The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild.


Education Program Coordinator

Department: Education

Exemption: Non-exempt

Reports to: Curator of Education

Supervises: N/A



We are seeking collaborative, dynamic, and passionate conservation educators to join the team as full time Education Program Coordinators. The primary responsibility of this position is to plan, develop, coordinate, and deliver high-quality, mission-driven interpretive programming for the Education Department that facilitates wonderfully wild educational experiences.


Duties and Responsibilities:

· Develops, delivers, and evaluates educational programs and offerings for diverse audiences including: ZooCamp, virtual programs, special events, on-grounds interpretation, school field trips, and STEAM programs.

· Support educational group reservations and school field trip visits.

· Creates new mission-based curriculum and interpretive content for both virtual, onsite, and offsite offerings that is inclusive of all learners.

· Operate video equipment and editing software for creation of virtual content.

· Demonstrate and articulate educational and conservation program content and philosophy that champions diversity, equity and inclusion.

· Supports TLD volunteers, including daily volunteer brief, education sessions, and volunteer training as necessary.

· Operates as back-up staff for daily coverage at guest interaction areas as necessary.

· Confidently and safely handle and present Ambassador Animals as necessary for programming.

· Attend and participate in regularly scheduled department and all-staff meetings.

· Able to always deal courteously and effectively with the public and to represent the organization at the highest standard of professionalism.

· Maintain brand standards in all official appearances and education presentations.

· Able to collaborate, establish and maintain effective and professional working relations with local partners including school districts, co-workers and other department personnel, and to do so in accordance with The Living Desert Team Member Handbook.

· Contributes to desert conservation through reduction of waste, water and energy use, and inspiring guests and team members to take conservation actions.

· Perform general office duties, reservations, and research as necessary.

· Maintain a safe and clean working environment.

· Other related responsibilities as necessary to accomplish department objectives.

Specific Skills:

· Broad knowledge of desert natural history and science is highly desired.

· Knowledge of project-based learning, inquiry-based education, and STEAM Curriculum.

· Informal and formal teaching and interpretive skills.

· Excellent teamwork and collaborative skills.

· Ability to effectively network to establish and maintain productive relationships with local partners such as school districts.

· Continuously seek process and performance improvement.

· Animal handling skills are desired.

· Software literate in Microsoft, Word, Excel and Volgistics.

· Must be able to multi-task and adapt to changes in a fast-paced work environment.

· Must have strong organizational skills.

· Ability to record observations intelligently and maintain accurate documentation.

· Ability to give and comprehend written and oral instructions, and to accurately carry out instructions.

· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

· Must be a motivated self-starter who needs minimal supervision.

· Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

· Ability to work with others in a team setting.

Qualifications: Prefer BA or BS, but ideally a higher degree in education or a science-related field. California teaching certification is desirable with one year of experience as a teacher or natural history interpreter. Will substitute training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skill, and abilities. Valid California driver license. Must be insurable on The Living Desert's automobile policy. Must be enthusiastic with good communication skills.

Equipment Used: PC computer, general office equipment, telephone, 2-way radio, electric and gas cart, golf vehicles, digital cameras, scanner, audio-visual equipment, camping equipment.

Conditions of Work:

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Sitting, standing, walking, bending, out-of-doors hiking, camping, some lifting to 40 lbs.

DISCOMFORT/RISKS: Occasional exposure to the extremes of the desert environment, i.e. heat and aridity.

HOLIDAY/EVENING WORK: Holiday, evening and weekend work may be required.

TRAVEL: Occasional field trips, workshops, seminars, conferences, & program presentations.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

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