Bedtime with the Beasts and Night Safari Instructor

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Friday, January 27, 2017, 5:00pm



Knoxville, TN
United States

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Bedtime with the Beast programs typically start at 4:30pm and end at 10:30 the following morning.  Programs are usually on Friday or Saturday nights, but occasionally on Thursdays.  Night Safaris are two hours and typically start at 6:00pm and end at 9:00pm, but may vary, and may be on any evening.

  • Instructors are responsible for teaching groups of up to 35 people.  Bedtime with the Beast programs ages may be 6 years to adult.  Night Safaris may include adults and children of all ages.  
  • Instructors are responsible for being knowledgeable about Zoo Knoxville’s policies, animal species and the Bedtime and Night Safari program and procedures. 
  • Bedtime instructors will need to spend the night at the zoo with the group.  The group may be sleeping in an indoor exhibit, indoor classroom, or outdoor tent camping area.
  • Prepping for the program and cleaning after the program.  Instructors are responsible for staying until the program space has been cleaned and cleared and all supplies have been put away.  Instructors are not be able to leave anytime during the program.
  • Instructors must be committed to working their schedule.  
  • All Bedtime instructors are expected to attend the Bedtime training sessions, regular meetings, and Zoo Knoxville employee trainings
  • Once a Bedtime program has started the instructors are responsible for the participants’ safety and need to be able to account for the participants throughout the evening.  They must tell the participants the guidelines for the program and enforce them if needed while maintaining a positive environment. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of general science concepts, especially biological concepts
  • Familiarity with current conservation issues
  • Comfortable interacting with and teaching children and adults of all ages
  • Comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences
  • Able to supervise adults and children while maintaining a positive environment


  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
  • Experience working with or teaching children, preferably in an overnight setting
  • An understanding of basic biological concepts and wildlife conservation
  • Must be available to teach at least one program per month

Working Conditions:

This position will involve working both indoors and outdoors in hot, cold, wet and windy conditions.  The position will involve working evenings and weekends. This position will be working in close proximity to live, exotic and domestic animals and must be aware that there are dangers inherent in working under these conditions.  This position requires the employees to work at the zoo overnight.  Zoo Knoxville is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and as such each employee must pass a pre-employment drug screen, as well as periodic random drug screens as required.  Zoo Knoxville requires that anyone who works with children also pass a background check.