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Educator I

Nashville Zoo
Nolensville, United States Posted: July 11, 2024


Nashville Zoo is dedicated to inspiring a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation, and leadership. With a diverse collection of animals and a commitment to wildlife preservation, we provide engaging experiences for visitors of all ages.

Position Description:
  • The Educator I is part of a dedicated team who is committed to integrating education into the guest experience and recognizes the significance of education in fostering community support for the Zoo.
  • The Educator I is experienced in non-formal education with the demonstrated ability to adapt programming to a variety of audiences and program settings. 
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serves as educator for a wide variety of programming.
  • Has a strong knowledge of all program content.
  • Design and facilitate age-appropriate curricula for a wide variety of programming.
  • Assists in the development of new programming and curriculum.
  • Works with various animals during programming, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Assists with administering program evaluations and maintaining accurate statistics for all programming.
  • Engages with guests and program participants regularly, providing excellent service to ensure a positive guest experience.
  • Builds positive relationships within the Education Team and with other Zoo Departments.
  • Supports all Zoo education programs as needed. 
  • Participates in workshops, conferences and continuing education classes.
  • Assists with internal and external online registration systems. 
  • Participates in Nashville Zoo teams and projects. 
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns.   
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications
Skills:
  • Comfortable working with ambassador animals.
  • Desire to work with and speak to the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to represent the zoo.
  • Ability to work well independently without direct supervision.
  • Excellent multitasking and time management ability.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols.
Education/ Experience:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
Desired Skills:
  • The following skills and experience are desired or are considered a plus:
  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards, in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education/Interpretation, Education, or related field.
  • Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting.
  • Knowledge and experience with live animal education programming.
Physical Responsibilities:
  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period.
  • Applicants must be able to bend, stoop and extend themselves, etc., as required for assigned tasks. 
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
Work Schedule:
  • August through May: Tuesday- Saturday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • May through August: Monday- Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • Must have flexibility to adjust working days/ hours as needed.
Benefits:
  • Nashville Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, Employee Assistance Programs, a 401(k) plan with company match, paid time off, sick leave, long-term disability coverage, park discounts, and membership benefits.
Pre-employment requirements:
  • Nashville Zoo is an EEO Institution and a Drug Free Workplace
  • Candidates must submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.
  • Candidates for this position are subject to pre-employment Tuberculosis Screenings.

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