School Programs Supervisor - Interpretive Naturalist Supv 2

Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoological Gardens
Jobs - Full Time
Apple Valley, MN

Job Class:  Interpretive Naturalist Supervisor 2Working Title:  School Programs Supervisor - Interpretive Naturalist Supv 2Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekersDate Posted:  09/18/2019Closing Date:  10/09/2019Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Minnesota Zoological Garden / Zoological Gardens-MMADivision/Unit:  Education / Education OfficeWork Shift/Work Hours:  Day Shift / TBD

Days of Work:  Monday through Fridays (occasional weekend programs)

Travel Required:  YesSalary Range: $24.79 - $35.91/hourly; $51,761 - $74,980/annuallyClassified Status:  ClassifiedBargaining Unit/Union:  216 - Middle Management Association/MMAFLSA Status:  Exempt - Executive

Connect 700 Program Eligible:  Yes


 Job Summary  Job Summary

This position provides leadership to the Minnesota Zoo’s School Programs, supporting quality educational experiences for PreK-12 school groups at the Zoo and resources for teachers in the classroom. There is a significant amount of time committed to developing and maintaining programs that align to current state and national standards as well as the Zoo’s mission and priorities, which include conservation, nature education and diversity and inclusion. The incumbent manages all aspects of the daily operation including budgets and supervision of staff. The incumbent manages day-to-day partnerships with local school districts and funders including overseeing scholarship funds for school groups.

  • Manage the design, implementation, maintenance, promotion and evaluation of all educational programs for PreK-12 students and teachers to ensure high quality and effective educational experiences for all audiences.
  • Design and lead implementation for all programs ensuring alignment to new state standards and development of new programs that broaden the Zoo’s demographic reach and are inclusive, equitable and relevant to all Minnesotans.
  • Develop, direct and supervise school program personnel so that staff are skilled and available as needed, collective bargaining agreements and Minnesota Zoo policies and procedures are implemented and appropriately enforced, programs are staffed correctly to meet deadlines and stay within budget, and the Minnesota Zoo’s mission and education department’s goals and objectives are effectively supported.
  • Manage associated school program budgets, including the implementation of all scholarships for school programs, ensuring all expenses incurred most effectively support the Minnesota Zoo’s mission and are available and within budgetary limits and all money is received and paid in compliance with all State and Zoo policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Current K-12 teaching licensure
  • Minimum of two years of experience at an informal institution such as a zoo, aquarium or museum including curriculum development, program management and program delivery
  • Minimum of two years’ experience supervising staff and preparing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrated experience writing grant proposals, tracking outcomes and preparing reports
  • Experience designing and delivering learning experiences for adults such as teacher professional development, staff training and/or informal classes and programs for adult audiences
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access with demonstrated experience engaging diverse communities and underserved audiences
  • Understanding of formal K-12 school and district systems, curriculum frameworks, trends in standards and testing and teacher qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proven experience in environmental, science, conservation experiential and/or outdoor learning theory and methodology
  • Knowledge of age-appropriate formal and informal education methodology and child development, including familiarity with state and national educational standards
  • Knowledge of environmental education, including awareness of, sensitivity towards, and empathy with animals, their needs and their purpose on the earth
  • Excellent written communication skills sufficient to develop reports and marketing collateral
  • Proficiency in office software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentation software
  • Current valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Significant recent experience as a teacher or administrator in a K-12 school setting
  • Significant experience working with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of zoology, biology, environmental sciences, conservation, wildlife biology, and sustainability issues.
  • Knowledge of animal care and husbandry, handling, training, and enrichment
  • Knowledge of preschool and Headstart programs
  • Fluent in a second language, such as Spanish, Hmong, ASL, etc.

Physical Requirements

  • Flexible availability including weekdays, weekends, evenings, early mornings and overnights
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances on uneven terrain
  • Ability to carry and use two-way portable radios to communicate with all zoo staff
  • Ability to sit at a desk and operate a computer for 6-8 hours per day
  • Ability to work in an environment that includes both indoor and outdoor work spaces year round, with moderate noise generated by office and air handling equipment
  • Ability to travel both locally and nationally via air travel with overnight stays

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

  • Must pass employment verification checks, criminal background checks, including, fingerprints, child protection and driver's license.


 Application Details  

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Elizabeth Bauer at or 952/431-9212.