San Diego Zoo - San Diego, CA4.1

San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

Our organization’s vision - we will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the San Diego Zoo. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.

Location – Education Department – San Diego Zoo
Duration – Year Round / Part Time
Positions available – 2
Union positions) Starting hourly rate: $22.03


  • Commitment and top notch interpersonal skills to provide great customer service
  • Problem solving skills to identify practical solutions
  • Teamwork skills to work well with others and to be productive member of the team
  • Organizational skills to stay on top of the multitude of multitasking duties without difficulty
The San Diego Zoo is seeking friendly, cooperative, motivated and outgoing employees. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age Educator/Guides are skilled at implementing a variety of educational programs for a wide range of ages (preschool - adult). Educator must be a highly skilled communicator with an ability to present accurate information in a fun and entertaining manner. He/she must also have strong behavior management skills using a positive approach to challenges associated with guest behavior. Educators are required to have the skills to work with diverse groups and be sensitive to people with special needs. Educators are trained to handle the Zoo's tractable animals and previous animal experience is required. Animal training experience is highly desirable. Experience with children ages 18 months - 6 years old is a plus. Duties include interpretation of science concepts based on the Zoo's animals and plant collection. Experience in an informal education facility (camps, museums, science centers) is required. An example of experience would be at least 2 years. A teaching credential and formal education and/or a science degree is preferred. Knowledge of hands-on teaching methods is desirable. Success at conducting programs in an outdoor setting and the ability to communicate while operating a vehicle or walking is essential. Vehicles will include single and double decked buses as well as carts and SUVs. Ideal candidates will be bilingual in English/Spanish. A good driving record and a valid California driver license is required. Selected candidates may work any of the seven days of the week, especially weekends. Hours can range from 2 to 40+ hours per week. Final applicants will be required to do a presentation and pass a DMV physical
The Educator Guide performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Educator/Guide under direction interprets the Organization's collection for students of all ages in various program formats and presents and cares for the animals assigned to the Education Department. This position reports to the Lead Educator Guide, Education Specialist or Transportation Supervisor/Education Supervisor.

An Educator/Guide performs a wide variety of functions primarily for the purpose of furthering the education aims of the Organization. This class is distinguished from the next higher classes, Senior Educator/Guide and Lead Educator/Guide, in that it has no regular responsibility for scheduling, training or performing other administrative duties.

  • Educates and interprets
  • Conducts a variety of programs (from 4 to 12 offerings)
  • Delivers programs off safari park/zoo grounds
  • Gives input to program developers
  • Teaches summer school
  • Performs storytelling and puppet shows
  • Operates a variety of organization vehicles and audio visual equipment
  • Handles artifacts and biofacts
  • Collects program feedback
  • Escorts groups behind the scenes
  • Works with a variety of different groups
  • Monitors program materials and props
  • May conduct city-school programs
  • Care for and handle animals
  • Prepare diets and feed animals
  • Administer medications and nutritional supplements
  • Present animals to the public for tours and small group encounters
  • Seasonal educators do no handle or provide daily care for animals
  • Ensure animal safety in vehicles when traveling off-grounds
  • Adheres to all SDZG and department policies and practices
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards
  • Educates and interprets for organized school groups from preschool through college age
  • Works with a variety of different groups including conventions, VIPs, disabled, seniors, donors and membership groups
  • Interacts with groups to meet specific needs and assists with marketing and public relations special events
  • Maintain logs and records concerning animal health and care
  • exercise animals; observe animals' behaviors and report abnormal conditions
  • Loaned to other departments (development, public relations, transportation, mammals and the children's zoo)
  • May conduct city-school programs which necessitates additional bus training and licensing
  • Educator/guides care for and handle animals
  • Bathe, brush and clip animals and clean enclosures
  • Perform routine and minor maintenance on exhibit equipment

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Competently perform the essential functions, knowledge and skills duties outlined; valid California driver license.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of biology or zoology, including animal behavior
  • Teaching methods and practices; and learning theory
  • Caring for and handling animals
Ability to:
  • Teach and motivate all grade levels on a variety of themes
  • Communicate effectively
  • Handle, care for, and condition a variety of animals
  • Monitor animal behavior
  • Keep records, follow procedures, and maintain flexibility with scheduling
  • Operate motor vehicles safely
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public and staff
Exposure to tour vehicles fumes, engine heat, engine noise, and vibration; exposure to varying weather conditions; work in temperatures above 100 degrees in the summer months at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, exposure to dust, allergens, confined or cramped spaces; oil/grease, slippery surfaces, and elevated positions.

Move about in animal enclosures; move moderate to heavy objects approximately 25-45 pounds; frequent walking, sitting and standing for long periods of time; reaching overhead and or to the ground; frequent speaking for extended periods of time, voice fatigue, and repetitive duties such as opening and closing tour vehicle doors for patrons.

NOTE: Interviews will be scheduled via email and if selected, candidates must be available for an interview

Deadline to submit application: Sunday, May 19, 2019

**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace



All New Hires are subject to passing a drug screen and some employment is contingent upon passing pre-placement testing.

Are you ready to start your adventure and put your Passion for Wildlife to work?