Education Instructor - Seasonal (Multiple Positions)
Kansas City Zoo - Kansas City, MO

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This is a Seasonal position with the Zoo.

BASIC FUNCTION:

Under general direction, an Education Instructor delivers education programs, organizes and maintains all materials associated with the respective program, supervises participants, and occasionally aids with curriculum development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assists the coordinator in the delivery of education programs both on-site and off-site while promoting Zoo conservation education
  • Assists the coordinator in development and enhancements of programs.
  • Assists in resource gathering and maintenance of resources
  • Assists in the transportation of the Zoo’s teaching collection
  • Assists in administrative support of programs
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the coordinators

PHYSICAL EFFORT:
  • Position requires the ability to move about easily among various venues, both in and out of doors. Occasional lifting of 40 to 50 pounds is required.
  • Position requires ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Position requires no impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, and agility of movement, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Position requires a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Position requires animal contact.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Work is typically performed in spaces allocated for educational functions both in and out of doors, both on and off zoo grounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

RELATIONSHIPS:

· External: Frequently with teachers, program participants, parents, visitors, volunteers, and community service workers
  • Internal: Daily with employees

SKILLS NEEDED:
  • Skills in classroom management
  • Skill in using teaching aids, including animals, biofacts, artifacts and library resources
  • Skill in handling animals appropriately and safely
  • Skill in using audio-visual equipment and computers
  • Skill in delivering education programs, projects, activities and events
  • Skill in engaging audiences and public speaking
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with adult/juvenile volunteers, teachers, other Zoo staff and the public
  • Skill in interacting with and supervising participants
  • Skill is interacting appropriately with teachers, parents and chaperones
  • Skill in researching, creating and writing a variety of Zoo-related programs/activities and informational sheets
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or working towards a Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Teaching experience with formal and informal education programs preferred
  • Zoo, aquarium or museum related experience preferred
DECISION MAKING:

Decisions related to task priorities .

SUPERVISION:

Restricted – according to the parameters of the educational program being administered, some latitude will be given to carry out defined work objectives.

EMOTIONAL:

High. Frequent short deadlines. Hectic work environment with occasional periods of high stress

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