Detroit Zoological Society
  • Education
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Temporary - Part-time


The selected individual will implement the NOAA B-Wet: Great Kids Saving the Great Lakes grant. The staff member will work directly with staff and youth at our community partner organizations in out-of-school time to build an interest and knowledge centered on STEM curriculum and around a community of practice engaged in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion. The project will use existing B-Wet and MWEE programming to create locally relevant and authentic experiential learning focused on the selected audiences. The Education Specialist will complete and document program related information required through the grant, including surveys, photos, written notes, etc.


The Education Specialist will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society.  He/She will support and enhance a clean, safe, enjoyable, and educational experience at the Detroit Zoo facilities by actively engaging in the enforcement of Customer Service Standards, and specifically by knowing and understanding the Detroit Zoological Society's "SCOPE" of service, animal care, community relations and park appearance guidelines; by enforcing safety and security policies, and following all other policies set by the organization. The Education Intern will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.


This description of duties and responsibilities is by no means all inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership.  This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

 Authority and Accountability

The Education Specialist has the responsibility to carry out the Education goals and objectives and is accountable to the Education Department. The Education Specialist will report to an Education Curator. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in team/department meetings
  • Implement the NOAA B-Wet grant per the narrative provided
  • Work with the partner organization to develop youth workshops MWEEs curriculum
  • Work with the staff at the partner organization to be co-leaders on the grant
  • Participate in collecting and conducting research pertinent to the grant
  • Co-facilitate workshops at the partner organization with the youth to implement the grant
  • Create and revise materials to be used within the grant
  • Execute general office duties as they relate to projects and department
  • Perform related duties as assigned as they relate to the field of education

 Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors in a typical office environment and frequently outdoors, with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions. Exposure to video display monitors. Frequent exposure to the public by working in the Zoo, the community and with partner organizations. Frequent travel throughout SE Michigan with the possibility of regional and/or national travel. 

Physical Requirements

The ability to perform principal duties is required. The Education Specialist must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Able to perform moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, lifting, and standing for an extended period of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skilled in compiling information into clear, meaningful and well-polished finished pieces.
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues through written and oral means to collect and organize information.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in writing styles that allow readers to make connections to the content.
  • Knowledge of youth development research and strategies.
  • Ability to receive, contribute and incorporate constructive criticism.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences
  • Ability to create adaptive learning environments, especially centered on STEM
  • Ability to manage project development from initiation to closure
  • Expertise in earth science, preferably related to the properties of water, watersheds, human impact on waterways
  • Ability to facilitate impactful, learner-driven and inquiry-based experiences


  • Completion of a Bachelor's Degree in General Science, Earth Science, Biology or other closely related field
  • Certification in Earth Science for Secondary Education or Integrated Science for Elementary Education
  • Experience developing instructional strategies that increase student proficiency in earth science
  • Experience creating and delivering inquiry-based and project-based learning opportunities.
  • Utilizes classroom management techniques to create maintain a productive learning environment
  • Familiar with youth developmental stages and best pedagogical practices to meet those needs.
  • Knowledge of audio-visual equipment and the ability to operate a personal computer and utilize word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise participants / students safely and effectively in a variety of environments.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the public, departmental personnel, volunteers and other community organizations.
  • Ability to acquire additional skills and knowledge.
  • Requires a valid State of Michigan Driver's License.

 Position Type: Part-time, temporary (2 years, 20 hours per week)

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