The role of the Education Aide is to support the Lee Richardson Zoo’s mission of inspiring conservation of wildlife and wild places. The successful candidate will be energetic, positive, creative, passionate about nature and animals, and have excellent communication and people skills (especially with children). They must also be a good team player who is self-motivated, reliable, prompt, and has excellent attention to detail. The Aide will be supervised by the Curator of Education.
Handle animal ambassadors (including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates) for on and offsite presentations, enrichment and training; monitor the health and safety of all animals while in use.
Lead formal and informal programs.
Research program and animal information.
Assist with special events.
Create program curriculum.
Inventory and maintain biofact collection and education supplies.
Review and update zoo informational files.
Attend meetings and training sessions as assigned.
Various other duties as required
18 years or older
High School Diploma, College Degree preferred
Provide a negative TB test
Good physical condition: able to lift 30 pounds and work in a variety of environments both inside and outdoors, occasionally spending several hours standing and walking, ability to stoop or bend frequently
Ability to drive variety of City vehicles
Clean motor vehicle record and pass background check
Willingness to work a flexible schedule averaging 15 hours/week, not to exceed a 30 hour/week annual average or 1000 hours per year total.
Degree in wildlife biology, education or other related field
Experience working with animals
Experience teaching and/or with public speaking
Familiarity with Microsoft Publisher and Access
This is a paid part time position funded through grant monies. Continuation of this position beyond the 2014 year is likely but is dependent upon continued grant funding.
To apply send resume, cover letter and application to:
City of Garden City
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 998
Garden City, KS 67846
Apply online at www.garden-city.org
Or apply at:
City Administrative Center, 301 N. 8th St., 2nd Floor