Nashville Zoo Position Description
Education Assistant – Interpretive Programs (Part time, Temporary)
Position/Title: Education Assistant – Interpretive Programs (Part Time, Temporary)
Supervisor: Program Managers
Nashville Zoo is seeking upbeat, positive individuals to serve as educators for various types of programming.
We are currently hiring Education Assistants for Interpretive Programs:
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 offered in November. 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
· Other duties as assigned
- 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
- 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
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
- Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
- Ability to walk zoo grounds for long periods of time, up and down stairs, bend down, and ambulate quickly
Prior to hire, the successful candidate must:
- Provide proof of a negative TB test as a pre-requisite to handling animals
· Provide proof of a valid driver’s license
Applicants for this position are required to submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.
Please email resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org