Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Learning Facilitator.
Responsible for development, implementation, presentation, promotion and evaluation of programs and activities the zoo’s business and mission. Typically, 80 percent of a Learning Facilitators’ time will be spent engaging with audiences and 20 percent of their time will be spent on development and other office tasks.
Woodland Park Zoo has three (3) Learning Facilitator openings. These positions have two different areas of primary focus.
- Volunteers (1): Engage and communicate with a large-scale volunteer program (600+ volunteers)
- Zoomazium (2): Develop, implement and present nature-based interactive play experiences for early learners in Zoomazium, an indoor facility that focuses on creating interactive learning programs for children from birth to eight (8) years of age
Please indicate in your cover letter which position you would prefer.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Facilitate and present engaging programs and experiences to audiences of all ages on and off zoo grounds
- Develop and implement curricula, programs, props and activities
- Provide feedback on curriculum, programs and activities
- Collect and organize data and statistics, and prepare reports
- Provide customer service information and assistance to the public, staff and volunteers. Provide crowd control, group management and rectify minor customer issues, complaints and disputes
- Assist with the evaluation of programs and activities
- Maintain program props, materials and supply inventories. Stock, clean and organize props and materials for programs
- Assist with development, facilitation and evaluation of training programs and activities. Facilitate trainings or training elements as appropriate.
- Perform logistical support duties to include booking and organizing rooms and resources, registering participants, processing payments, scheduling activities, maintaining statistics, records and databases
- Identify and recommend policy and process improvements to leads/supervisors/managers
- Transport program participants, materials and resources
- Mentor Instructors, volunteers and interns
- Research content and write articles, blog posts, fliers, publications, communications/interpretive materials and other promotional and support materials
- Facilitate meetings, including developing agendas, facilitating inclusive participation, building consensus, resolving conflicts and capturing notes.
- Perform other duties as assigned
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds and abilities (visitors, volunteers, teachers, and staff, etc.)
- Highly organized, detail oriented and efficient with excellent administrative and time management skills
- Ability to prioritize workload and schedules in a fast-paced environment with multiple agendas
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects with high energy and creative problem-solving skills
- Ability to anticipate needs and challenges, take initiative, ask questions, and provide solutions to achieve department and organization objectives
- Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision
- Adaptable to changing environments, operational protocols and business situations
- Highly professional public presence and strong customer service orientation
- Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, some evenings and holidays
- Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values
A minimum of two years combined education and experience developing and facilitating engaging, inclusive experiences for a variety of audiences; developing curriculum; and implementing and evaluating programs. Experience with a zoo, aquarium, museum, early childhood center, park or other informal education organization preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Washington State Driver’s License preferred.
Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications; particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct Internet research.
CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS
Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with guests in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages and abilities.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write curriculum, routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to a variety of audiences including young children, families, adults and before groups of zoo employees
The ability to speak another language in addition to English is highly valued.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.
The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting class props and materials.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
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Pay: $18.88/hour, plus benefits
- As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment.
- People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A criminal background check will be required of the selected applicant.
Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at zoo.org/jobs; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required.
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.
Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at firstname.lastname@example.org.