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Educator I

Nashville Zoo
High School

This job requires that you have passed High School to be considered for the position. Although the job is based in Nashville, the company may accept applications from candidates living elsewhere who possess the necessary skills. If you're looking for a work-from-home opportunity, Nashville Zoo has several full time positions available that may be a good fit. You can apply for the Educator I job opening that was posted on July 10, 2024 before it expires on August 7, 2024. Since the salary is not exposed by the employer, you can negotiate based on the company's mission and vision. The work is held at Nashville , TN , Nashville , TN.

Nashville Zoo

Educator I

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Position Title: Educator I

Department: Education

Supervisor: Family Programs Manager

Position Status: Full Time

Company Overview:

Nashville Zoo is dedicated to inspiring a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation, and leadership. With a diverse collection of animals and a commitment to wildlife preservation, we provide engaging experiences for visitors of all ages.

Position Description:

The Educator I is part of a dedicated team who is committed to integrating education into the guest experience and recognizes the significance of education in fostering community support for the Zoo. The Educator I is experienced in non-formal education with the demonstrated ability to adapt programming to a variety of audiences and program settings. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as educator for a wide variety of programming.
  • Has a strong knowledge of all program content.
  • Design and facilitate age-appropriate curricula for a wide variety of programming.
  • Assists in the development of new programming and curriculum.
  • Works with various animals during programming, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Assists with administering program evaluations and maintaining accurate statistics for all programming.
  • Engages with guests and program participants regularly, providing excellent service to ensure a positive guest experience.
  • Builds positive relationships within the Education Team and with other Zoo Departments.
  • Supports all Zoo education programs as needed. 
  • Participates in workshops, conferences and continuing education classes.
  • Assists with internal and external online registration systems. 
  • Participates in Nashville Zoo teams and projects. 
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns.   
  • Other duties as assigned. 



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  • Comfortable working with ambassador animals.
  • Desire to work with and speak to the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to represent the zoo.
  • Ability to work well independently without direct supervision.
  • Excellent multitasking and time management ability.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols.

Education/ Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Desired Skills:

The following skills and experience are desired or are considered a plus:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards, in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education/Interpretation, Education, or related field.
  • Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting.
  • Knowledge and experience with live animal education programming.

Physical Responsibilities:

  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period. Applicants must be able to bend, stoop and extend themselves, etc., as required for assigned tasks. 
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.

Work Schedule:

  • August through May: Tuesday- Saturday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • May through August: Monday- Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • Must have flexibility to adjust working days/ hours as needed.


Nashville Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, Employee Assistance Programs, a 401(k) plan with company match, paid time off, sick leave, long-term disability coverage, park discounts, and membership benefits.

Pre-employment requirements:

Nashville Zoo is an EEO Institution and a Drug Free Workplace

  • Candidates must submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.
  • Candidates for this position are subject to pre-employment Tuberculosis Screenings.

How to Apply

Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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