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Zoo Teacher Position

Job Title:  Zoo Teacher
Department:  Education  
FLSA Status: Non-exempt, part time.  

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 different 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.   

College degree required, teaching experience preferred. Hours are approximately 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. during the school year, but vary during the summer. Days vary and can include weekend work also. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates to apply for this position. Only candidates being considered will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or status requests.  

For consideration, please send a resume with cover letter to hr@centralfloridazoo.org. Only qualified candidates being considered will be contacted. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.

For additional information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, please visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.


Job Title: Facilities Assistant (2 positions)
                                Part-time, 24 hours a week.

SUMMARY:

The Facilities Assistant (Assistant) position is a working position and requires a working and practiced knowledge of general labor skills. This position works under the direction of the Facilities Supervisor (Supervisor). In the supervisor’s absence this position reports to the Facilities Manager. As part of a team, the Assistant will strive to maintain the Zoo at a high standard of safety and appearance for staff, guests, vendors and the general public. Additional guidance is received through established policies and procedures, plus verbal and written communications.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below; however, this list is not intended to be all inclusive of the specific tasks that an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Works as part of a team or independently under the instruction of the Facilities Supervisor.
  • Preventative maintenance of all Zoo buildings, exhibit maintenance.
  • Collaborate with animal care staff to schedule maintenance on collections habitats.
  • Receive work orders from Facilities Supervisor and complete in a timely and efficient manner; maintenance of interior and exterior buildings, general labor repairs.
  • Ensure necessary supplies are available to complete work orders.
  • Provides day-to-day maintenance support for all facilities and departments, including but not limited to, changing light bulbs, removing debris, etc.
  • Work as a team to complete designated projects within a proposed deadline.
  • Under the direction of the Supervisor, collaborate with Guest Services Manager to prepare Zoo grounds for special events.
  • Knowledge of Zoo layout and be able to provide assistance in an emergency, if needed.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with all Zoo departments; co-workers, vendors, guests and volunteers.
  • Adheres to all Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Must provide a negative drug test result and TB screen.
  • Must be able to work independently or part of a team.
  • Must be able to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment as necessary.
  • Recognize hazards in buildings, equipment use and animal enclosures.
  • Recognize hazards involving traffic, insects, and other potential hazards in parking lots, on sidewalks, Zoo pathways and open spaces.
  • Thorough knowledge of various chemical agents; ability to use such in accordance with prescribed safety precautions and directions.
  • Must be able to maintain effective working relationships with other Zoo employees and the public.
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings.

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Minimum one (1) year verifiable experience in general labor.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:

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

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

  • Valid Florida driver’s 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 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 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.

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

A large percentage 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 if not handled properly may present a health hazard.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates to apply for this position. The Zoo offers a competitive benefits package upon completion of introductory period.

For consideration, please submit a resume to hr@centralfloridazoo.org. Only candidates being considered will be contacted. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.

Equal Opportunity Notice

The Central Florida Zoological Society 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.