Education Specialist

Department: Education
Supervisor’s Title: Director of Education
Position Pay Range: Hourly $9.00
Personnel Classification: Part-time/Seasonal

Principal Summary
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is looking for a responsible, mature, driven, and hardworking individual with a passion in environmental education and working with teens in the Zoo Crew program. The Education Specialist supports the Education department by overseeing the Education areas of the zoo both on and off zoo grounds in support of the Zoo’s mission “to enrich lives through firsthand interactions with living things. This position includes supervision of the Zoo Crew members, animal husbandry, outreach and events both at the zoo and away, and creating a positive guest experience. This is a seasonal position from March-October with 20-40 hours each week.

Principal Duties
• Responsible for the supervision and evaluation of Zoo Crew members
• Responsible for the care of animals in the four education areas of the zoo; Critter Outpost, the Hive, Butterfly Pavilion, and Wrangler Roundup
• Maintain cleanliness and organization of each education area
• Follow all safety guidelines and demonstrate ability to make good decisions regarding the welfare of participants and animals
• Ability to multi-task and be detail oriented in a fast paced environment
• Provide excellent and professional communication with all Lincoln Children’s Zoo staff, volunteers, and guests
• Create a positive guest experience
• Create a positive working environment for all
• Foster a respectful, caring, and professional attitude with Zoo Crew and teen participants
• Assist with the preparation of new programs and outreach events
• Continue to uphold the zoo’s mission at the zoo and zoo functions as well as whenever in zoo attire on and off zoo grounds
• Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions
Primary work outside during the open season. Lifting and carrying up to, but not to exceed 50 pounds. Will work directly with children and education program animals.

Required Qualifications
• Ability to interact with the public in an engaging and welcoming manner.
• Ability to connect with teens and act as a mentor
• Ability to work as an effective team member as well as function independently
• Must be able to act in a responsible and mature manner, using common sense
• Ability to remain calm and think rationally under pressure
• Must be available for duration of summer, some nights, and weekends; time off will only be granted for “once in a lifetime” events i.e. weddings, births, funerals, and emergencies and given on a first come first serve basis
• Must be 18 years of age
• Must complete first year of college or university. Working toward a degree in animal science, environmental education, zoology, biology, or education strong plus
• Experience and/or strong interest in supervising teens on a daily basis
• Experience and/or strong interest in environmental education, animal science, or related field
• Must be on your feet almost the entire time
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
• CPR and First Aid training strong plus