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Education Assistant / Nashville Zoo

01/18/2018 11:48 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

Nashville Zoo Position Description EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Education Assistant

 Position/Title: Education Assistant – Interpretive Programs (Seasonal)

 Department: Education 

Supervisor: Historic Site Manager 

Description: Nashville Zoo is seeking upbeat, positive individuals to serve as educators for interpretive programming. Positions may be trained and available for other programming as needed throughout the season, but will primarily work with interpretive programs. Weekend, holiday, and some evening work may be required.

 Interpretive programs are focused on two areas of the zoo, our Grassmere Historic Farm and Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant will lead guided tours of the Grassmere Historic Home and Farm, as well as interact with guests at our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant educates guests on the history of our property, and how Grassmere ties into the story of Nashville Zoo. 

This position also provides basic rules and etiquette, as well as interpreting animal knowledge, for the residents of our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. Interpretive programs are offered from March through October, with some tours being offered in November and December. This is a seasonal, part- to full-time position. 

The Education Assistant is responsible for:  

Educating zoo guests about the historic farm, families that lived there, the land, and how it relates to Nashville zoo, through both guided and open house tours.  Educating zoo guests about animals at our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit, including basic exhibit rules and animal information. 

The Education Assistant position does not perform any animal handling or husbandry duties, this is strictly an interpretive position.  Performing daily light cleaning of the furnishings and artifacts in the historic home and outbuildings, as well as light grounds work.  Assisting in special events as needed  If need dictates throughout the season, may be trained for overnight, teen, or camp programming  

Other duties as assigned Skills:  Excellent communication, leadership, and time management skills; and the ability to work as part of a team  Must work well without direct supervision  Must have the ability to follow written and oral instructions  Must work well with audiences of varying ages  Knowledge of basic teaching methods as well as non-traditional techniques for early childhood development  Computer experience, including use of Microsoft Office and digital media  Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols  Experience interacting with the public is required  Previous experience teaching or working in a camp setting is strongly desired Education:  

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age  High school diploma or GED equivalent required  Strong interest or background in education, history, museums, or interpretation desired  Bachelor’s degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, or other environmentally related major desired Physical Requirements:  Ability to lift up to 25 pounds  Ability to work outdoors in rain, humidity, and temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit  Ability to walk zoo grounds for long periods of time, up and down stairs, bend down, and ambulate quickly Position Description: Education Assistant (Seasonal) Employee Requirements: Prior to hire, the successful candidate must:  Submit to a criminal background check and drug screen  Provide proof of a valid driver’s license 

To apply: Please submit your resume to careers@nashvillezoo.org or complete an application on our website at www.nashvillezoo.org. Nashville Zoo is an EEO Institution and a Drug Free Workplace

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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