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Education Programs Manager

Position Title: Education Programs Manager
Department: Education
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Learning Experiences
Resumes to:

Nature of Work

The primary function of the Education Programs Manager is to oversee program development and coordinate staffing for informal education programs. Programs under management include Zoo Camp, Fun Factory, Nature Play, and Citizen Science programs.

Essential Duties

  • Develop, write, and implement informal education programs on various conservation, biological, and ecological subjects.
  • Assists Director of Education and Volunteer Services in new program development, including collaborations with external partners.
  • Directs and oversees assigned program activities, budgets, and grant requirements.
  • Hire and train part-time education program staff.
  • Make purchasing decisions regarding program resources.
  • Implement and execute education programs for audiences of all ages at both on-site and off-site locations.
  • Conduct, evaluate, and collect data regarding zoo programs as needed.
  • Assist with grant proposals, donor meetings, and reports for grant-based education programs.
  • Prepare and submit monthly activities to the Director of Education, including participation numbers and budget status.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education/ Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, or related field. One to three years of experience working with kids and with informal education programs, preferably at a zoo, aquarium, museum, or similar institution. Proficiency in MS Office Applications, including MSWord, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Current Florida Driver’s License in good standing.

Communication Skills

Ability to read and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Computer Skills

Proficiency in MS Office Applications, including MSWord, Excel, and PowerPoint.

General Physical Requirements

  • Medium work:  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/ or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 
  • Balancing: Maintaining a body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. 
  • Stooping:  Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at waist. 
  • Kneeling:  Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Crawling:  Moving about on hands and knees or hand and feet.
  • Reaching:  Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing:  Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Pushing:  Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward.
  • Pulling:  Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting:  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving object horizontally from position-to-position. 
  • Fingering:  Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping:  Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing:  Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels or without correction.
  • Repetitive Motions:  Movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Visual Acuity
    • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as:  preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; expansive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines; using measurement devices; and/or assembly of fabrication of parts at distances close to the eye. 
    • The worker is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles or heaving equipment.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to an indoor office environment climate condition and outdoor weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Employee will be required to travel as part of the needs of the position.
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