San Antonio Zoo
  • 03-Apr-2022 to 30-May-2022 (CST)
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 13.00
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

Employee discounts on merchandise, food, and entry including a zoo membership after 30 days of employment.

Wild about conservation? Can you envision a greener world? Are you passionate about the zoo? As a Seasonal Encounter Educator, you will lead conservation-focused encounters throughout San Antonio Zoo, deliver interactive experiences through informal, mission-aligned encounters between zoo animals and guests and connect exhibit animals with meaningful moments that inspire guests to adopt behaviors that secure a future for wildlife. Do you want to be part of this dynamic nonprofit organization that focuses on love, engagement, action, and protection to secure a future for wildlife? If so, please read on!


We are a year-round operation; this position requires a flexible schedule for workdays, weekends, holidays, and occasionally after-hours for special assignments. Our Educator Encounters is part-time with a rotating schedule, including weekends, and the compensation is $13.00.


Fun perks include discounts on entry, food, merchandise, and a merit increase after six months. In addition to the employee recognition program, eligible for internal positions after four months of employment and employee appreciation events!


As an Encounter Educator, you will lead conservation-focused encounters at various exhibits and interpretive stations throughout San Antonio Zoo. Encounter Educators perform multiple tasks to deliver interactive experiences through informal, mission-aligned encounters between zoo animals and guests. Encounter Educators intertwine meaningful objects (artifacts, biofacts, graphics), exhibit animals, and personal moments that inspire guests to adopt behaviors that secure a future for wildlife. Encounter Educator may also engage zoo guests by leading guided tours, attending outreach engagements, and supporting special events.

You must be fully committed to San Antonio Zoo's mission to create awareness that inspires action to care for the wildlife we steward and the animals we protect. You take pride in knowing your hard work makes a difference in wildlife conservation.


  • Strong desire to work with the public
  • Ability to work comfortably among a wide variety of people
  • Previous experience with public speaking is required.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and productive working relations with fellow employees
  • Strong natural history/ecology/interpretive background as indicated by previous experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively on a microphone in English, presenting biological, historical, and conservation information in a professional and engaging manner
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and related programs
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Must have a minimum of 3 full days of availability per week.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older with a clean driving record for vehicle operation
  • Valid Texas driver's license or obtain within 3 months of employment.
  • Successful candidates must complete a pre-employment National Sex Offender Search, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Screen.


All future zoo crew, please apply at and complete our application.

We look forward to meeting you!

San Antonio Zoo
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