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Educator Guide - Seasonal - San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #561
Friday, February 21, 2020
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.


  • 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


Location: San Diego Zoo – Educator Guide – Zoo Education Camp  

Duration: This is a Seasonal position with the option to stay on year-round depending on department need and employee performance

Positions available: 6

Union position: $22.36

*If selected for hire, this position requires an initiation fee and monthly dues to be paid to the union*


Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

*Internal Transfer Form must be when applying for this position*



The Educator Guide-Summer Camp educates and interprets San Diego Zoo Global's plant and animal collection for students enrolled in summer camp. The program is offered for students ranging in ages from 4 to 18. Current needs are for camps with students entering Pre-K through second grade. Educators must be skilled at delivering a fun approach to learning, have strong behavior management skills, use a positive approach to all teaching challenges, have leadership experience with a team, and be able to mentor program assistants. San Diego Zoo summer camps are inclusive and welcome children with special needs. Work duties will sometimes take place in close proximity to exotic animals within the Zoo’s collection, however, seasonal Educators do not handle animals.


At least two years of experience in a formal classroom or informal education facility (camps, museums, zoos, science centers, outdoor education) is required. Qualified candidates understand and practice solid principles of teaching and learning theories. They possess skills that motivate students to be curious about nature. Experience working with kids in grades Pre-K through second is required. A bachelor’s degree is required and a teaching credential is preferred. Hours will vary from 35-40 per week. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.


Selected candidates will participate in a seven days (non-consecutive) of paid training and teach summer camp for eight weeks. Applicants must be available to work from June 15 through August 17, Monday-Friday for the summer camp program, plus training dates beginning the last weekend in May (see specific dates below). We are not able to grant any time off requests.


Training Part 1 (8:00am - 4:00pm)

Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31

Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7

Saturday, June 13 


Training Part 2 (8:00am - 4:00pm)

Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 


Programming Dates

W1: June 15 - June 19

W2: June 22 - June 26

W3: July 6 - July 10

W4: July 13 - July 17

W5: July 20 - July 24

W6: July 27 - July 31

W7: August 3 - August 7

W8: August 10 - August 14


Clean-up Day

Monday, August 17


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. This position reports to the Lead Educator Guide, Education Supervisor, Education Operations Manager and Education Manager.


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 wildlife conservation information
  • Provides programming input to department managers
  • Teaches summer camp
  • Performs storytelling and puppet shows
  • Operates 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
  • Seasonal educators do no handle or provide daily care for animals



  • Educates and interprets for groups from preschool through high school age
  • Interacts with groups to meet specific needs



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


Ability to:

  • Teach and motivate all grade levels on a variety of themes
  • Communicate effectively
  • Monitor animal behavior
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public and staff



Exposure to tour vehicle 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 moderate to heavy objects approximately up to 50 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. 


SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER – San Diego Zoo Global makes every effort to ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals and abides by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.


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?

  • 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA