Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo's Learning Experiences has an opportunity for a full time Learning Experiences Specialist to deliver and support programs for a wide variety of audiences including school field trip programs, early childhood and family programs, at the zoo and in the community.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo's mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Program Delivery: Facilitates learning through delivery of animal and nature play based programming to a wide variety of audiences, but with an emphasis in early childhood. Position is strongly focused on program delivery to underserved, school and family audiences, both at the zoo and offsite in the community.
  • Animal Handling: Handles live animals and biofacts (animal specimens) in education programs.
  • Communication: Works proactively to communicate, plan and problem-solve with supervisor, Learning Experiences staff and teams, cross-department zoo staff, volunteers, schools, community groups, and families through emails, meetings, and phone calls; submits timely reports to supervisor.
  • Program Area Support:  Collaborates with supervisor, Learning Experiences staff and teams to develop, implement and support evaluation of new and existing programs, helping to align programs with zoo and departmental goals, mission and values; prepares program materials & curriculum.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo's Safety & Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Values and consistently applies Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Supports a variety of other education programs, including onsite and offsite school programs, overnight programs, day camps, public programs and other programs as assigned.
  • Assists with the training and monitoring of volunteers who deliver area programs.
  • Manages, maintains, and repairs teaching materials; helps Coordinator decide on material purchases.
  • Participates in required Learning Experiences activities such as: special events, Free Days, professional development opportunities, staff meetings, etc.
  • Serves on committees and projects as requested and approved by supervisors.
  • Represents the Denver Zoo to the community in a professional and positive manner.
  • Complies with all zoo policies and performs other supportive duties as needed.
  • Performs various duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education with zoology background preferred. Will also consider early elementary, special education, environmental/science education, zoology, biology or related fields, with early childhood experience.
  • Minimum two years teaching experience with preschool and/or early elementary aged children required. Experience in an informal education setting with nature play programming preferred.
  • Energized by working with children and the public.
  • Ability to deliver programs in a fun, theatrical, dynamic and age-appropriate manner.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including 1 to 2 evenings (up to 7 PM) per week.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Experience delivering environmental education programs and developing curriculum in an informal educational setting.
  • Experience handling and presenting a variety of live animals.
  • Outstanding diplomatic and customer service skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment and handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Excellent oral presentation, communication, organization, writing and word processing skills.
  • Ability to function in a multi-task environment, both independently and in a team.
  • Comfortable with driving a large cargo van around Denver and surrounding areas.
  • Clear driving record.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License within three months of hiring.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position involves light lifting under 25lbs and also requires carrying, pushing, pulling, and occasional heavy lifting up to 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop, kneel or smell.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus.   Minimal crouching, crawling, climbing, and non-confined sitting are also required. The position requires both mental and visual concentration.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with staff, volunteers, and other departments. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  This employee will be required to have contact with animals and may be exposed to zoonosis. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a regular full-time hourly position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.


Completed applications must be submitted by October 20 ,2017


Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer