Job Title:   EDUCATOR GUIDE-ZOO SUMMER CAMP
San Diego Zoo
144102
Days
Education
ANY
Without Benefits

 
**This Employer Participates in E-Verify**
 
**San Diego Zoo Global is a non smoking work place**
Deadline to apply:  Sunday, April 21, 2013
by 9:30 p.m. PacificTime.

(Union position)  $19.09 per hour.
    
"Put Your Passion for Wildlife to Work"

The Educator/Guide, under direction, educates and interprets the San Diego Zoo Global's plant and animal collection for students enrolled in summer camp. Student ages range from 4 to 18.  These are short-term summer positions that last 2 to 3 months. Educators must be skilled at delivering content with FUN in mind, have strong behavior management skills, and use a positive approach to all challenges associated with teaching.   Experience as an elementry school teacher is required.  Experience teaching art to children is preferred.  The Zoo's camps are inclusive and we welcome children with special needs. Summer staff does NOT handle animals.  Qualified candidates understand and practice the solid principles of teaching and learning theory.  They poses skills that motivate students to be curious about nature.  Selected candidates will experience an 8 day paid training  period and teach student for 7 weeks.  Applicants must be available to work from Mid-June to Mid-August, Monday-Friday. Hours will vary from 2-40 per week based on class enrollment.  A valid California driver license is required for some assignments.
(Updated and extended 4/15/13)

 
 
REQUIREMENTS:
 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS  
  • Educates and interprets
  • Conducts a variety of programs (from 4 to 12 offerings)
  • Delivers programs off safari park/zoo grounds
  • Gives input to program developers
  • Teaches summer school
  • Performs storytelling and puppet shows
  • Operates a variety of organization vehicles and audio visual equipment
  • Handles artifacts and biofacts
  • Collects program feedback
  • Escorts groups behind the scenes
  • Works with a variety of different groups
  • Monitors program materials and props
  • May conduct city-school programs
  • Care for and handle animals
  • Prepare diets and feed animals
  • Administer medications and nutritional supplements
  • Present animals to the public for tours and small group encounters
  • Seasonal educators do no handle or provide daily care for animals
  • Ensure animal safety in vehicles when traveling off-grounds 
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

  • Educates and interprets for organized school groups from preschool through college age
  • Works with a variety of different groups including conventions, VIPs, disabled, seniors, donors and membership groups
  • Interacts with groups to meet specific needs and assists with marketing and public relations special events
  • Maintain logs and records concerning animal health and care
  • exercise animals; observe animals' behaviors and report abnormal conditions
  • Loaned to other departments (development, public relations, transportation, mammals and the children's zoo)
  • May conduct city-school programs which necessitates additional bus training and licensing
  • Educator/guides care for and handle animals
  • Bathe, brush and clip animals and clean enclosures
  • Perform routine and minor maintenance on exhibit equipment
 
ANCILLARY FUNCTIONS
 
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

 QUALIFICATIONS

Competently perform the essential functions, knowledge and skills duties outlined; valid California driver license.
 
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of biology or zoology, including animal behavior
  • Teaching methods and practices; and learning theory
  • Caring for and handling animals
Ability to:
  • Teach and motivate all grade levels on a variety of themes
  • Communicate effectively
  • Handle, care for, and condition a variety of animals
  • Monitor animal behavior
  • Keep records, follow procedures, and maintain flexibility with scheduling
  • Operate motor vehicles safely
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public and staff
 WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Exposure to tour vehicles fumes, engine heat, engine noise, and vibration; exposure to varying weather conditions; work in temperatures above 100 degrees in the summer months at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, exposure to dust, allergens, confined or cramped spaces; oil/grease, slippery surfaces, and elevated positions. 

ALL EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A DRUG SCREEN
SOME EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING PRE-PLACEMENT TESTING.
 
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