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Teen Programs Specialist (part-time)

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA Req #201
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Do you have a desire to inspire, empower, mentor, develop and have fun? As a Teen Programs Specialist, you can do just that. This position supports our year-round teen (ages 13-17) programs within the Conservation Education department. The goal of these programs is to cultivate the next generation of conservation heroes by connecting teens to nature, fostering a sense of care for the environment, and providing them with opportunities to act. We seek to inspire teens to problem solve way to save animals in the wild as well as empower them to make animal saving actions mainstream within their lives and community. Through mentoring our teens and assisting the Teen Programs Supervisor in developing new opportunities, you will support the Zoo to meet these program goals and promotes a fun and safe environment for teens on Zoo site.


This is a part time position that averages 16-29 hours per week. Hours for each week will vary and could increase during the heavier months of March – May. This position will be required to work weekends and holidays. This position’s schedule will be Saturday and Sunday plus one additional day during the week during the months of January-May and September-December and Monday-Friday during the summer months of June-August. This position requires considerable flexibility, a high level of enthusiasm, and creativity.

Our Mission: Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS degree in related field

  • Minimum of one (1) year relevant work experience

  • Ability to Read, Write and Speak Spanish is desired

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills

  • Ability to partner across teams and with all levels of staff

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with all aspects of teen programming, with focus on detail and multi-tasking.

  • Assist with reviewing applications, interviewing, selecting, and training teen programs participants.

  • Mentor teens in various aspects of programming including working with children, public speaking, leadership, and conservation projects.

  • Effectively communicate with current and prospective teen programs participants via email and phone.

  • Supervise teens on-grounds when Teen Programs Supervisor is not available.

  • Assist with development, preparation, and implementation of teen programs.

  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to develop year-round opportunities for teen programs participants throughout the Zoo.

  • Assist with periodic program evaluation to assess effectiveness of programming and identify areas for growth.

  • Cleaning and organization of program facilities.

  • Ensure the safety of all teen participants.


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities. Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Travel Required No
  • Travel % 0
  • Telecommute % 0
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA