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The Air Zoo currently has full-time and part-time openings available. If you would like to be considered for any of the open positions listed below, please submit a resume and cover letter to

Applications are held for 90 days.

Available Positions

Full Time Postions

Education Manager, Full-time

Supervisor: President and CEO

Position Summary:
Lead all aspects of the Education function for the Air Zoo. Primary responsibilities include creating and implementing the comprehensive Education strategy for the Air Zoo; expanding and diversifying the Air Zoo's school/educator contact base throughout the region; assisting in developing and delivering the Air Zoo's educational value proposition to community stakeholders; creating and delivering hands-on educational and learning programs to guests of all ages at the Air Zoo and throughout the community; developing and leveraging key relationships/partnerships at the local, state, and national levels to ensure revenue goals are met and exceeded; and providing strategic thought and action across a broad array of Air Zoo activities, including marketing and branding, education, and exhibit floor operations.
You must be a motivated, energetic leader ready to motivate and inspire interaction using STEM-based, hands-on, engaging educational components in an energetic and passionate manner. This is a great opportunity for a self-driven, high-energy person to grow a very unique and exciting organization. Email cover letter and resume to

Equal Opportunity Employer.
Status: Exempt

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all of the Education activities of the Air Zoo;
  • Develops, implements, and manages the Air Zoo's Education plan, and ensures that all Education activities are aligned to the goals and objectives of the plan as well as the Air Zoo's overall strategic plan;
  • Develops and tracks the Education Department's annual budget in partnership with the Air Zoo's CEO and Director of Finance;
  • Supervises all employees within the Education Department. Supervision activities include regular performance reviews, monitoring hours worked/time off, training and scheduling all staff and volunteers, ensuring success in all activities/duties performed, and always maximizing individual and team effectiveness; Cultivates and fosters relationships with school administrators and educators from throughout the region (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois); Leads the development, implementation, and delivery of public education programs at the Air Zoo and in community, including but not limited to:

    o Summer Camps
    o Scout Programs
    o School Field Trip Experiences
    o Community Outreach Programs
    o Public Workshops and Science Shows
    o Camp-ins

  • Ensures alignment of all educational activities with state and other accepted standards in science, math, and history;
  • Verifies programs meet specific school requirements, target a specific partner's need, and/or allow open and effective access to the general public;
  • Develops and executes program evaluations for all educational activities, ensuring relevance of program content, impact on audiences, effective delivery, and cost efficiency;
  • Formulates and delivers an education needs assessment, designed to ensure that the Air Zoo's educational offerings are consistently meeting and exceeding the needs of our community;
  • Fosters strong working relationships with other educational organizations, non-profits, and employers within the Air Zoo's service area;
  • Assists with/leads (as appropriate) the execution of special events such as the Science Innovation Hall of Fame and the Corporate Engineering Challenge;
  • Oversees the quality and effectiveness of the KRESA Education For Employment Aviation Technology program, assisting the instructor with budget, curriculum, and student concerns;
  • Works with the Marketing Manager to design, develop, and deliver marketing assets for all educational activities;
  • Works with Exhibit staff to execute an effective educational component for all exhibits within the Air Zoo;
  • Works with Advancement staff to provide all relevant information/support for all development activities, including grant proposals, sponsorship requests, and other funding requests. Additionally, ensures that, for all educational components linked to that request, expectations are met efficiently and effectively on every funded project;
  • Works with the Guest Experience team to ensure effective processes for all educational activities from initial reservations through program execution and follow-up;
  • Identifies opportunities for new programs, new funding streams, new partners, and new guests throughout the community;
  • Attends all appropriate internal staff meetings;
  • Ensures communications to Air Zoo staff and volunteers regarding all educational programs is always targeted, timely, and effective;
  • Represents the Air Zoo in the media regarding educational programs, including delivering fun, hands-on activities on television to a broad audience;
  • Remains current on latest effective trends in hands-on, inquiry based STEM education through external peer relationships, professional societies, secondary research, and/or conferences;
  • Works with an internal/external Education Committee, soliciting ideas from the Committee on all facets of hands-on, inquiry-based education and recruiting help in executing those ideas; and
  • Provides a remarkable experience for every guest of the Air Zoo with every action and every interaction.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience successfully developing and delivering education programs.
  • Experience working with Senior-level executives within an organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with the ability to engage, inspire, and influence a broad array of community leaders.
  • Inspiring, motivating, "can do" attitude with a passion for positively impacting community through hands-on, inquiry-based education.
  • Driving work ethic with consistently high level of initiative in all work to be performed.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and nurture partnerships to the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • Strong working knowledge of database applications and accompanying computer skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and seamlessly turn strategy into action.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and educate diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing and delivering original STEM-education programs that align with Department of Education requirements.
  • Experience working with children.
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEAM-related field or Education preferred. Understanding of nonprofit environment, particularly with an education focus, is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule of evenings, weekends, and overnights as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with staff, volunteers and public.
  • Ability to effectively solve problems.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Ability to interact with the public in a positive and enthusiastic manner.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to foster effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Full understanding of customer service philosophy and procedures.
  • Ability to engage visitors with entertaining and intriguing programs.
  • Must have strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to undertake multiple concurrent tasks and work in an environment where interruptions are common.
  • Must have superior presentation skills for all audiences.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.
  • Position requires limited local and regional travel.
  • Must be able to lift and move heavy containers and boxes.
  • Must be able to reach overhead.
  • Must be flexible with the ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Well groomed appearance and compliance with the dress and personal appearance policies.
  • Professional work and punctuality habits.
  • Ability to work with a widely diverse group of individuals.
  • Demonstrate experience coordinating community resources.
  • Expert working knowledge of MS Office and database programs.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to meet minimum driving requirements.

