Education Specialist

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 11:30pm


Topeka, KS
United States

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Job Classification: Full-time, permanent, 40 hours per week Work

Schedule: YOUR CHOICE of either Wednesday-Sunday 8:30am-5:30pm OR Thursday-Sunday 8:00am-7:00pm. Hours may vary slightly due to program schedule each week; however, they will stay within 40 hours/week.

Reporting Relationship: Education Program Manager; Director of Conservation and Education

Major Duties:

• Serve as the primary contact for the zoo’s robust birthday party program and conduct/supervise these parties to support zoo revenue.

• Plan and develop education programming to provide rewarding educational experiences.

• Serve as an instructor, providing outreach, public programming, school programming, and other education programs.

• Assist with programs for camps and other activities.

• Exhibit proper handling and transportation of live program animals, including a variety of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates.

• Communicate well with direct supervisors and co-workers as well as guests/public.

• Be proficient with the use of Microsoft programs and other computer data programs.

• Able to run errands, complete projects, and other duties as assigned.

• Able to work and complete tasks with minimal supervision.

• Punctuality and availability for scheduled work is expected.

• Provide excellent customer service to all guests at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center.


• Must have strong leadership skills.

• Must have strong attention-to-detail skills and ability to adapt quickly and efficiently.

• Must enjoy working with people of all ages, including young children.

• Must be able to work efficiently and effectively unsupervised.

• Must be able to work well both in a team and individually.

• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

• Ability to provide great customer service.

• Ability to setup and tear down props and other exhibit material to support instruction.

Mental Requirements:

• Ability to read and follow written instruction.

• Ability to follow verbal instructions.

• Ability to communicate effectively.

• Ability to use good judgment.

• Excellent listening skills.

• Must be self-motivated.

• Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

• Ability to develop programs in line with the zoo's mission and value statements.

Physical Requirements:

• Ability to exert physical effort in performing tasks.

• Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

• Ability to work in all weather conditions.

• Strong physical condition.

• Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

• Good hand-eye coordination.

• Ability to speak clearly and loudly.

How to Apply:


• A bachelor’s degree is preferred; Preference is given to those with a degree relating to Biology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, or Education.

• At least one year experience in a formal or informal education position is required.

• Must possess a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record.

• Must be CPR certified or willing to complete this upon hire.

Experience Preferred:

• Experience with public speaking in some capacity (examples: zoo/aquarium chats, school presentations, etc.).

• Experience working with wildlife education, classroom programming, or environmental education.

• Experience with youth groups.

• Experience with computer programs.

• Experience with customer service. 

Pay: $17/hour

Position includes full benefits, paid holidays, paid time off, 401k retirement plan (employer-matched), and zoo discounts.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Please put “Education Specialist Application” as the subject of your email. Cover letters can be addressed to Mrs. Rachael Rost-Allen and Mr. Dennis Dinwiddie. For questions, contact 785-368-9137.

Interview will include a request for a presentation on a selected topic. You will be given time to prepare.

Deadline to apply: August 30, 2022; Anticipated start date in October 2022