San Antonio Zoo
  • 17-Jun-2022 to 01-Jul-2022 (CST)
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 13.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

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

Wild about nature? Is it always a good day to play outside? Do wonders inspire you under the sun? Ready to get your hands dirty? As a part-time Encounter Educator: Nature Play, you will lead children's play within San Antonio Zoo's Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot. This imaginative exhibit engages young children in the natural world. Encounter Educators: Nature Play encourage nature exploration, outdoor play, and wild activities. 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!


We are a year-round operation; this position requires a flexible schedule to work weekends, holidays, and occasionally after hours for special assignments. Our part-time Encounter Educator - Nature Play, is a weekly schedule, and the compensation is $13.00.


Fun perks include discounts on entry, food, merchandise, and annual zoo membership. In addition to the employee recognition program and employee appreciation events!


As an Encounter Educator: Nature Play, you will lead nature-based children's play within San Antonio Zoo's Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot. This exhibit engages young children (ages birth to five) in the natural world. Encounter Educators: Nature Play are responsible for performing various functions, including facilitating exhibit/nature exploration, leading outdoor play, developing, coordinating, and leading nature-based activities, presenting animals to the public, storytelling, and much more. The Encounter Educator: Nature Play may also engage zoo guests throughout the zoo by supporting special events, exhibit encounters, and leading tours. The Encounter Educator: Nature Play works in the Education Department and reports to the Guest Encounters Interpretation Manager.

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.


  • Desire to plan, create, implement, promote, and evaluate early childhood education activities reflecting environmental themes
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills preferred
  • Desire to work outdoors with small children and their families in varying weather conditions, with multiple distractions
  • Ability to relate effectively with the public, especially very young children as well as older adults
  • Completed 48 college-level units and/or two years of college-level coursework in Education, Zoology, Biology, or a related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • Willingness to work with animals: reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and insects
  • Experience working with children under 5; understanding of developmental stages and special needs of children in an informal learning environment
  • A strong desire to share the wonders of the natural world with all audiences is required. Prefer individuals with experience in informal environmental education
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and patience, along with a solid commitment to the importance of play in early childhood education
  • 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 remain calm under pressure
  • 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!

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