Educator (AAOA)

Job Type
Full-Time
Job Location

Educator is responsible for the creation, scheduling and presentation, of engaging, educational animal presentations in all areas of the aquarium.  Visitor Programs educator will work hands-on with a wide range of non-releasable wildlife and animal ambassadors. Primary responsibilities will include the following: public speaking and direct interaction with aquarium guests. 

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

  • Implement a schedule for the chats and presentations.
  • Responsible for appropriate marquee signage and up to date program information.
  • Understand the significance of his/her role and how they can positively impact visitors.  Pro-active, friendly communication will be expected at all times, as well as anticipating visitors’ needs and desires.
  • Communicate issues or concerns to the Director of Education in a timely manner. 
  • Work in a cooperative manner with the Husbandry and Volunteer staff and respects the educational animal collection protocols, equipment and space.

 Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience

  • Assist the Education Coordinator in the continued training and supervision of all volunteers in proper animal handling guidelines and program delivery.
  • Implement an evaluation tool for programs to reflect visitor interest and satisfaction and to identify future areas of growth.
  • Assist the Education Coordinator in care of the education animal collection.
  • Assist in additional guest programming needs as necessary.
  • Assist in general education department needs as necessary.

Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.

  • Actively collaborate with the Education Department team to design and implement programs and presentations directly related to our collection and conservation issues.
  • Actively collaborate with Marketing, Development, Membership and Special Events to support non-routine special events.
  • Actively seek up- to-date information in informal educational methodologies and trends, and conservation and animal information relevant to our collection and conservation education needs.   

Experience:  1-3 years working in an informal learning environment and demonstrated experience working in animal presentations and naturalist chats.Experience handling animals or ability to learn to handle animals including aquatics, reptiles and invertebrates (all classes).  Demonstrated ability to relate and communicate effectively with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required in Education, Biology, Zoology, Ecology, or Environmental Education 

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