Reptilia Zoo is seeking enthusiastic, passionate individuals to join its Education Programs team as Educators.
The Educator role is wonderfully flexible and balances well with school or a second job! You can choose between two to seven days of availability. This position is an excellent opportunity for those looking to enter or expand their involvement in the animal or education fields. **Please note: This role is subject to irregular hours and a 3-day notice of work. This role is best suited for applicants seeking casual work hours.
As an Educator, you will be responsible for delivering educational programming in a variety of formats from behind-the-scenes tours to birthday parties to off-site meet & greets.
This is a contract position that requires a minimum of two days of availability each week.
Reptilia is Canada’s largest indoor reptile zoo, with over 25,000 square feet of indoor exhibits featuring over 500 reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Accredited by CAZA, we currently have two locations: Vaughan and Whitby. Reptilia performs thousands of educational, conservation-based programs to schools and community groups. Multiple positions are available at both locations.
- Under the guidance of the Facility Manager and/or Head Zookeeper, deliver educational programming based on themes, curriculum, and/or specific guest requests.
- Share conservation messaging in an engaging way, using a variety of methods, inspiring empathy and awareness.
- Handle and care for live ambassador animals as laid out in Reptilia’s policies.
- Travel to and from off-site locations to host meet & greets, educational lessons, birthday parties, and more.
- Set up and host on-site birthday parties, tours, and related events.
- Ensure a safe, clean, secure environment for program participants by adhering to and following current COVID-19 guidelines.
- Ensure program participant safety and well-being, adhering to Reptilia policies and procedures.
- Other duties assigned by the Facility Manager, Head Zookeeper, or related Management Staff.
- Excellent communication skills, proven ability to speak before audiences.
- Knowledge of animal and conservation issues demonstrated awareness and commitment to the environment.
- A passion for animals of all kinds: reptiles and invertebrates included.
- A method of transportation and valid driver’s license ‘G’ (some programs are run at the zoo, some offsite!)
- Must be able to provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
- Enrolled in/graduate of a post-secondary degree in biology, environmental science, education, or a related field.
- Familiarity with Reptilia and our animal collection.
What is Needed to Apply?
To apply, please send the following:
- A cover letter detailing why the position is of interest to you, what you hope to achieve from the program, and your future goals
- A resume with prior work and education history