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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Class Instructor

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is currently recruiting enthusiastic and experienced individuals for the position of Class Instructor – Summer Camps, with the possibility of extension to include sleepovers, outreach presentations, volunteer training, and other educational duties on an “as-needed” basis throughout the year.  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • At least one year of teaching experience, in formal or informal settings.
  • Experience delivering developmentally appropriate, engaging presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Prior animal handling experience of both domestic and exotic species, including but not limited to reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and birds.
  • Ability to lift over 50 lbs.
  • Availability to work weekday, overnight, special event, and other irregular hours in support of programmatic needs.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Providing engaging and educational presentations to a variety of audiences that incorporate conservation messaging.
  • Instructing camps, outreach programs, and other educational classes using prepared written curriculum, that include crafts, outdoor learning, and other hands-on activities.
  • Safely handling a variety of domestic and exotic animals, based on formal animal handling protocols and in the best interest of animal welfare.
  • Coordinating daily activities with all departments at the Park and Zoo to support camp and inreach programs.
  • Effectively communicating with the education team, volunteers, and other Park and Zoo staff.
  • Supervising and training volunteers to ensure the safety of all guests.


If interested, please include all relevant paid and unpaid work experience with your application for the Class Instructor (PT Un-Benefited) position, as posted on the City of San Jose Human Resources website; Click on All Jobs, then search for Class Instructor PT Requisition 1700121.

All applications must be received by Sunday, February 26 at 11:59 PST for full consideration. This position is covered by the City of San Jose Living Wage ($21.39/hr) and subject to all posted minimum requirements.


If you have any questions about this position, please contact Jonathan Ismail, Zoo Education Specialist, at or (408) 794-6424.

If you have questions regarding the online application process or application software, please contact Jaine Davies, Employee Services Analyst at

The City of San José is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws.


$21.39/hr (City of San Jose Living Wage)

How to Apply

Go to: click on All Jobs then Search for Class Instructor PT Requisition 1700121

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-794-6424

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