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Nashville Zoo

Educator I

Nashville Zoo


Job Summary

Nashville Zoo Position Description


Position/Title: Educator I

Department: Education

Supervisor: School Programs Manager

Description: The Educator I is part of a dedicated team who are committed to integrating education into the guest experience and recognizes the significance of education in fostering community support for the Zoo. The Educator I is experienced in non-formal education with demonstrated ability to adapt programming to a variety of audiences and program settings.

Job Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as an educator for onsite and offsite programming.
  • Has a strong knowledge of all program content.
  • Designs and facilitates age-appropriate curricula on-site, virtually, and through community outreach.
  • Assists in the development of new programming and curriculum.
  • Works with a variety of animals during programming, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates
  • Assists with administering program evaluations, as well as maintaining accurate statistics for all programming.
  • Engages with guests and program participants on a regular basis, providing excellent service to ensure a positive guest experience.
  • Builds positive relationships within the Education Team and with other Zoo Departments.
  • Supports all Zoo education programs as needed.
  • Participates in workshops, conferences, and continuing education classes.
  • Assists with internal and external online registration systems.
  • Participates in Nashville Zoo teams and projects.
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle, especially driving long distances and in a city landscape, and to obtain a valid Tennessee driver’s license

Required Skills:

The successful candidate must have:

  • Comfort working with ambassador animals
  • Desire to engage with public audiences.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to collaborate effectively with other zoo departments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to represent the zoo
  • Ability to work well independently without direct supervision
  • Excellent multitasking and time management ability
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols

Desired Skills:

The following skills and experience are desired and are considered a plus:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards, in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education/Interpretation, Education, or a related field
  • Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting
  • Knowledge and experience with live animal education programming

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move items up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Ability to move around zoo grounds for extended periods of time

Employee Requirements:

Prior to hiring, the successful candidate must:

  • Submit to a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test as a pre-requisite to handling animals
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, STD/LTD, 401k match, PTO and Sick Time

How to Apply



  • Date Posted: August 20, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Animal Welfare
  • Start Date: 09/30/2023
  • Salary Range: $14
  • Working Hours: 40