Exhibit Interpreter I (Part-Time)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-801662
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 30, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Title: Exhibit Interpreter I

Position Posted: N/A

Department: Education

Reports to: Interpretive Programs Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Job Status: Part-time


Job Purpose: The Public Programs team advances Zoo Atlanta’s mission by providing engaging experiences that connect our guests to our conservation and research initiatives, our animal ambassadors, and wildlife and wild places, through effective interpretation. We empower and inspire guests to take conservation actions to create a better world in which wildlife and humans can flourish together. As a part of the Public Programs Team, the Exhibit Interpreter I position is primarily responsible for conducting informal interpretation and interpretive programs onsite. This position directly reports to the Interpretive Programs Supervisor.

Experience and Skills:


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Proactively engage guests in interpretive, educational experiences, including informal interpretation, theater stage presentations, interactive Conservation Carts, storybook readings, and other activities.
  • Raise awareness of conservation issues and empower a diverse audience of guests to take action, through interpretation.
  • Perform formal interpretive presentations to large crowds using a microphone.
  • Move large groups of guests through various animal habitat viewing areas by leading and providing crowd control for up to 60 guests at a time.
  • Provide excellent guest service at animal habitats to ensure a positive viewing experience for everyone.
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with staff, volunteers, and guests.
  • Commitment to learn and master all content and skills needed to provide quality interpretation and programming to Zoo guests, including review and staying up to date on relevant Zoo information through correct, current, and approved sources.
  • Assist in the organization and maintenance of educational materials as needed.
  • Must attend all Zoo Atlanta mandatory training (i.e. customer service training) as well as Team meetings and workshops.
  • Assist with Zoo sponsored events, sometimes in early morning or evening hours.
  • Any other miscellaneous projects assigned by Zoo Atlanta’s Education management team.
  • Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s Vision, Mission and Values statement.
  • Zoo Atlanta is open to the public 363 days out of the year, therefore, all positions at Zoo Atlanta may require employees to work weekends, holidays, and evenings.




  • A minimum of 6 months experience with interpretation, public speaking, formal or informal education in a zoological, museum, camp, school, non-profit or related setting.
  • Understanding of AZA-accredited institutions and related functions
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working with children and families
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Professional dress, appearance, and conduct
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer.
  • Flexible schedule as weekends, holidays, and some evenings are required
  • Availability: 3 days per week minimum availability required. At least one consistent weekend day required.



Education level required for positions

  • Associate’s degree or two years of college education majoring in Education, Communication, Interpretation, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education, or equivalent relevant experience.



  • National Association for Interpretation, Certified Interpretive Guide Certification (CIG) preferred



  • Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended lengths of time.



  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Must be comfortable spending significant amounts of time interpreting in close proximity to all species, including reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects, but no handling of animals required.



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.