Education Programs Manager

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Houston, TX
United States

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  • Supports Zoo mission by directing program development that includes conservation messaging that best meets guest’s needs.
  • Supports Education Program Supervisors in the areas of hiring, program development, program evaluation, and training.
  • Works with staff to create and implement the department’s budget.
  • Assist in the development of Education Department goals and objectives, and manage the implementation of new initiatives accordingly.
  • Collaborates with all departments to implement new Zoo and department initiatives.
  • Utilizes sound evaluation principles to drive program modifications and development.
  • Seeks out and fosters best practices from other well-respected educational institutions.
  • Design evaluation tools to measure program impact.
  • Responsible for maintaining standards of compliance in accordance with the requirements for summer day camps from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • In absence of Sr. Director this role will make decisions on behalf of the department.
  • Assist in the directing a marketing plan for all education programs.
  • Performs other duties as requested.


  • Five years’ experience in informal education with experience in a supervisory capacity required. 
  • Experience supervising summer camps, and working with live animals preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or biological sciences or a related field is required.
  • Master’s level degree in Education or related discipline preferred.


Mentors (3) Education Programs Supervisors (Interpretive Programs, Teen Programs Supervisor and Camp and Overnight Supervisor).


This position involves routine lifting of moderately heavy items such as record boxes (up to 40 pounds) and/or long periods of walking on rough surfaces on a routine basis.


There are routine discomforts from exposure to moderate heat, cold, moisture/wetness and unpleasant air conditions.  The position may involve routine exposure to soiled materials and light chemical substances such as cleaning solutions.



  • Requires the ability to make closely coordinated eye/hand movements within very fine tolerance and/or calibration demands, the ability to make rapid closely coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands, and the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker.
  • A valid Texas driver’s license required.


Requires heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal skill; extensive interaction with the public and with donors, members and the press; and requires a high degree of appreciation of customer service.

How to Apply:


Submit resume and cover letter along with the following materials:

Write a 1-page proposal for an activity that could be lead on Zoo grounds for the general public that gets across the message of taking action to recycle paper.
Write a 1-page or less describing your leadership philosophy and management style.

Applicants can visit to download an application

E-mail resume and completed application to

Houston Zoo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer