Zoo Interpreter - Limited Term

Limited Term

Start dateApril 3, 2018  End date: September 3, 2018

Accountable to the Manager, Visitor Engagement and Interpretive Planning, the Interpreter is generally responsible for the research, development and presentation of interpretive programs for zoo visitors of all ages, the creation of interactive learning activities, and the research and writing of other interpretive materials.


  • Research, develop, and present interpretive programs for zoo visitors of all ages, utilizing a wide variety of interpretive techniques and interactive learning activities.
  • Engage with visitors around zoo grounds, providing interactive experiences at exhibits such as Panda Passage, Land of Lemurs, Penguin Plunge, and others.   
  • Research and write other interpretive materials as assigned.
  • Collect and record statistics on program attendance.
  • Document all programs presented.
  • Critique peer programs and provide constructive feedback.
  • Upgrade resource knowledge by reading and discussing with other zoo staff.
  • Maintain a safe, clean working environment for animals, visitors, and zoo staff.
  • Perform all duties in a professional manner according to zoo policies and guidelines.
  • Complete other related duties as required.


  • Minimum of two years post-secondary education with a background in sciences and/or natural history interpretation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence with several of the following interpretive techniques:
    • Art, demonstrations, drama, graphics, guided tours, descriptive language, music, prop talks, puppetry, role playing, storytelling, and others.                         
  • Able to present information to audiences of all ages and education levels in an entertaining manner.
  • Basic competency in Microsoft Word.  
  • Possess and maintain a valid first aid certificate and a clear criminal record check with a vulnerable sector search.

Working Conditions:

  • On-grounds mobility, standing for long periods of time and some lifting.
  • Working weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays will be required.

What the zoo has to offer:

  • Competitive compensation.
  • Discounts on food, beverage and merchandise.
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members.
  • A fun work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals!

If you are a highly motivated and experienced individual we invite you to send your resume, along with a covering letter, in confidence, no later than February 12, 2018. Please quote the position title in the subject line.

Human Resources
Calgary Zoo
1300 Zoo Rd NE
Calgary, Alberta
T2E 7V6
Email: [email protected]

NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE. Applicants are thanked in advance and advised that only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.