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Education Specialist

Education Specialist

Come join us at the Great Plains Zoo as an Education Specialist!  This position assists in preserving the Zoo’s mission by conducting education programs so learning is a fun, engaging and memorable experience for our audiences.  You will be presenting a variety of Education programs for a wide range of ages and audiences including camps, early childhood programs, overnights, on-grounds programming and outreach.  

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with Education Services Manager and other Education Specialists, implement year-round on-site and community-based education programs.
  • Develop lesson plans for programs for all grade levels and align lessons with cross-curriculum components with both SD and national education standards.
  • Ensure effective planning, preparation, execution and tracking of all Education programs.
  • Assist with the care, training and handling of the education ambassador animal collection.
  • Assist with maintaining the interpretive materials for the Delbridge Museum of Natural History.
  • Assist with the cleaning, inspecting and cataloging of museum artifacts.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • College degree in biological sciences, education or related field.  Applicable experience may be considered in place of degree requirement.
  • Experience presenting informal or formal education programs.
  • Experience handling small animals and/or birds (raptors, parrots, reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals) is beneficial.
  • MS Office experience
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive up to 150 miles a day for Zoo Mobile and other outreach presentations.
  • This position requires a comfort level with children of all ages, adults and the ability to speak to groups of various sizes and ages.


The Great Plains Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of our natural world through Education, Conservation, Recreation and Discovery.  The Great Plains Zoo cares for more than 1,000 animals from around the world and offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including giraffes, tigers, black rhinos and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit.  The Zoo is an accredited member of the AZA and sees over 300,000 visitors annually.

The 45-acre Great Plains Zoo is located in Sioux Falls, SD, a growing community with:

· A metro population of 259,000

· A healthy economy and a robust arts and cultural scene

· Recognition from Forbes magazine as the best small metro area in the nation for business and careers (Oct 2018).

· Coverage from Wall Street Journal (May 2017) under the headline “As Many Midwest Cities Slump, Sioux Fall Soars.”

Proof of U.S. Citizenship or immigration status will be required upon employment. Criminal convictions are not an absolute bar to employment, but will only be considered in relation to specific job requirements.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.