Education Programming Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, January 15, 2021, 5:00pm



Boise, ID
United States

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The Program Coordinator position at Zoo Boise (Idaho) creates, manages, teaches and evaluates programming and classes for zoo guests and zoo families, oversees zoo outreach programming and manages all zoo camps.  This includes creating program schedules and descriptions and as well as serving as the main contact to program participants.


Programming Responsibilities 

  • In alignment with Zoo Boise’s mission, creates, develops, implements and evaluates education, outreach, and public programming for a wide range of visitors onsite, and in the larger community 
  • Responsible for the maintaining, creating and implementing formal education programs which will complement school curriculum, support state educational standards, engage students, and fulfill teacher needs 
  • Coordinate school field trips to the zoo, assist teachers/school groups in planning visits, develop tour materials, and follow up when necessary with teachers before and after group visits 
  • Actively manages education volunteers working with programming, outreach and camps. Work with the Volunteer and Interpretation Coordinator to assist with recruitment, training, scheduling, and communicating 
  • Develop, organize, implement, and evaluate innovative public programs, youth camps, workshops, home school opportunities, outreach programming and other related opportunities for children and adults that encourage and support the engagement of diverse audiences creatively and effectively while fulfilling Zoo Boise’s mission 
  • Actively and strategically develop relationships with curriculum coordinators, teachers, community groups and individuals, external and internal customers towards the purpose of zoo promotion 
  • Formulate evaluation methods and data collection to assess education, outreach, and public programming 
  • Represent the zoo in professional, academic and social forums 
  • Participate in staff, board, and committee meetings to report, develop, implement, and evaluate educational and public programming; prepares reports analyzing and summarizing program attendance, successes, challenges and other relevant information as directed by the Education Director or senior zoo staff 
  • Work with appropriate staff to market programs; develops articles and relevant information for newsletters, website and other media outlets 
  • Assist in zoo-wide efforts to promote the zoo and zoo educational programming including fund raising campaigns, media and marketing campaigns and special events 

Zoo Camp Programs 

  • Develop all camp programming, schedules, staffing and policies. 
  • Recruit, hire and train all summer programming staff 
  • Oversee all daily camp operations to ensure a safe productive environment for all involved. 
  • Coordinate with other zoo departments in a timely manner when programming and camps include other department involvement 
  • Work with City of Boise to make sure all reservations are managed properly

Work jointly with Education staff to manage seasonal instructors and other duties:  

  • Create daily (morning and afternoon shifts) schedule for program instructors and ZooTeens 
  • Conduct shift check-in and check-out daily 
  • Assist with volunteer coordination and management when necessary or in the absence of the Volunteer and Interpretation Coordinator 
  • Oversee educational program budget 
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a natural resources field, human resources, communications, volunteer management, non-profit organization management or similar field.  Background in biology or science/environmental education a plus.   
  • Ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions, traverse zoo property and be on one’s feet for a long period of time. 
  • Animal-handling experience or willing to be trained to handle and teach about many types of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles (including snakes), and invertebrates, both aquatic and terrestrial. 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. 
  • Valid Driver’s License, good driving record and reliable transportation.  
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. 
  • Submit to a criminal history background check. 
  • Provide proof of negative TB test taken within the past calendar year. 
  • Committed to the wildlife conservation goals of Zoo Boise. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Enjoys working with diverse groups of people of all ages, abilities and learning styles. 
  • Holds a positive, cheerful, professional and customer-service oriented attitude. 
  • Communicates and interacts in a positive, professional, and team-oriented manner with various populations such as: colleagues, volunteers, students, general public and organizational partners. 
  • Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a natural resources field, human resources, communications, volunteer management, non-profit organization management or similar field. Background in biology or science/environmental education a plus

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How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume and three references to- 


or mail to- 

Education Director 

Zoo Boise/Friends of Zoo Boise
355 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, Idaho 83702 

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Compensation Information:

Starting salary: $17-19/hour depending on experience. Vacation, medical and retirement benefits