Employment Opportunities

Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program Coordinator

Full-time: Work at least 40 hours a week; schedule can be developed with a two day "weekend", or break period.

Part-time: Work around 20 hours a week, either two or three days a week.

The Red River Zoo is looking for fun, creative, and responsible Junior Zookeeper Leadership Coordinators to help lead the Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program! Your job will be to create a fun, educational, and well supervised experience for the program's participants. This unique, position is a great way to develop management, education, and communication skills.

As one of our Junior Coordinators, you will work as a team to plan out and supervise a full day of dynamic activities for the "Juniors" to do. Typical tasks for participants include (but are not limited to): preparing zoo for opening, assisting with the care of the Zoo's domestic animals, and interacting with the public through informal and formal presentations. The children in the program are ages 11 to 17. This positon runs from mid-May through the end of August.


  • Supervise and mentor program participants
  • Collaborate with other Junior Zookeeper Coordinators and the Education Director
  • Deliver educational content and further the mission of the Zoo in a fun and exciting way
  • Communicate effectively with participants, zoo staff, and zoo guests
  • Teach and monitor safe handling of tools, bio-facts, and animals
  • Assist with Special Events
  • Develop curriculum for current and future programs
  • Provide exceptional customer service
  • Other duties as assigned

General Requirements:

  • Prior experience working with children in a formal or informal education setting
  • Be outgoing and passionate about nature and wildlife
  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments
  • Excellent classroom or group management skills
  • Be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time
  • Flexible schedule (may work weekends, holidays, evenings)
  • Trustworthy and personable
  • Be able to lift at least 40lbs

Additional Requirements:

  • Have completed at least 1 year of college at an accredited institution in education, environmental studies, biology or working towards degree. Previous teaching or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, completed application form, and a professional letter of recommendation to our mailbox or send through email to education@redriverzoo.org.

Education Specialist

Full time, 40 hours/week

The Education Specialist will work with the Education Director and all Zoo departments to develop and deliver outreach and on-site educational programming, thereby providing a meaningful educational experience to visitors. He/She will assist with all aspects of the Zoo's educational programming including class room instruction, tours, signage, printed materials and community outreach programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development and delivery of any educational programming including but not limited to: school-based programs, Zoomobile outreach, adult education, family education, and summer camps.
  • Foster a conservation/education message in all things associated with Red River Zoo including graphics, educational programming, and exhibits
  • Assist with recruiting/supervising/training/scheduling/evaluating the performance of docents.
  • Work cooperatively with the Education Director, other Zoo staff, and Zoo volunteers
  • Maintain a comfortable level of program animal handling experience
  • Ensure the safety & well-being of all educational animals, their handlers, and the public through education, training, and following established procedures.
  • Assist with educational articles for the member newsletters
  • Assist with educational components of special events
  • Educational and volunteer record keeping performed in an accurate manner
  • Assist with marketing education programs & development of education brochures

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Be available and proficient to teach a variety education programs
  • Ability to research, develop and deliver quality curriculum, aligned to educational standards
  • Ability to supervise, train, schedule, recruit and inspire docents
  • Knowledge and understanding of best practices in animal husbandry for the Educational Animal Collection
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits and demonstrate sound judgment while in the proximity of potentially dangerous situations
  • Ability to obtain first aid and CPR training
  • Solid computer skills, knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing programs
  • Ability to be flexible, work under pressure & meet time sensitive deadlines with accuracy
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as required
  • Ability to deal in a positive and cooperative manner with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, students and the general public
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maturity at all times

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in biological science, education, or related fields
  • One year experience in education, informal education, or interpretation
  • Valid driver's license
  • Experience working with and handling animals
  • Experience writing quality education programming

To apply, send resume, cover letter and three references to:
Erica Prokrym
Education Director, Red River Zoo
4255 23rd Ave. South
Fargo, ND 58104


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