Curator of Education

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Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00pm



Asheboro, NC
United States

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North Carolina Zoo

Curator of Education:

The North Carolina Zoological Park exists for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors.  The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world's wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, endangered and threatened plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American & African regions it represents.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The North Carolina Zoo seeks a dynamic, motivated and progressive individual to lead its Education Program, part of a newly formed Conservation, Research and Education Department. In collaboration with other department staff and zoo leadership, the Curator of Education will conceive, articulate and implement a vision for a comprehensive conservation-focused education program at the NC Zoo, catering to a wide variety of audiences and constituencies. As such, the Curator of Education will oversee all activities related to educational programming and volunteer services for the NC Zoo. The position ensures that educational services and activities support and convey the conservation mission of the NC Zoo. The employee must be highly innovative in combining educational principles with a wide range of content to design, develop and implement a broad spectrum of educational activities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The employee accomplishes this in the performance of duties that include overall administration, planning, strategic analysis, program development and implementation, evaluation and supervision of the education staff. The staff currently includes a team of 10 full-time and 15 seasonal positions. In addition, the Education Program works with a varying number of student interns and approximately 30 volunteer exhibit interpreters which are drawn from a pool of approximately 300 active volunteers. The position also coordinates activities with other zoo divisions and serves as liaison with outside environmental and educational institutions on a local, national and international scale. Position will be required to work a rotating schedule that will include working some weekends and holidays.

Experience Required:

The position calls for a unique combination of training, expertise and knowledge (i.e., administration, science, conservation, education) and proven success at teamwork, personnel management and leadership.

Qualified candidate must possess:

  • Considerable working experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of education programs including statistical analysis, ideally in a zoo or closely related setting, is essential. Experience with visitor research in general an asset.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of management, program planning/development/implementation, biological sciences, global conservation issues and education principles.
  • It is essential the applicant be self-directed, take initiative, function with minimal supervision and operate with a high level of independence and responsibility.
  • A high level of proficiency in oral and written communication is required.
  • Ability to direct, manage and evaluate the work of staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Ability to manage a state controlled budget.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships with professionals, peers, support staff, volunteers, supporters, and the public at a local, state, national and international level.
  • Must be able to professionally represent the zoo to the public and professionally, including strong public speaking skills; ability to travel on zoo business including internationally and work flexible hours including occasional weekends.
  • Interviewed candidates may be required to present an education presentation.

****Experience with zoo setting is preferred so that prior experience can be applied to the unique organizational demands of an institution involved in the management of animals and conservation education programming.

****PhD in a relevant field is preferred. Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in zoology, botany, or other natural science curriculum related to the area of work assigned and three years of curatorial and/or teaching experience in natural science, including some supervisory experience; or three years as a science teacher if filling an educational position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.



$39,632 - $51,900



How to Apply:




North Carolina Zoo

4401 Zoo Parkway

Asheboro, NC 27205


Phone: 336-879-7310