Zoologist / Zoology Teacher

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A member of the Zoology & Aquarium Studies Program, the Zoology teacher is responsible for facilitating learning experiences for students focused around studying animals in both a laboratory and natural environment. Additionally, helping students discover the science behind species, their habitat, environments, and interactions. Finally, exposing and involving students in conservation work.

Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U.

U Prep Perks:

  • Small class sizes
  • $4,000 longevity salary increase after three years for all teachers
  • Attendance and Core Value Bonuses
  • 50% - 80% tuition paid for masters through GVSU
  • 401k 6% dollar for dollar match after first year of employment

About U Prep Schools:  

If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U. Our mission: to give students the courage to pursue a future full of possibilities. Our students come to our network of schools looking for a rewarding and fulfilling education. Comprised of three public charter school districts; University Preparatory Academy,  University Prep Science and Math and Henry Ford Academies; we educate over 3,300 students in the burgeoning city of Detroit. Help us to prepare our students for success in life and be a part of U.

Desired Competencies:

• Knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

• Mission-driven, connecting the overall teaching strategy to the goals of U Prep Schools

• Ability to nurture and sustain high-quality teaching

• Experience in building positive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents

• Ability to make decisions in a strategic way balancing building strong relationships and maintaining high academic rigor

• Courage to make decisions in support of academic and cultural goals while maintaining a steady pulse of team and school goals

• Meticulous organization and use of time

• Excellent written and oral communication skills


• Bachelors’ degree or higher

• Must have and maintain valid Michigan teaching certificate or a bachelors degree in the content area or willing to obtain a teaching certificate

• Must meet highly qualified criteria in content area taught, which includes certificate endorsement in the appropriate area(s)

• Desire to teach in an urban environment

Role Responsibilities

  • Planning and Preparation

    • Prepare and facilitate standards-aligned lessons and activities that require students to demonstrate mastery of concepts through employing scientific practices, displaying conceptual proficiency and making connections across multiple science disciplines.

  • Classroom Environment

    • Develop a classroom environment that is culturally responsive, adjusting to students needs. Learning experience ought to speak to the needs of each students learning modality with steadfast intention and awareness of equity, academic and, social-emotional growth.

  • Professional Responsibilities

    • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

    • Maintain open communication with Detroit Zoo and other partners.

  • Instruction

  • Employee key instructional strategies such as making student thinking visual, providing space for collaboration, notebooking, providing students opportunities to engage in and use data collected from investigations as evidence for arguments, and constructing and using models to communicate scientific concepts.

  • Provide learning experiences where students make sense of naturally occurring phenomena to explain the animal behavior, ecology and the interactions of natural systems.

  • Provide students with course-related experiences, such as fieldwork excursions in the Metro Detroit Area and using real-world science content in the classroom to make sense of the natural world.

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, group projects, fieldwork, capstone projects, assignments, and papers.

  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

  • Supervise students' capstone projects and fieldwork experiences

  • Generate, administer, and grade performance assessments.

  • Assist students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.

  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and learning

  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and fieldwork equipment.

  • Manage and organize students internship application process


  • Education and Certification

  • 4-year BS or BA in Biology focused on Zoology or Biology with Zoology minor (preferably a Master’s Degree in Biology or Zoology).

  • DX, DI or DA all Acceptable Endorsements

  • Experience  

  • 1-5 years or more research experience with studying animal behavior, observing them in the laboratory and in their natural habitat.

  • Skills

    • Ability to distill essential findings from analysis, determine root causes, and suggest ways to improve current practices

    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written

    • Strong leadership skills

  • Demonstrates U Prep’s Core Values (Stay as is)

    • We work well by ourselves and teams

    • We care about people

    • Our actions have a purpose

    • We think big and do

    • Learning is exciting


Compensation for this position depends on prior experience and is competitive.  


  • Medical coverage

  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching

  • Eight sick and four personal days

  • Year-round staff earn vacation days

  • Performance & Core Value bonuses

  • Career development

  • Masters program tuition scholarships of 50% or 80% through GVSU

Detroit 9090 is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. All employment decisions with Detroit 9090 are based on district needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

Location: High School Instruction in Detroit, MI
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