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Guest Program Facilitators

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Deadline for application, resume and cover letter: Friday March 22, 2013 by 4:00pm.

Starting Date of position: April 29, 2013
End Date of position: September 15, 2013
(JBZ will accommodate the overlap in the fall school semester).
Salary / Wage: $8.00 per hour
Location: John Ball Zoo
Printable version of job description (pdf)

To Apply

To be considered for the Guest Program Facilitator position you must submit an application, cover letter, and resume no later than 4:00pm on Friday March 22, 2013.

You may submit your application and resume by filling out the online application and attaching your resume and cover letter to your application.

Click here to apply online. (applications will not be accepted until 3/4/2013)

If you cannot submit your materials electronically you may print and complete an application along with your resume and cover letter and mail or deliver them to:

Guest Program Facilitator
John Ball Zoological Society
PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2506 (mailing address)
1300 W. Fulton NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (physical address)


Contact Person: Eric Teachout, Director of Zoo Rentals and Events
Telephone: (616) 336-4375
E-mail: eteachout@johnballzoosociety.org
Contact by: Phone, Mail or E-mail correspondence


Daily interaction with zoo visitors interpreting John Ball Zoo’s animals and exhibits. Assist with special events, summer promotions and activities. Help coordinate on-going promotions and public relations activities. Coordinate and assist with weekend events and programming. Facilitate Birthday Parties and assist with After Hours Zoo rental activities. Assist in daily educational programming and visitor services. Employees will be trained to use some of the Zoo’s educational animals for events and programs.


Friendly, out-going personalities willing to work with all Zoo visitors. Enthusiasm about zoos and conservation, as well as experience with public speaking is a plus. Applicants must be willing to work outside in all types of weather. Applicants must be available to work holidays and weekends as required. Bilingual (Spanish) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Training in public relations, education, theatre, business, biology, hospitality-tourism-management, communication or marketing might prove helpful but is not necessary. In addition, at the time of application, applicants must have graduated from High School, or earned their GED.

Additional Information

Weekend work and some evenings are required. Please submit application, resume, and cover letter as soon as possible. Please contact us with any questions you may have. The
John Ball Zoo Society will be attending Grand Valley State’s job fair on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. The John Ball Zoo Society will consider working around Spring and Summer class schedules and will accommodate the overlap for the Fall semesters.

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