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Job Opportunity at the ABQ BioPark: 
Volunteer Facilitator

The Albuquerque BioPark’s Education Team is seeking a friendly, organized and motivated team member to assist in organization of the BioPark Volunteer Program. This position will require work at all four BioPark facilities (zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, and Tingley Beach).
March 19, 2024


The Volunteer Program at the BioPark focuses on exciting guests about nature and conservation. This is done mainly through on-grounds interpretation. This includes conservation education programs, summer and spring break day camps, evening programming, tours, insect encounters, an interactive aquatic Touchpool and general interpretation. The BioPark Volunteer Facilitator is responsible for assisting the BioPark Volunteer Coordinator with the planning, coordination and execution of the BioPark Volunteer Program.

The Volunteer Facilitator will be working out of offices at Aquarium/Botanic Garden facilities and will be at the Zoo and Tingley Beach as needed. The Education Department is a team and works across all BioPark facilities. This position is employed through a temporary staffing agency, not the City of Albuquerque, and is located at the ABQ BioPark. This position is limited to a two-year term.

The ABQ BioPark consists of the Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo and Tingley Beach.

Volunteer Facilitator tasks include:

  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and trainings

  • Assist with volunteer recognition and appreciation

  • Assist with the summer and spring break Camp BioPark volunteers

  • Assist in maintaining and creating volunteer programming

  • Work as a mentor for teen volunteers over the summer

  • Work as part of the Education Team on BioPark wide programming, events and planning

  • Perform general BioPark administrative tasks

  • Presenting formal and informal education programming across BioPark grounds

    including feeding narrations, general interpretation, Discovery Days, tours, etc.

  • Other duties as assigned by Volunteer Coordinator or Education Curator.

A successful candidate will have the following recommended education, experience and skill requirements:

  • Two or more years of directly related experience in the development/implementation of volunteer programs is a plus.

  • An interest in environmental/science education, ecology, biology or a related fields.

Volunteer Facilitator Position

  • Computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

  • Experience working in zoo or aquarium education is a plus.

  • Individuals selected for the position must pass a background check.

  • Have a friendly and open personality and enjoy working with a diverse cross section of

    individuals from a variety of departments at all levels of government and job positions.

  • Be comfortable working outdoors for short periods of time in variable weather



Applicants must be 18 years or older and be physically able to lift or move up to 30 pounds (stanchions, photo/video equipment). Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.

Candidates must pass a security background check to be hired.

Work schedule:

Work schedule is 40 hours per week. Typical schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of June and July which will be Monday-Friday. Weekend and evening hours will be required. Evening programs or programs outside of work schedule will be assigned in advance. It is the responsibility of the Volunteer Facilitator to flex and track those hours in conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator they report to.

Pay rate:

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

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to the volunteer coordinator, Rebecca Cervantes, at [email protected] This position is open until filled.