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Seasonal Educator

Seasonal Educator

Come join us this summer at the Great Plains Zoo as a Seasonal Educator!  This position assists in forwarding the Zoo's mission by engaging kids and teens in our two summer Educational programs.  You will be responsible for general day-to-day coordination and execution of ZooCamp in addition to the general day-to-day supervision of approximately 50 or more teenage participants of the Junior Zookeeper (JZK) Program. 

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading age-appropriate educational activities and lessons for the summer ZooCamp program which runs from late May through August.
  • Providing day-to-day care, cleaning and diets for the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm animals and their exhibits by supervising and working alongside JZK participants, in a manner that meets the standards held by the Animal Care staff.
  • Handling ambassador animals safely and correctly for ZooCamp presentations and coaching JZKs in handling and presenting ambassador animals for daily Creature Feature presentations.
  • Engaging with our guests and coaching Jr Zookeepers to do the same through a variety of interpretive opportunities.
  • Maintaining appropriate supervision and safety for all program participants.
  • Ensuring each program participant and Zoo guest receives outstanding service by having excellent animal and exhibit knowledge.
  • Answering guest questions and providing directions; ensuring Zoo guests receive assistance and accurate information as needed. 
  • Communicating with others immediately when responding to an incident or an emergency.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Previous experience working with children or teens is preferred.
  • Previous experience caring for or handling animals is preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to interact with guests of all ages and abilities.
  • Must be able to work well alone as well as part of a team.
  • Maturity, sound judgement and good decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, be able to lift 50 lbs, and be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide proof of COVID vaccination.  

The Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Great Plains Zoo cares for animals from around the world and offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including Giraffes, Tigers, Rhinos and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit.  


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.