San Antonio Zoo
  • 02-May-2022 to 01-Jun-2022 (CST)
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 16.00
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Employee discounts on merchandise, food, and entry. Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance benefits after 3 months of employment. Paid leave accrual benefits after 4 months of employment

The Will Smith Zoo School is recognized for its outstanding achievement, innovation in education program design, and implementation by the Zoological Association of America for early education preschools. As a full-time Lead Teacher for the award-winning Will Smith Zoo School, you will empower children to appreciate, protect, and understand the world around them. Do you want to be part of a dynamic nonprofit organization that focuses on educating young minds and securing a future for wildlife? If so, please read on!


Must be available Monday through Friday, with the ability to occasionally work weekends, holidays, and after-hour assignments. Our Lead Teacher position's hourly rate is $16.00.


We offer robust benefits after 3 months of employment, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and paid time off (PTO) accrual after 4 months. Fun perks include discounts on entry, food, and merchandise!


As Zoo School Lead Teacher, you are primarily responsible for teaching and assisting at the Will Smith Zoo School, a nature-based preschool for children ages 3-5. You may also facilitate programs with parents and other education audiences when needed.


  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of San Antonio Zoo and Will Smith Zoo School
  • Commitment to the importance of nature play within the field of early childhood education
  • Demonstrate regular, reliable, and punctual attendance to ensure quality continuity
  • Knowledge of, aptitude for, and enthusiasm for learning basic natural history/ecology concepts
  • Demonstrated verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; ability to be a creative and flexible team leader.
  • Experience and comfort in nature/working outdoors
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to interact and work effectively and cooperatively with children, families, and co-workers.
  • Ability to relate effectively and engagingly with the public, especially very young children and their parents
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with desktop publishing and general computer skills
  • Bachelor's degree in child development or early childhood education
  • At least two years of experience in the facilitation/management of play and preschool environments for children 3-5


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

We look forward to meeting you!

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