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Woodland Park Zoo

Public Programs Specialist

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to announce one full-time, benefited position 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 Specialist is responsible for delivering these programs that include early childhood activities and classes in Zoomazium, Ambassador Animal programs at our theater, demonstrations at exhibits, facilitating activities at special events and delivering school programs.  The Public Programs Specialist will also assist in the year-round planning, development and evaluation of these programs to ensure our visitors have a wide variety of educational opportunities and activities to participate in across the entire zoo, throughout the year. The ability to speak another language in addition to English is highly valued. The Public Program Specialist will also support the larger cross-team initiave that champions efforts to connect our visitors to the animals in our collection and their wild counterparts, inspire conservation action, and support culturally responsive practices.  


  • Develop curricula, programs and activities
  • Present engaging programs and experiences to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds that inspire conservation action
  • Develop, lead and assist with training programs
  • Research content and write publications and other support documents
  • Perform logistical support duties including: register participants, schedule activities, maintain records and databases
  • Assist with the evaluation of programs and activities
  • Assist with collection and reporting of statistics
  • Maintain program props, materials and supply inventories
  • Assist with research, development, revision and dissemination of program/project  supporting and promotional materials and interpretive elements
  • Lead/mentor presenters, volunteers and interns
  • Perform other duties as assigned


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


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 develop and present creative, mission-driven programming to a wide variety of audiences and to mentor presenters, interns and volunteers
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision
  • Possess general knowledge of natural history 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, some evenings and holidays
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values


A minimum of two years  combined education and experience in a natural science or environmental education field to include program and curriculum development with experience presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to all audiences; curriculum development; and program implementation/evaluation. Minimum of one year of experience, or seasonal work, with a zoo, aquarium, museum, park or other informal education facility preferred.


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.


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.


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

Bi-lingual or multi-lingual experience encouraged.


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.


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 class props and materials.


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.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; 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

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 2065482428

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