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Part Time Education Specialist Level I
Conservation Society of California

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Part Time Education Specialist Level I
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Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 20 days ago
Job Role
Science Instructor, Biology Instructor
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit, Retail

Job Description

Job Title: Part Time Education Specialist Level I

Job Code:

Department: Education

FLSA Status: Nonexempt


Reports To: Education Program Director


Serves as a first-line instructor, developing and delivering interactive, safe, engaging, high-quality Pre-K – 12 Education programs. Helps with the identification of content to be covered and the development of Conservation Education curriculum and materials, in accordance with and supporting the Conservation Society of California’s mission and the NGSS. May guide group or individual tours of the institution, and interpret and lead public programs, discussions regarding animal background, care and activities, environmental issues, and other topics of interest to the guests. Serves as a technical resource to visitors This person will uphold the mission and values established by the Conservation Society of California (the "Zoo") and adhere to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo and the Education Director. Has a proven ability to teach rigorous conservation education and willingness to obtain training to handle program animals. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Prepare and deliver/teach all Education programming (PreK – 12) in an informative, safe, engaging, and high-quality manner. Programs include, but are not limited to: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, ZooSchool, Wildlife Assemblies, Scout Badge Workshops, festivals and community events, field biology classes and workshops, creek and garden classes, etc., on-site at the Zoo and off-site in other venues.
  • Follow animal protocols and obtain/maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
  • Maintain positive attitude and collaborative working relationships with volunteers, co-workers, program participants, and internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrate superior customer service with vendors, visitors, students, parents, etc.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support the California Conservation Society’s mission, vision, values, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior. 

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Participate in collaborations with CSC partners
  • Collaborate with Education Program Directors on program development
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned

Supervisory Responsibility

  • none

Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

  • A AA or above degree in Education or the Biological Sciences from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Certification (CIG) required. May be obtained through OZ.
  • At least 2 years of experience in formal or informal educational settings, including but not limited to outdoor education, classroom, camps etc.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and clean driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

  • Background in biology, environmental science, conservation, or ecology required
  • Background in curriculum development highly desired
  • Background in teaching (formal or informal) K – HS
  • Excellent classroom management and discipline skills
  • Follow animal protocols and maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
  • Knowledge of animals and current conservation issues
  • Friendly, energetic, and open manner
  • Must be able to walk moderate hills and be on feet for 90 minutes at a time.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and maintain a sense of perspective and humor
  • Ability to problem-solve and show good judgment
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to organize tasks and ensure timely completion of projects with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Consistent tact and diplomacy; courteous and respectful interaction with supervisors, co-workers, visitors, and the general public
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to work well with little direct supervision
  • Ability to work well within a team and be a team leader
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, often changeable environment
  • Proactive in finding new assignments/tasks as other assignments/tasks are completed

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. 

  • About 60% of time spent outdoors in a range of weather conditions. Exposed to sun, wind, light rain, and outdoor temperatures and noise levels. Otherwise general office conditions, exposed to moderate noise levels.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors and in variable weather conditions.

Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Must be able to walk moderate hills, be on feet for 90 minutes, and lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to drive zoo vehicles

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Zoo reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Business Overview

Our Story

The Oakland Zoo was founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow. In 1936, Henry's son Sidney established the non-profit organization East Bay Zoological Society, which was originally known as the Alameda County Botanical and Zoological Society. The East Bay Zoological Society has been operating and managing the Zoo as a non-profit organization for the City of Oakland since 1982.


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