s Zoo Specialists I are responsible for preparing and presenting engaging public education presentations for children and families. Specialist are also responsible for helping to provide animal care, monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing enrichment, exhibit maintenance and improvements. Children’s Zoo Specialists may train in all areas of the Children Zoo which includes: the Farmyard, Underzone, Discovery House, Nature Exchange, and Birds Landing. 

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide animal encounters, formal and informal presentations, and other educational opportunities for visitors.  Engage in positive guest interactions with an audience of children and their families; assist in the implementation of education and conservation goals. (90%)
  • Follow protocols and operating procedures to maintain a high level of animal care.  (10%)
  • Thoroughly communicate daily status of animals verbally and in writing to coworkers, Supervisors, Curator.
  • Perform facility maintenance and exhibit modifications as directed.  Maintain Zoo equipment and property in clean, safe and appropriate condition; return it ready for next use.
  • As instructed, assist with monitoring and control of pest species, feral animals, predators, etc that may pose hazards to the health or well-being of the collection.
  • Work with and mentor youth volunteers throughout daily routine.
  • Provide appropriate animal enrichment opportunities and participate in operant conditioning programs, as assigned.  Learn and ensure implementation of LFCZ and AZA program animal and training/enrichment guidelines.
  • Assist with visitor concerns or emergencies.
  • Follow all safety protocols and understand role in emergency procedures.
  • Attend and complete required training classes and tests.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance as scheduled.  Exhibit flexibility as needed to cover schedule for special events.
  • Represent Dallas Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Animal care and education experience preferred, preferably in a Zoo or similar setting.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, zoology, education, or related field strongly preferred or equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.  Must display a high level of customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude.  Must have a desire to engage and work with large groups of children and adults.  Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management and other employees.
  • Must have excellent observational skills. 
  • Must be flexible, organized, self-motivated, and a team player.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing.   Spanish fluency a plus.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) or ability to master this and other software used by the Zoo within first few weeks after hiring.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders, and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to actively work outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with reliable transportation
  • Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test

How to Apply

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. EOE M/F/D/V www.dallaszoo.com Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to zoojobs@dallaszoo.com. All applicants MUST place job code LFCZ-INTER in the subject line to be considered.

Dallas Zoo Management, Inc.
650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203

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