Children's Zoo Specialist I - Interpretation

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 6:00pm



Dallas, TX
United States


Dallas Zoo

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Job Description:


  • Provide animal encounters, formal and informal presentations, and other educational opportunities for visitors. Engage in positive guest interactions with an audience of children and their families; assist in the implementation of education and conservation goals. (90%)
  • Follow protocols and operating procedures to maintain a high level of animal care.(10%)
  • Thoroughly communicate daily status of animals verbally and in writing to coworkers, Supervisors, Curator.
  • Perform facility maintenance and exhibit modifications as directed. Maintain Zoo equipment and property in clean, safe and appropriate condition; return it ready for next use.
  • As instructed, assist with monitoring and control of pest species, feral animals, predators, etc that may pose hazards to the health or well-being of the collection.
  • Work with and mentor youth volunteers throughout daily routine.
  • Assist with visitor concerns or emergencies. Follow all safety protocols and understand role in emergency procedures.
  • Attend and complete required training classes and tests.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance as scheduled. Exhibit flexibility as needed to cover schedule for special events.
  • Represent Dallas Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Animal care and education experience preferred, preferably in a Zoo or similar setting.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in education, life sciences, zoology, or related field strongly preferred or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Must display a high level of customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude.
  • Must have a desire to engage and work with large groups of children and adults.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management and other employees.
  • Must have excellent observational skills.
  • Must be flexible, organized, self-motivated, and a team player.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing. Spanish fluency a plus.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) or ability to master this and other software used by the Zoo within first few weeks after hiring.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders, and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to actively work outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with reliable transportation
  • Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to All applicants MUST place job code LFCZ-INTER in the subject line to be considered.