Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo

Company Name
Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, California, 94605, United States

Contact Name
Shaunte Coleman

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Job Title
Part-time Education Department Specialist- Level 1

Non-Profit Education

Part Time/Full Time/Other

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Education Level
Bachelor’s Degree

Job Description

Schedule and Salary

Days: Varies Weekends and Weekdays
Hours: Varies 16-24 hours
Start Date: Immediately
Salary: $17.50 – $20.00
Classification: Non-Exempt
Application Deadline: Open until filled

General position description – provide interactive, engaging, high-quality delivery of Oakland Zoo’s PreK – 12 Education programs, including some collaboration on the design of curriculum, activities and programs in accordance with and supporting the Zoo’s and Education’s mission and the NGSS. This person will uphold the mission and values established by the East Bay Zoological Society (the “Zoo”) and adhere to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo and the Education Director.

Prepare and deliver/teach Education programs (PreK – 12) in an informative, safe, engaging, and high-quality manner. Programs may include: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, Scout and Family Overnights, Pathway Encounters, Feeding Talks, Public Programs, workshops, and festivals and community events, on-site at the Zoo and off-site in other venues.
Follow animal protocols and maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
Maintain positive attitude and collaborative working relationships with volunteers, co-workers, program participants, and internal and external customers.
Demonstrate superior customer service with vendors, visitors, students, parents, etc.
Demonstrate knowledge of, and support the East Bay Zoological Society’s mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior.
Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Required Capabilities
Background in biology, environmental science, conservation, or ecology
Background in teaching (formal or informal) pre K – HS highly preferred
Excellent classroom management and discipline skills
Ability to handle and present small, wild animals in an engaging, safe, educational format
Knowledge of animals and current conservation issues highly desired
Understanding of children and their needs, good rapport with children
Friendly, energetic, and open manner
Must be able to walk moderate hills and be on feet for 60 minutes at a time
Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills
Ability to handle stressful situations and maintain a sense of perspective and humor
Ability to problem-solve and show good judgment
Ability to organize tasks and ensure timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy
Consistent tact and diplomacy; courteous and respectful interaction with supervisors, co-workers, visitors, and the general public
Ability to work well with minimal direct supervision
Ability to work well within a team
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, often changeable environment
Proactive in finding new assignments/tasks as other assignments/tasks are completed

Required Education
A Bachelor’s degree in Education or the Biological Sciences from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience preferred.

Required Experience
Previous classroom or informal education experience highly preferred
Previous animal handling experience required for animal-based programs
Experience working with underserved communities and families or in multi-cultural settings highly preferred

Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

How to Apply
TO APPLY: Email your resume and cover letter to, along with: • 2 Professional references preferred If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject — failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review. You may also download an application by going to our website (under “Employment”, where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR). In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo’s Human Resources office. Please, no phone calls! We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application.

Expiration Date
August 31, 2018