Part-Time Seasonal Instructor

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Milwaukee, WI
United States

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The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Conservation Education Department is hiring part-time seasonal instructors for summer 2021.  This position supports educational programming within the department by providing engaging educational experiences about science, animals, and conservation to children.

This position supports educational programming within the Conservation Education department at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM). The part-time seasonal instructor works closely with full time educators, the Manager of Enrichment Programs and the Program Manager of Summer Enrichment Programs in support of the mission to educate people about the importance of wildlife and animals and support the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Conservation Education department’s vision to inspire and empower all members of our community to take conservation action. All instructors are expected to deliver engaging lessons in a variety of educational settings, both in the classroom and outdoor Zoo setting. 


  • Serve as an instructor for summer enrichment programs for more than one age group (i.e., 0-2 years, 3 years, 4&5 years, 6&7’s, 8&9’s, 10&11’s, and 12-14 years).
  • Collaborate with all full and part-time staff to successfully implement and interpret summer curriculum, set-up, take-down and prepare classroom spaces and engage with all members of the public.
  • Employ strong customer service and interpersonal skills to connect to and relate with a variety of participants, family members, and volunteers, ranging in age and diversity.
  • Participate in training, including animal handling (if applicable), to ensure a safe and engaging education experience for participants.
  • Adhere to the department’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 policies, to ensure the safety of all participants and staff.
  • Professionally represent the Society and the Conservation Education Department on Zoo grounds, community events, and with partner organizations.
  • Provide assistance to additional programs and processes that support the department.


  • Undergraduate degree and/or equivalent experience in education, conservation, wildlife, natural resources, and/or social sciences (e.g., informal or formal education, conservation, zoology, biological sciences, forestry, human dimensions of natural resources, psychology, etc.) or other field that connects to mission and vision of the department.
  • Experience teaching children in an informal or formal educational setting is required.
  • Demonstration of excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Spanish or second language fluency beneficial.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Interest in and experience connecting educational opportunities with broader community engagement efforts.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, personal vehicle and car insurance.
  • Employer paid professional Adult & Child CPR/AED and First Aid certifications (training with skills check).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint) and/or additional collaboration platforms. 

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