Unique Experiences Specialist

Minnesota Zoological Garden
Jobs - Full Time
Apple Valley, MN

Minnesota Zoological Garden


Unique Experiences Specialist

The Minnesota Zoological Garden has a full-time Unique Experiences Specialist opportunity in its Conservation, Education and Nature division. This position supports Zoo-wide conservation education by facilitating connections between Zoo guests, animals, and nature through dynamic experiences both on and off Zoo site. This position is responsible for designing, coordinating, and administrating fee-based and VIP guest experiences that could include (but are not restricted to) animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences, specialized tours, nature-based adventure, and conservation travel programs.  This position is responsible for ensuring all experiences promote the importance of conservation, and the Minnesota Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and manage suite of mission-aligned unique experiences that engage Minnesota Zoo guests with the Zoo’s mission, nature, animals, and unique resources
  • Coordinate and implement Unique Experience programs ensuring internal cross-departmental needs are met
  • Integrate appropriate relevant conservation messaging and opportunities.


Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, life science or related field
  • 3 years of experience in revenue-driven innovative program design and development in an informal learning environment
  • 2 years of practical experience with ambassador animal handling and/or training, including public engagement experiences
  • Proven success developing innovative strategies to meet revenue goals through new educational experiences in an informal institution
  • Experience building expense and revenue budgets, managing expenses and purchasing, and tracking revenue goals
  • Experience managing multi-department and/or organization-wide projects and initiatives
  • Experience managing and/or leading group travel sufficient to arrange and lead local, regional, and international conservation travel experiences for adults and youth
  • Experience developing and implementing evaluation tools and strategies to measure program effectiveness and impact
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proven experience in environmental, experiential and/or outdoor learning theory and methodology
  • Knowledge of zoology, biology, life and environmental sciences, conservation, wildlife biology, and sustainability issues, including awareness of, sensitivity toward, and empathy with animals, their needs and their purpose on the earth
  • Evidence of exceptional interpersonal skills sufficient to develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders across multiple departments
  • Superior oral and written communication skills sufficient to develop and deliver education materials, group presentations, VIP engagements, and marketing tools and strategies.
  • Excellent interpretation, teaching, and presentation skills sufficient to deliver educational and engaging community outreach, public engagement, or educational programs in a non-formal environment
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Current valid driver’s license



$26.30 - $38.75/hourly; $54,914 - $80,910/annually

How to Apply

Apply online at the following link: https://careers.mn.gov/psp/hcm92apc/MNCAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SC...

Minnesota Zoological Garden
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 9524319465

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