Zoo Openings

Zoo Openings

Jul 17, 2015


This position is responsible for working with the Director of Education and education staff to guide the creative and strategic direction and to provide leadership and quality management for programs at the Dallas Zoo designed to engage professional educators.  Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate outcome-oriented programs and activities for teacher-learners.  The purposes of the professional educator program are to support teachers in their science training and to train and support a network of local educators who value the Zoo as a rich resource for science education.  This position is the primary staff member responsible for coordinating teacher workshops/institutes, classes, Science Day and other programs for an audience of professional educators.  This position will typically/often work Tuesday through Saturday.



  • Collaborate with Director of Education and education specialists to establish program priorities and measurable outcomes for educator professional development. Ensure that educator professional development goals are integrated with and support broader divisional and institutional goals. Promote an environment of continual learning and program advancement. Coordinate and conduct evaluation and measurement to validate program efficacy.  Adjust program goals and implementation as needed to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • Develop, implement, and update new and existing curriculum and programs for educator professional development in coordination with the Director of Education. Coordinate and instruct educator professional development programs. Support other Zoo education programs as needed, including camps, family programs, academic programs and special events. Work with other education specialists as needed to develop content and curriculum for education events such as Homeschool Day. Handle designated program animals as needed for various presentations.
  • Develop and maintain a cloud-based and in-person professional development network for educators to facilitate the sharing of ideas and the long-term relationships between educators and the Zoo.  Promote a community of conservation, science and environmental educators through training, site visits, networking, and scholarships.
  • Serve as the key Education Department coordinator for Science Day and other activities intended for the audience of professional educators.  Develop strategic outcomes for this program and appropriate curriculum materials.  Work with other Education staff to recruit teacher-volunteers, community partners and sponsorships.
  • Supervise and manage assigned education instructors including assigning programs, meetings, staff development, approving hours, evaluating instructors, assigning projects, monitoring work and other supervisory duties.  Recommend hiring and conduct training of part-time education instructors.  Ensures high quality programs through measurement, assessment, monitoring and adjustment of programs and instructors.  Serve as primary back-up for part-time instructors.
  • Serve as liaison between Zoo and formal education entities through communications with teachers, principals and science specialists in both public ISDs and private schools. Attend school and community meetings (MASS, mini-CAST, etc…). Attend teacher workshop facilitator trainings, such as Project WILD.  Stay current on facilitator training requirements and report to governing bodies as required.
  • Work with Education Director to explore potential partnerships with other organizations in the community which serve science educators, particularly school districts, schools, university education programs (e.g. Project Dragonfly or other university teacher-education programs) and teacher resource centers; such partnerships would strategically focus on professional educator development and seek to achieve the intended outcomes of Dallas Zoo Education programs while supporting the goals of the partner organization.  Develop curriculum and materials to create high quality partnership programs.
  • Assist Education Administration Manager in developing marketing and promotional materials (electronic notices, flyers, brochures, etc.) that highlight teacher professional development programs to the community and help to ensure program success.  Includes representing the Dallas Zoo at community events to promote education program offerings.  Help to ensure that program revenue goals are achieved.  Assist with writing and development of fund-raising proposals for educator professional development as requested.
  • Stay current on local, state and national education standards, and incorporate standards into teacher professional development programs provided by the Dallas Zoo.
  • Maintain and organize program and workshop supplies and materials.
  • Interact with the public and co-workers in a positive manner.
  • Participate in Zoo-wide special events as assigned by Director of Education.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Biology, or related field required; must have background in science, math or engineering. Texas teacher certification required.  At least one year of teaching experience in a formal classroom setting preferred.
  • Competent in current technology used in educational settings, including interactive technology.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook preferred. Proficiency with technology and platforms for group learning preferred.
  • Experience developing programs in STEM disciplines preferred.
  • Facilitator certification for Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, Growing Up WILD, Project Learning Tree, and GEMS workshops preferred.
  • Demonstrated engagement in professional development and continual expansion of job knowledge.
  • Experience handling live animals in an educational setting preferred.
  • Must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Must be flexible and willing to assist with a variety of teaching and administrative duties.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances.
  • Must be able to work outside.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


How to apply

Apply online: You may download an application or e-mail a resume with cover letter to zoojobs@DallasZoo.com. Be sure to place the job code of the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Job codes are on the individual job listings.

Apply by mail: Download and mail a completed application or resume with cover letter to: Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Attn: Human Resources 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203

Apply by fax: Download and Fax a completed application or resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources at 469.554.7388.

Apply in person: You may complete and turn in an application or drop off a resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources.

Please note: All applicants desiring to be considered for more than one posted position must apply for each position separately.

Due to the heavy volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews and/or further screening will be contacted.

Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.

Additional Information

The Dallas Zoo Education Department is a vital part of the Conservation & Education Division, along with the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo and the Conservation Science Departments.  The Dallas Zoo’s mission is “Inspiring passion for nature and wildlife conservation.”  In support of this mission, the intended outcomes established by the Education Department are that participants in our programs will understand their connection with nature, adopt behaviors on behalf of the environment, and be inspired to care for wildlife and wild places.  Additionally, the Dallas Zoo Education Department has established program standards which apply to each program developed and delivered by the department.  These standards are: learners are actively involved; programs utilize our living animal collection; they create an environment that fosters positive connections with nature; they are science-based and they are conservation-oriented.

Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to ZooJobs@DallasZoo.com. All applicants MUST place job code ES-EPD in the subject line to be considered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. EOE M/F/D/V www.DallasZoo.com