Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $60k per year, plus benefits

Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Distance Learning Specialist where you’ll help shape the direction of distance learning at the zoo and how we communicate our conservation values online.

Founded in 1899, the zoo has been an integral part of the Seattle community and a leader in animal care, exhibit design, and conservation work for over 120 years.

Working at Woodland Park Zoo is more than just a job – together, we save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to grow your appreciation of animals and the natural world, contribute to global conservation, welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities to join you in the cause, and work with a fantastic group of co-workers.

The Distance Learning Specialist is a highly collaborative role that will work with the Youth and Adult Engagement Manager to oversee the Learning & Innovation department’s educational distance learning programs and media-based projects. You’ll use online engagement best practices and integrate them into the zoo’s systems.


What you’ll do:

  • Build, develop and manage online learning infrastructure and internal partnerships with other zoo departments to create and deliver highly engaging video conferencing programs.
  • Develop and support public, private, community, and school-based online and videoconferencing programs.
  • Create educational media products for schools, libraries, organizations, individuals, and/or public audiences, including development, filming and production, and assisting with delivery.
  • Facilitate development of a suite of live and recorded broadcasts in collaboration with several zoo departments including Learning & Innovation, Animal Care, Wildlife Conservation, and Horticulture; other zoo stakeholders; and outside partners in alignment with strategic priorities.
  • Participate in and facilitate meetings, trainings and professional development to discuss, plan, and develop departmental strategy, marketing plans and professional growth plans around online and distance learning programs and platforms.
  • Provide technical, logistical, and/or procedural support to customers and users of distance learning equipment, web sites and services.
  • Train and support instructors and staff in the use of distance learning equipment, software, applications, and effective presentation techniques.
  • Establish evaluation plan to assess effectiveness of distance learning programs in meeting learning and institutional outcomes. Collect, manage and report program statistics.
  • Research and write articles, blog posts, fliers, publications, grant report/narrative information, communications/interpretive materials, and other promotional and supporting materials.
  • Work with the Development department to participate in grant writing, grant reports, donor cultivation tours, events, and other fundraising initiatives.

Who we’re looking for:

  • You have at least two years’ related experience plus a bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • You’re familiar with and skilled in Learning Management Systems (LMS), web development, integrated software systems and applications, and videoconference interfaces.
  • You’re a great communicator and experienced coalition builder, both online and in-person. You’re experienced in communicating scientific information in formal and informal settings.
  • You’re a team player who’s equally comfortably participating in, leading, and motivating teams.
  • You know how to bring together and support different perspectives from diverse populations to come to solutions and identify areas of growth.
  • You’re comfortable representing the department in cross-departmental meetings.
  • You’re customer service oriented and work well with internal and external partners. You enjoy working with the public, including diverse populations and people of all ages and abilities.
  • Your project management skills include a keen eye for details and accuracy, organizational skills, the ability to creatively manage projects with many moving parts, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and meeting deadlines.
  • You can prioritize your workload and schedules in a fast-paced environment with multiple agendas.
  • You’re open to experimentation, learning, adjustments along the way, and can push through ambiguity to deliver results.
  • You’re proficient with internet research and Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.
  • You have excellent English reading and writing skills, including the ability to read, analyze, interpret, and present common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. You have the ability to write grants, reports, speeches, and articles for publication for formal and informal audiences.
  • You’re able to work a flexible schedule, which may include some evenings or weekends.
  • You’re committed to and passionate about the zoo’s mission to save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Why you should work with us:

  • Supportive, enthusiastic, and fun co-workers.
  • Unique opportunities to learn about and connect with wildlife, the natural world, and your community.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including 10 paid holidays and 12 days of paid vacation, health and life insurance, commuter benefits, and a 403 (b) retirement savings plan.
  • Complimentary passes and discounts on zoo admission for friends and family.
  • Employee discounts at the Zoo and with local merchants.

Want to know more? Read the full job description and qualifications here!

Pay: $60k, plus benefits. This grant-funded position is currently funded until 12/31/2020. We are working to secure additional funding to extend the position.

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

HOW TO APPLYApplication Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at or no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume required.


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