Overnight Programs Guide

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, July 2, 2017, 1:00pm



Houston, TX
United States

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Job Description:

Are you an experienced educator that is confident you can cohesively be responsible for implementing and leading an exciting and fun recreational and educational overnight program?   Do you have a passion for natural sciences (zoology, ecology, conservation and animal husbandry) and past history working with a goal of increasing an understanding and appreciation of the natural world?  If so, this just be might a perfect fit for you! 

This is a part time position that averages 16-29 hours per week.  Hours for each week will vary and could increase during the heavier months of March – May and October - November.  Schedules are created 2-4 weeks in advance.  This position requires considerable flexibility, a high level of enthusiasm, creativity, and the ability to work with groups of all ages in an overnight setting.

Education and Experience

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Ability to work a minimum of 3 overnights per week
  • Minimum of 6 months’ relevant work experience with children is required
  • Experience in an informal setting is preferred
  • Experience working with animals preferred
  • Experience working independently and cooperatively with other educators in a positive, team-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Obtain and retain updated CPR/First Aide certification (Training can be provided)

Job Duties

  • Responsible for conducting evening programs and activities for groups and individuals of all ages to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the Zoo and the natural world in a fun and exciting manner.
  • Assists with the preparation and break down of facilities and materials used in overnight programs and activities.
  • Establish and maintain a positive atmosphere to ensure the highest level of performance and guest service while enforcing and complying with safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Greet and assist overnight participants during check-in and out and remain with assigned group throughout the program.
  • Teach and conduct all activities as written in the curriculum. 
  • Provide world class service to guests and team members.
  • May handle live animals for programs and activities. (Training provided)


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.  

How to Apply:

Visit www.houstonzoo.org/careers to download an application

E-mail resume and completed application to careers@houstonzoo.org