Apply: Preschool Assistant

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

The purpose of this position is to assist lead teachers with fun and safe learning experiences. The Nature Explorers program assistant promotes children’s appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. The Nature Explorers program includes, but is not limited to daily lessons, arts and crafts, games and activities for mixed ages ranging from 3-5 years.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Assist the Preschool Lead Teacher in the general supervision and management of a classroom of toddler or preschool age children.
  • Assist the Preschool Lead Teacher in preparing teaching aides and craft activities, completes associated preparatory and clean-up work, monitors and assists children.
  • Assist students with daily routines: restroom breaks, snacks, and lunch.
  • Assures a healthy, safe, clean and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
  • Establish a nurturing relationship with the children in addition to serving as a positive role model.
  • Participates with children in group activities.
  • Demonstrate initiative- assist and complete general housekeeping tasks.
  • Participates in conservation activities to support Zoo’s mission.
  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction.
  • Represents the zoo in a professional manner at all times.
  • Creates an atmosphere of respect with peers and works as a team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED required and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have experience working with children in early childhood. 
  • Familiarity with the zoo a plus.
  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, fingerprinting and a drug test.

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or email 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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