Saint Louis Zoo Educator: School Programs (2 Openings) in Saint Louis, Missouri
Educator: School Programs (2 Openings)
Responsibilities: School program educators develop, present, and evaluate quality educational programs, on Zoo grounds, at various sites away from Zoo grounds, and virtually via distance learning (aka video conferences). School program educators will be cross-trained to be able to provide a variety of programs in a variety of settings. Primary audience for on grounds programs and afterschool programs are 1st-8th grade; primary audiences for outreach programs are early childhood organizations, as well as assisted living housing for senior citizens. Virtual programs are primarily presented to pre-K through 6th grade audiences. As such, the ability to teach to a variety of ages, group sizes, and types of audience, backgrounds, and abilities is key in this position. Educators model the Education Department’s mission, values, and philosophy, as well as adhere to the Zoo’s overall mission and values. Educators work in partnership with others as needed to design, implement, and evaluate new educational programs that convey age appropriate Zoo and conservation messages, and train other staff on any new programs created. While educators will deliver all program types, primary responsibilities may focus on either onsite or offsite/virtual programs. A successful candidate will thrive in fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere with an open-cubicle environment. The ability to be flexible and to mentally pivot is integral to success in this position.
Educators will be trained by the Zoo’s Animal Division to present live animals during programs; the safety and well-being of live animals must be ensured by the Educator at all times, as well as exhibiting responsible biofact management and handling. Attendance is required at all Zoo trainings, as well as select other professional development opportunities. Educators are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of Education vehicles, classrooms, and programs supplies, as well as assisting with other Education projects as assigned.
Qualifications: Abachelor’s degree in education/biology or related field required, with strong preference given to education degrees. Experience teaching informal science-education is desired. If hired, candidate must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds, on flat ground and up or down stairs, potentially several times a day. A valid driver’s license required (if Missouri is the issuing state, must be willing to obtain a Class E driver’s license). There will be a set schedule of week days, but some evening, weekend, and occasional holiday availability is required. Successful candidates will have excellent time management, organizational, and planning skills. Must be able to work independently, as well as delegate duties, if needed. Previous animal-handling experience with domestic and exotic animals within the last three years preferred. Excellent customer service skills needed. Required to have an annual TB test. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.