Daytime Educator I (part-time)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-837750
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 21, 2022
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Zoo Atlanta lives by the phrase, "a fun place to work and play," and is unique among workplaces in that our heart and soul is the daily care of more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Where else in the city can you go to work alongside giant pandas, gorillas, elephants, and many more? Our mission sets us apart, and every day at Zoo Atlanta is an opportunity for discovery, a chance to contribute to conservation, and a way to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community

Job Perks (Seasonal and Part-Time):

As a part-time Education team member, you will enjoy a fun fast paced environment and great teammates as well as:
  • Retirement Savings Plan (403b)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • FREE park admission for family and friends
  • Discounted pricing on individual and family education programs, such as Safari CampTwilight TrekNightCrawlerSurvival Safari, and much more!
  • Join the standby list for free behind-the-scenes encounters with elephants, lemurs, giant pandas, aldabra tortoises!
  • 50% off Zoo Atlanta memberships. Gift up to 5 others with 50% off Zoo membership.
  • Park discounts on food, gift shop merchandise, etc.
  • Local discounts and free admission to partnering attractions, such as the Georgia Aquarium, Dollywood, and more!

Job Title: School and Family Daytime Educator I

Posted: November 2022

Start Date: January 2023

Department: Education

Job Status: Part-time

Primary Reporting to: School Programs Supervisor

Secondary Reporting to: Manager of School and Family Programs

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Job Purpose: A Daytime Educator I advances the mission of Zoo Atlanta by creating experiences that engage, educate and energize program participants to action. These individuals teach day 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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver high quality programming as part of all Zoo Atlanta’s daytime educational experiences. Programming includes but is not limited to: Field Trip programs, ZooMobiles, Scout Programs, Professional Learning programs, Home School Academy, Safari Camp, Special Events, and Tours.
  • Willingness to cross train on additional Education programs such as NightCrawler, Twilight Trek, and Adventure Cubs.
  • Commitment to learn and master all content and skills needed to provide quality programming to Zoo program participants and guests.
  • Be able to provide excellent customer service to all zoo guests, including parents, teachers, chaperones, students, etc.
  • Preparation and breakdown of program materials.
  • Report program needs to supervisor as necessary.
  • Know and follow all emergency procedures and protocols.
  • Maintain a positive and encouraging attitude to co-workers and guests.
  • Assist with and/or lead on-grounds programming and projects as needed.
  • Must attend all Zoo Atlanta mandatory training (i.e. customer service training) as well as Team meetings and workshops
  • Completion of various additional duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications :

  • Minimum of 6 months experience with interpretation, formal or informal education in a zoological, museum, camp, school, non-profit or related setting.
  • Experience working with children and families.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • 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 working around animals, including snakes and other reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and invertebrates.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer.
  • Ability to drive Zoo Atlanta outreach van.
  • Willingness to be CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
  • Must pass background and TB check.
  • Bilingual in conversational Spanish preferred.


  • Education level required for position: Associate’s degree or two years of college education majoring in Education, Communication, Interpretation, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education, or related field

Schedule/Availability Requirements:

  • Must be able to provide at minimum the following availability:
    • Low Season (August-February): Must provide 3 days/week availability.
    • High Season (March-July): Must provide 4 days/week availability.
    • Year Round: Must provide 1 weekend day each month.
      • Programs run Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm, with the potential for weekend, early morning, and late afternoon programs.


  • 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