Zoo Adventures Instructor (Part-Time)


Zoo Adventures Instructor

Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington


This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Zoo Adventures (Overnight) Instructor in the Child & Family Programs department. There are multiple part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions to be filled at this time. These are variable hour positions, and the season typically lasts between February-November. 

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

Each Instructor is required to be available for a minimum of six full overnight shifts per month (either ALL or PM/AM, see below), four of which must be Friday or Saturday programs and the other two can be weekday or weekend. Once you provide us with a date you are required to hold that date for up to three weeks prior or until you are released. 

Typical Zoo Adventures shifts:

  • ALL: 5:00pm-10:00 am - 17 hours (common)
  • PM/AM: 5:00pm – 10:30pm, 7:00am- 10:30am – 9 hours (common)
  • PM only: 5:00pm-10:30pm – 6 hours (occasional)
  • AM only: 7:00am-10:30am – 3.5 hours (rare)
  • Night: 10:00pm-8:00am – 10 hours (rare)
  • Shifts occasionally vary between specific program requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 zoo grounds.
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages.
  • Handle and present a variety of species such as reptiles, amphibians and/or arthropods.
  • Set up and clean up rooms, props and materials for programs.
  • Act as hosts to Zoo Adventures guests including facilitating meals and bedtime.
  • Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision.
  • Operate audio/visual equipment.
  • 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 includes weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to handle Ambassador Animals and to become a WPZ-certified animal presenter.
  • 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.

Customer Service Skills:

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.

Computer Skills:

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.

Physical Demands:

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 occasionally required to sit. The employee is frequently 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.

Work Environment:

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.

Wage: $14/HR




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

Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on December 22, 2016 (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before)