Part-Time Postions

Part-Time Science Educator

Supervisor: Education Manager

Position Summary:
Energetic, dependable individuals who like working with people and inspiring others to learn about science. Good public speaking, organizational, and customer service skills required. The part-time educator is responsible for delivering exciting, high-quality educational programs to schools, families, and adult groups. This position offers a unique opportunity to practice a wide range of skills; lead innovative, interdisciplinary activities; and connect people of all ages to the STEAM disciplines. Educator is instrumental in strengthening visitors' awareness and appreciation of the Air Zoo. This is a part-time, hourly, non-exempt position. Scheduling is flexible with select weekdays, evening, overnight, and weekend work required. Email cover letter and resume to

Job Responsibilities:

  • Deliver educational programs including school, after-school and outreach programs, summer and holiday camps for families and children, camp-in overnight programs, birthday parties, special event programs and scout badge programs.
  • Learn the activity you will be teaching and be able to answer questions about the topic (training provided)
  • Set-up classroom and teach educational activities
  • Maintain control of the classroom and students
  • Actively engage the audience
  • Follow the established schedule for the daily events
  • Clean classrooms after each program (put away supplies, wash equipment and tables, sweep floors if needed)
  • Must be able to carry totes with materials (up to 40 pounds) from place to place
  • Deliver exhibit floor education and participate in program development and evaluation as required
  • Participate in educational and promotional outreach events
  • Make safety a priority

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • High School Graduate or Equivalent. Some college-level education preferred with an emphasis in Education or Science-related field. Certification and experience teaching in classroom and informal museum settings helpful
  • Creative, motivated, and enthusiastic; excellent public presentation skills
  • Reliable and punctual; able to multi-task and manage time effectively
  • Able to work independently and as part of a close team
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills; strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to travel to offsite locations
  • Computer proficient (Microsoft Office and Outlook)

Aviation Exploration Instructor - POSITION FILLED.

Thank you for your interest, please continue to check this page for additional opportunities.

Part-time Ride Operators needed immediately

Do you have great customer service skills? If so, the Air Zoo is looking for YOU! We're looking to immediately interview responsible and reliable candidates for Ride Operator positions. The ideal candidate is 18 years or older, available to work both weekends and weekdays, enjoy working with the public, and possesses a fun and positive attitude. If you fit this description, we want to hear from you! To apply, click HERE. to download an application. We look forward to meeting you! Applicants MUST be able to work weekends and MUST be at least 18 years of age. All qualified candidates MUST pass a drug test.
Experience working with the public preferred but not required.

Public Programming Staff

Assist with Overnight Programs, Birthday Parties,and various Air Zoo events,
MUST be available to work most weekends
Experience working with children a plus. To apply, click HERE.

Please check back for future job openings.


  • Collections Assistant (Intern) - Acquires, prepares and catalogs new materials and artifacts. Maintains database of collection contents/artifacts, and oversees the storage and handling of the collection.
  • Events Specialist (Intern) - Assists Events team with: event planning, meetings and phone calls with customers, data entry of event information, set up for special events.
  • Aircraft Restoration and Maintenance Intern: Ensures that museum aircraft remain in top condition for the public's enjoyment. Participates in aircraft restoration and maintenance activities.

For more information, contact Tamra Stafford via email by clicking HERE, or by phone via 269.350.2815.


We are always looking for volunteers! If you'd like to volunteer for the Air Zoo, please check out our volunteer page.

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