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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Public Programs Presenter

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to announce multiple, part-time presenter positions on the Public Programs team within the Education Department.  The Public Programs team is responsible for delivering engaging educational programs on-zoo grounds for our 1.3 million visitors each year.  The Public Programs Presenters are responsible for delivering programs that include early childhood activities, ambassador animal programs and demonstrations at exhibits as well as facilitating activities at special events and delivering school programs. The ideal candidate for this position will be outgoing and enjoy engaging with people of all ages, cultures and abilities.  The ability to speak another language in addition to English is highly valued. Due to the seasonality of our programs, we are looking for candidates who can either make a nine month commitment (March – November) or a five month commitment (May – September).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Present engaging programs and experiences utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action
  • Lead safe and educational experiences for participants involving hands-on,  inquiry-based activities on and off zoo grounds
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision
  • Organize rooms, program props and materials for programs
  • Mentor interns and volunteers
  • Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to present creative, mission-driven programming
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and customer service oriented. Able to deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision
  • Possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation
  • Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which including weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in early childhood, natural science or environmental education and/or presenting thematically based interpretive programs or classes to audiences of all age levels.  

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS

Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write curriculum, routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to a variety of audiences including young children, families, adults and before groups of zoo employees.

The ability to speak another language in addition to English is highly valued.

MATHEMATICAL ABILITY

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting animals, class props and materials.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be acceptedCover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

How to Apply

https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1528769

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 2065482428

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