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Program Director

zoOceanarium Group specializes in developing and operating world class aquariums, zoos and nature-based science centers.  We provide services from concept design to managing daily operations and everything in between.  With employees from all over the globe, zoOceanarium Group consists of animal care specialists, animal trainers, veterinarians, design specialists, project managers and operational staff.

zoOceanarium Group is continuing to expand their team and looking to recruit a talented Program Director for an exciting zoo project in Ethiopia. You will be responsible for developing an education programme for the zoo, focusing on the national curriculum and conservation. Your responsibilities will include the development of materials for the zoo and train rangers on how to effectively deliver an education message, conservation awareness and guide visitors appropriately.


  • Manage, support and supervise all staff within their section to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.
  • Design, plan and deliver training programs, predominantly related to school children.
  • Develop a learning program to match the national curriculum.
  • Responsible for the program planning – from development to delivery.
  • Manage the information and education signs within the zoo, ensuring they are correct, up to date and inform maintenance if damaged or need cleaning etc.
  • Develop conservation message and information to enhance peoples understanding and the importance of animal and wildlife conservation along with the Zoo Director.
  • Develop and oversee the ranger guides and the content of information they use to inform and educate the visitors.
  • Develop a range of educational material including props that can be used within the zoo to educate the visitors, including touch tables, presentations, posters, brochures, banners, workbooks, handouts and interactive materials etc.
  • Adapt material for different age groups.
  • Train educators, guides and rangers to effectively educate visitors.
  • Develop animal training programs, animal enrichment programs and continue education of area staff along with the Head Curator.
  • Develop educative animal interaction programs.
  • Work with the zoo director to market and promote the zoo, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Coordinate events, VIP interactions and animal handling experiences along with the Head Curator.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Competitive
  • Housing stipend.
  • Paid time off.
  • Health insurance.

 Position Requirements:

  • 5 years + experience with a biology/zoology teaching background with recognized qualifications.
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience managing large multicultural teams.
  • Exceptional leadership skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing departmental budgets.
  • Creative problem solver.

Please send a one-page cover letter with your resume to with the position you are applying for in the subject line.