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Job Opening: Zoo Education Facilitator Lead Teaching Assistant

Nov. 16, 2022 - ABQ BioPark Zoo education programs focus on on-grounds interpretation. This includes conservation education programs, summer and spring break day camps, evening and overnight programming, tours, ambassador animal encounters, and general exhibit interpretation. The education facilitator is responsible for certifying on and presenting ambassador animals; performing informal and formal exhibit interpretation; and implementing various programming.  This position is primarily located at the Zoo.

The Zoo education facilitator position is staffed through a temporary staffing agency and reports to the Zoo education coordinator. The Zoo education coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating education activities for the Zoo. This includes animal handling and training, and working with volunteer interpreters.

Education Requirements and Qualifications

The recommended education and experience requirements include two years of experience in teaching formal or informal education, preferably in the sciences. Formal education may be interchangeable by a degree with major coursework in science, education, or a related field, plus one year of experience in informal educational programming. Experience working in zoo and/or aquarium education is a plus. Individuals selected for the position must pass a background check.

Tasks

  • Presenting formal and informal education programming across Zoo grounds including feeding narrations, general interpretation, Discovery Days, tours, etc.
  • Assisting with Zoo docent training and volunteer trainings
  • Assisting with the summer and spring break Camp BioPark
  • Handling and presenting the ambassador animal collection under supervision of the Zoo education coordinator, animal behavior and enrichment manager and ambassador animal zoo keepers. The program includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. Facilitator must obtain and keep an animal handling certification on animals assigned by Zoo education coordinator.
  • Working alongside animal ambassador zoo keepers to present or interpret ambassador animals on-grounds
  • Working as part of the education team on BioPark wide programming, events and planning
  • Working as part of a team including education volunteers
  • Computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Performing general BioPark administrative tasks
  • Other duties as assigned by Zoo education coordinator or education curator.

Work schedule

Work schedule is 20 to 40 hours a week. Full- and Part-time positions available.  Weekend and evening hours will be required. Evening programs or programs outside of work schedule will be assigned in advance. Hours in one week may not exceed 40 hours (or part-time status agreed upon at hiring).  It is the responsibility of the Zoo education facilitator to flex and track those hours in conjunction with the Zoo Education Coordinator.

Pay rate

$15.96/hour. This position is hired through a temporary staffing agency, not the City of Albuquerque.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted to ATA Service at www.ataservices.net.

To apply, create a profile on the website and look under Current Openings for Lead Teaching Assistant, BioPark (Zoo).  Please submit a resume, a letter of interest and three professional references.