Temporary Education Specialist

Oakland, California, United States | Community Engagement & Education | Part-time


Come join Fairyland as our Temporary Education Specialist for a chance to grow your skills in teaching, lesson planning, and community building.  We are looking for an energetic candidate who wants to share their love for teaching and working with children to creating positive mindsets towards themselves and our community.

The Temporary Education Specialist will be supporting Fairyland’s Flora & Fauna program, which is designed to bring out a child’s inner naturalist. It engages children with nature through guided inquiry grounded in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and includes online video episodes, lesson plans, and in-person experiences in our gardens. K-3nd grade classes explore plants and animals through hands-on activities, storytelling and play! This temporary role runs from September through December.

COVID-19 Update:  In an effort to keep our visitors, staff, volunteers, and communities safe, Fairyland has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. In accordance with state and federal laws, Fairyland will consider all qualified applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation from our vaccination policy based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • 1-3 years of experience working with children TK-5th grade program
  • Hands-on experience with field trip groups
  • Teaching background with some experience with ECE 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English encouraged to apply 
  • Flexible and adaptable to constantly changing and/or challenging situations including weather, crowd size, staff shortages, occasionally having to work past scheduled hours
  • Possess a clear background history with no barriers to working with children

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse stakeholders
  • Professional maturity to manage composure during stressful interactions
  • Energetic, diplomatic, adaptable and with a good sense of humor.
  • Passionate about the mission, vision, and goals of Fairyland and possess an understanding of how this position contributes to the organization’s success.
  • Strong work ethic with an orientation toward process improvement.
  • Impeccable integrity and honesty

Physical Requirements

This position is primarily located in an outdoor environment.  Able to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Stand, sit, kneel, walk, bend, and perform repetitive motions for the duration of an eight (8) hour shift
  • Traverse safely over uneven terrain throughout the entirety of the 10-acre amusement park
  • Safely lift and transport items of up to 50 lbs.
  • Respond quickly to sounds
  • See and respond quickly to situations
  • Communicate in clear, loud voice
  • Operate two-radio for communications with park personnel
  • Work in outdoor, seasonal weather conditions for 100% of shift
  • Ability to work on weekends and holidays
  • Proven track record of punctuality and attendance
  • Current COVID-19 Requirements
    • Ability to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to start of employment;
    • Ability to wear and maintaining a face mask for the duration of the scheduled shift;

Benefits & Compensation

This is a temporary part-time, non-exempt position scheduled one day per week for six (6) hours a day on Fridays. The non-negotiable starting rate of pay is $20.00 per hour.  Part-time benefits include:

  • Paid Sick Leave accrues on day 1 and available for use after thirty (30) days
  • Eligible to participate in 401k on date of hire
  • Employee Assistance Program on date of hire
  • Employee discounts: Discounts on merchandise in the park’s gift shop and a 20% discount at our Café.
  • Fairyland parking pass

How to join Team Fairyland

To apply for a position with Fairyland, please complete the application here. Due to the size of our operations, we are unable to take phone inquiries about positions.

Note:  Children's Fairyland does not have the resources to sponsor visas, nor any open positions eligible for the H-1B program.

Children's Fairyland fully and actively supports equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Our commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We see candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, community building, and meaningful connection with a broad range of people and institutions.

About Fairyland

Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s travel section on unique places to visit in Oakland and touted by BuzzFeed as “The Most Amazing Place to take Kids” in California, Children’s Fairyland is the first storybook theme park in America! In 1950, a group of visionary Oaklanders partnered with the city’s park superintendent and garnered support from enthusiastic citizens to build the outdoor 10-acre theme park on the shores of Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland. Visited by Walt Disney as he was conceptualizing Disneyland, Fairyland has inspired many other fairytale-themed parks across the United States. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy Fairyland’s many activities and programs annually, and through our outreach program, free or reduced admission is offered to over 16,000 children and families every year. Fairyland operates 362 of 365 days a year, weather permitting.