Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Working Hours: Part-time, must be available weekends and evenings. Weekly hours fluctuate with number of programs and seasonally.

Direct Supervisor: Director of Programming and Conservation Action

FLSA Status: Non-exempt


The Zoo Naturalist inspires our guests to take conservation action. The Zoo Naturalist is responsible for facilitating a variety of programs, both onsite and offsite, along with engaging conversations with guests. Programs consist of public speaking, include ambassador animal handling and training, along with community science conservation action in the field.


  • Present, support or facilitate a variety of programs.
  • Engage, inform, and inspire guests throughout the Zoo in the times between scheduled programs.
  • Work with and clearly communicate with Zoo staff, docents, volunteers, ZooTeens, and other stakeholders to maintain program quality.
  • Use bio-facts, animal exhibits, interpretives, and labels to engage guests and answer guest questions.
  • Recognize different audience types and adjust engagement strategies accordingly.
  • Interact with ambassador animals, including; training, packing, handling, transporting and presenting.
  • Assist in Facilitating of community science programs off zoo grounds including, community clean-ups, maintaining butterfly gardens, and nature hikes.
  • Support other organizational tasks as needed.


  • Operating outreach vehicles and golf carts.
  • Maintaining and operating electronic interpretives.
  • Ability to learn and understand computer programs and apps.
  • Utilize technological devices to educate public on and off zoo grounds


This position requires walking, standing, speaking, hearing, seeing, and interacting with the public of all ages. Driving is also required both onsite and offsite. Lifting and carrying of up to 40 lbs.


Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in a variety of facilities and weather conditions.



  • Obtaining, or has obtained a college degree in biology, zoology, environmental science, environmental studies, conservation/natural resources education or related field is preferred
  • Must be at least 18 years old.


  • Must be willing to be trained in animal handling
  • Must have the ability to use proper judgement when handling animals
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver's License and reliable transportation
  • Knowledge of animal biology, ecology and conservation is a must
  • Background in education or the natural sciences preferred
  • Possess and exhibit a passion for the Zoo's conservation mission
  • Recent experience with public presentations recommended
  • Experience with presentations in both formal and informal learning setting desired


Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Excellent customer service skills. Excellent time management and problem-solving skills. Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with staff, volunteers, and visitors. Ability to recognize differing audience groups by age, interest, demographics, learning styles and other characteristics

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