Zoo Teacher

Job Overview

Reports To:
Education Manager/Director of Education

FLSA Status:
Part-time, non-exempt



The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is currently seeking an individual for a part-time Zoo Teacher position. Zoo Teachers work as a team to teach a variety of programs during the year including kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade curriculum-based programs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs, preschool age programs, and camp programs during school breaks and summer. This position requires the ability to interact with a wide age range and diversity of people and the handling of several species of animals. Excellent communication and teamwork skills are necessary. Attention to detail and the ability to complete tasks promptly and accurately are also essential.

Hours are approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the school year but vary during the summer. Days vary and can include weekend work as well. Must successfully pass a background check.


Education and Experience:

College degree required. Teaching experience preferred.

  • Education: Associate’s degree (Preferred)
  • Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)


Language Ability:

  • Ability to respond to common inquiries, requests, or complaints from guests and/or staff in a courteous manner.
  • Must be able to communicate with guests and staff clearly and effectively.
  • Multilingual is a plus.


Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

  • Valid Florida State drivers license.


Physical Demands:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following have been identified as physical requirements of the job:

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time, and drive Zoo vehicles.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel, and manipulate objects or controls. The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch. Several job functions of this position are performed in confined areas.
  • The employee must be able to stand for long periods of time and traverse Zoo grounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Environment:

The majority of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat and humidity. It is possible the employee will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that may present a health hazard if not handled properly. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. (CFZS) reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description pertains to an “at will” position with the CFZS and in no way constitutes a written or implied contract of employment.


To apply, please visit our listing on Indeed.com.

The Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. (CFZS) is an equal opportunity employer and makes decisions related to compensation and all terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender orientation, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic, military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited by the CFZS.
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