Compensation Type: Hourly wages
Job Type:
Full Time

Pay Range: $17/Hour Minimum
Organization's Mission: Creating Champions for Wildlife by making connections between people and animals to inspire action.
Organization's Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Statement and Work: Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Position Summary: POSITION SUMMARY

A School and Community Outreach Instructor is directly responsible for delivering engaging, accurate, and high-energy informal science education programs to 2nd-grade students throughout the state. They also develop and present environmental programming to students pre-k through adults. They assist in supporting the education staff with all programming and volunteer management and the conservation and special events departments as assigned. This position collaborates with the education team members to improve and present current programs and assist in developing new ones. The instructor works with other education department members as well as individually to deliver educational and conservation content to various groups on Zoo grounds and throughout the state of Utah.

At the Zoo, we look for employees passionate about conservation, who approach their daily work with a can-do attitude, who are resourceful, who communicate respectfully with everyone, and who are ready to work hard to support the Zoo towards the mission of Creating Champions for Wildlife.


This position reports directly to the Academic and Community Programs Manager.

Deliver engaging, high-energy, creative, dynamic, and accurate educational presentations in elementary & secondary schools and on-site field trip presentations that follow the Utah State Core standards.
Deliver distance learning programs to classrooms throughout the world.
Provide teacher professional development opportunities as scheduled.
Respond to student behaviors effectively/appropriately using effective classroom management techniques.
Safely handle and assist in caring for various animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates) with a comfortable demeanor.
Prepare, manage and utilize presentation supplies and materials appropriately.
Support the conservation efforts of Utah’s Hogle Zoo through fieldwork opportunities and by presenting Wild Aware Utah talks throughout the state.
Represent Utah’s Hogle Zoo at special events as assigned.
Deliver educational presentations to guests as needed.
Assist with creating, executing, and evaluating the Zoo’s summer camps as assigned.
Assist with Boy and Girl Scout Programs as assigned.
Assist with the development and ongoing improvement of Zoo educational programming.
Understand, support, and share with others Zoo’s mission and vision.
Additional duties as assigned by the Academic and Community Programs Manager.
Must interact with diverse populations.
Extended visits—schedule includes travel and overnight stays in Utah counties, up to 10 trips per year.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo employees wear issued uniforms and adhere to dress code standards.
Desired Qualifications: REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

Education and Experience

Bachelor`s degree in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Education, or a related field is preferred.
Experience in STEM programming, development, and implementation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of:

Computer operations and technical software applications.
Microsoft Office Suite.

Required education skills include working knowledge of:

The Zoo’s iSEE program.
The ability to write curriculum using the Next Generation Science Standards.
The ability to teach educators how to use informal science education techniques to meet the 3-Dimensional learning standards.
The Zoo’s animal handling procedures and an ability to handle the animal Ambassador collection with confidence.

Must possess excellent communications skills:

Interpersonal conflict resolution method.
Effectively promote organization and services offered.
Interpersonal communication.
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Must have the ability to:

Train, and motivate a team.
Follow written and verbal instructions.
Apply critical thinking techniques.
Analyze and solve problems.
Prioritize work.
Perform within deadlines.
Ability to stay focused despite interruptions.
Deal with stress caused by deadlines.
Work well in a team environment as well as independently.
Memory for details.

The incumbent must consistently demonstrate judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Hogle Zoo.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to random drug testing.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Spanish speaking is preferred but not required.

Requires a valid driver’s license.


The incumbent performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Tasks require a variety of physical activities which do not generally involve muscular strain, but do require activities related to walking, standing, bending, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity is required to perform essential functions. Requires lifting of up to 30 lbs.
Benefits / Why Work With Us: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and other supplemental insurance.

Retirement Benefits: The Zoo is a part of the Utah Retirement System and makes a 10% contribution to an employee’s retirement. This includes an additional opportunity to make contributions to a 401K plan within URS.

Vacation time accrual: (New employees accrue up to 13 days annually of vacation time.) New employees accrue 4 hours of vacation leave after the first full pay period following the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment.

Sick time accrual: (New employees accrue up to 10 days annually of sick time.) New employees accrue 3.07 hours of sick leave after the first full pay period following the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment.

Nine paid holidays a year when they occur after the first of the month following 30 days of continuous employment.

Employee Assistance Program for employees and their families paid for by the Zoo.

Employee long-term disability insurance paid for by the Zoo.

Various employee reimbursements and contributions to wellness activities, professional development, uniform, and certain work-clothes.

Moving expense reimbursement for qualifying new employees.

Every employee receives a free Zoo Card that allows admission to the employee and up to 5 guests. It also provides for free carousel and train rides, as well as free admittance to ZooLights and BooLights. Part-Time/Seasonal employees also receive a ZooCard.

Employees receive a 50% discount on concessions and 33.3% discount on gift shops items (some exclusions apply).

Employees receive a Tickets at Work membership, which provides discounts and offers on theme parks, shows, sporting events, and travel.

Awesome coworkers who care about animals and each other!
How to Apply: Apply on the Hogle Zoo website under Jobs
Closing Date: 07/20/2023
Location: Salt Lake City, UT


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Contact: Debbie Elcock
Phone: 801-584-1700