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Nashville Zoo / Temp Full-Time Interpreter

04/06/2021 1:48 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

Position/Title: Interpreter (Temporary)

Department: Education

Supervisor: Area Supervisor – Interpretive Programs


Description: Nashville Zoo is seeking an upbeat, positive individual to educate and inform intergenerational audiences about our history, our animals, conservation efforts, and how they can become stewards to the environment.

Applicants must be available (work week) from May through October.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an on-grounds interpreter at various locations throughout the zoo, including but not limited to: Veterinary Center, Historic Croft Home and Farm, and Animal Contact Exhibits. This includes providing narration during surgical procedures and guided tours of the historic home.

  • Responsible for walking tours, as requested in advance by guests. Some tours may require period-appropriate dress.

  • Participate in interpretation and activities as a part of special events; including but not limited to Boo at the Zoo, Zoolumination, Great Backyard Bird Count, Party for the Planet, World Tiger Day, and World Rhino Day

  • Perform regular cleaning and maintenance of interpretive elements including historic items, furnishings, outbuildings, farm equipment, artifacts, and signs

  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent


Required Skills:

The successful candidate must have:

  • Desire to work with and speak to the general public

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to collaborate effectively with other zoo departments

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to represent the zoo

  • Ability to work well independently without direct supervision

  • Excellent multitasking and time management ability

  • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols


Desired Skills:

The following skills and experience are desired and are considered a plus: 

  • Degree earned, or working towards, in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Education/Interpretation, Education, or related field

  • Familiarity with technology relevant to use in a zoo education setting

  • Knowledge and experience with live animal education programming

  • Prior experience in an interpreter role


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move items up to 25 pounds

  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Ability to move around zoo grounds for extended periods of time


Employee Requirements:

Prior to hire, the successful candidate must:

  • Submit to a criminal background check and drug screen

  • Provide proof of a negative TB test as a pre-requisite to handling animals 

  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license


Nashville Zoo offers a competitive benefit package. 

 Apply online:  https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=65707&clientkey=AC4F4714184226FB5288AB0BE0259814


PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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