Education Program Instructors

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-601229
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: 2 year degree
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 12, 2017
    • Years of Experience: College
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Zoo Atlanta Job Description

Title: Education Instructor

Updated: December 2017

Department: Education

Job Status: Part-Time

Reports to:

  • * School and Family Programs Supervisors
  • * Manager of School and Family Programs

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Job Purpose: An Education Instructor advances the mission of Zoo Atlanta by creating experiences that engage, educate and energize program participants to action. These individuals teach day and evening programs both at the Zoo and in the community. Specifically, they facilitate learning for groups of all ages using interactive, STEM-based curriculum that showcases Zoo Atlanta’s work to conserve wildlife and wild places; how to protect our environment; and how every person can make a difference in these areas. This is a part-time position and is scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver high quality programming as part of all Zoo Atlanta educational experiences, both daytime and evening/overnight. Programming includes but is not limited to: Safari Camp, Field Trip programs, ZooMobiles, Night Crawlers, Scout Programs, Home School Academy, Special Events, and Tours
  • Preparation and breakdown of program materials
  • Commitment to learn and master all content and skills needed to provide quality programming to Zoo program participants and guests. Including, but not limited to, program content and successful completing animal handling training
  • Must maintain current animal handling status as well as all Zoo Atlanta mandatory training (i.e. customer service training)
  • Must attend all mandatory staff meetings and workshops
  • Completion of various additional duties as assigned

Schedule/Availability Requirements:

  • Day Programs: Commitment to work multiple weekdays and weekends (a minimum of 7 available days a month is required, as needed)
  • NightCrawler Overnight Programs: Shifts run 5:30 PM until 11:00 AM the next day, Wednesday thru Saturday. Commitment to work weekdays and weekends (with a minimum of 3 available shifts required per month, as needed)


  • Previous experience teaching children required; either in a formal or informal environment.
  • Excellent oral communication skills required
  • Must have an appreciation for environmental education and a commitment to conservation and animal welfare
  • Professional dress, appearance, and conduct
  • Must be comfortable handling and working with animals, including snakes and other reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and invertebrates
  • Ability to drive Zoo Atlanta outreach van
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license
  • Must pass background and TB check


  • Must have completed 2 years and be actively enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program in biology, zoology, education, psychology, or related field.


  • Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds
  • Willingness to work outside in inclement weather


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment

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