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Birthday Program Interpreter (P/T)

We’re seeking someone to coordinate our “Birthday At The Zoo” programming and other prepared classroom and public environmental education programming at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

About you:

· Post-secondary studies related to education, biology or animal sciences, recreation and youth programming, or early childhood development. Education students are encouraged to apply!

· Academic, work, volunteer experience directly engaging elementary or middle-school children with animals and environmental/nature topics is an asset.

· Have an engaging and friendly personality.

· Must be comfortable handling and working with animals (snakes, lizards/amphibians, small mammals).

· Be energetic and enjoy working with children and families.

· Be organized – able to prepare supplies and materials for concurrent events and activities.


o Provide an acceptable Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sectors Search

o Fluent in English – able to speak in public, and speak clearly.

o All program coordination requires a degree of physical ability and range of movement.

o Standard First Aid with CPR C certification (training will be provided for those without certification)

What you’ll do:

· Coordinate “Birthday at the Zoo” programming.

  • Prepare the room and gather supplies, activities, and animal ambassadors for programs.
  • Greet families and welcome them to facility.
  • Present birthday party program including animal themed games and activities, and coordinate meet-and-greet with live animal ambassadors.
  • Oversee the room rental for remainder of non-program time (families eat cake, open presents, etc.)
  • Put away supplies and animal ambassadors. Clean and rearrange room for next booking.

· Present other engaging education programs ensuring accuracy of information and the maintenance of the conservation message. Programs include classroom education for K-8 students (virtual and onsite), pond-dipping (outdoor, experiential), bio-fact presentations, as well as the possibility of special group programs on evenings/weekends.

· Use time management and organization to deliver programming within established timeframes. Be flexible to adjust if necessary (to extend/add to fill time or shorten depending on situation).

· Utilize diverse animals, biofacts, and educational tools to deliver programming that engages multiple learning styles

· Lead or instructs with enthusiasm and passion to inspire discovery and learning in others

· Act as a responsible role model for youth and ambassador for the Saskatoon Zoo Society.

· Able to manage student groups and appropriately respond to individual participant behaviors/needs as required.

· Appropriately handle socialized animal ambassadors according to procedures and as trained (such as python, ferrets, bearded dragons, blue-tongued skink).

This position is part-time, casual beginning as early as June 9, 2022. Hours will be based on number of birthdays and other programs booked. Hours will be primarily Saturday and Sunday (10:00 – 6:00 pm), with the possibility of some evening programming on weekdays (4:00 – 7:00 pm).

There is an opportunity for this role to expand to cover educational programming needs (evening community programming, weekday classroom programming) in addition to birthdays.

Please apply with Resume using our online application link:

If you have questions about this posting, please contact Saskatoon Zoo Society at 306-975-3395.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Casual

Salary: $16.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
Masks are required for all indoor programming. Staff that are handling animals are asked to have proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.