Apply: Preschool Lead Teacher

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

The Preschool Lead Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, develops partnerships with child’s caregivers. Lead Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other staff members of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The purpose of this position is to engage students in early childhood education through environmental and conservation education lessons that support the Zoo’s mission, vision and values. The position helps facilitates fun and safe learning experiences to help preschoolers gain an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. Preschool includes: Zoo tours, animal encounters, arts and crafts, games and activities for mixed age groups ranging from 3-5 years old.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Develops, weekly plans, and implements age appropriate topics by coordinator (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care.
  • Perform on-going developmental evaluations of children and develop lesson plans and follow curriculum implementation that addresses the individual needs of each child.
  • Ability to discipline students in accordance with protocol and procedures.
  • Comfort and ability to handle animal ambassadors with provided training.
  • Effectively documents, behavioral and incident reports, with the ability to relay information to supervisors and parents.
  • Ongoing communication with caretakers and plans periodical parent conferences to discuss children’s developmental progress, needs and interest.
  • Liaison with children's families to ensure smooth transition from home to child care setting and transitions from classroom to classroom when needed.
  • Complete assigned responsibilities including set-up, clean-up and program maintenance.
  • Keep all children active and engaged in the classroom.
  • 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

  • Experience working with children informal or formal learning
  • Must be at least 18 years old. Familiarity with the zoo a plus.
  • College course work in early childhood education, science, education, or environmental studies
  • 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, fingerprint and a drug test.
  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.

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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