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School Programs Presenter 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetics, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Education  
Reports To Supervisor, School & Community Engagement  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Pay Rate $12.87 per hour  
Full-Time/Part-Time Contingent  
About the Organization Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet's future.  

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for School Program Presenter in the School & Community Engagement department. There is one part-time, temporary, non-benefited position to be filled at this time.

The School Programs Presenter is responsible for presenting engaging programs and experiences to school audiences, primarily K-6th grade, on and off zoo grounds. The person in this position will lead formal, structured, inquiry-based programs for school groups at Woodland Park Zoo, in classrooms, and in the outdoors. Successful candidates should have the ability to present programs for up to 30 students and chaperones on zoo grounds or other outdoor settings, up to 60 students in a school classroom setting, and large groups of students and chaperones in an auditorium setting. The School Programs Presenter is expected to be familiar with Washington state learning standards, state environmental and sustainability education standards and national science standards for K-12th grades. 


Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to program participants, on and/or off zoo grounds.


  • Present engaging programs and experiences utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action.
  • Lead safe and educational experiences for participants involving hands-on, inquiry-based activities and/or research projects in a variety of field conditions, on and/or off zoo grounds depending on position. 
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages.
  • May handle and present a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods (depending on program).
  • Organize rooms, props and materials for programs; maintain prop, material and supply inventories
  • Mentor interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision.
  • Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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.

  • Ability to present creative, mission-driven programming.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.
  • Must possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation.
  • Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to handle education program animals and to become a WPZ-certified animal presenter (requirement in specific positions).
  • Ability to drive an electric cart.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.


A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in natural science or environmental education presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all age levels.


  • Valid Washington state driver’s license required
  • First Aid and CPR 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.


Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.


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 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 talk or hear and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting animals, 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.




Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

Close Date 8/4/2014  
Number of Openings 4  
Shift Days  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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