Each month a Zoo staff member is selected as Employee of the Month. The individual selected has gone above and beyond their job description and embodies the core values of Zoo. He or she leads with animal welfare, obsesses over service, works smart with heart, and ultimately leaves the world a better place.
Sam Curtis is a fan favorite at the Sacramento Zoo. As an Education Specialist in the Interpretive Center, Sam works with the Animal Ambassadors. He takes the ambassadors out to schools, supervises animal encounters, is a star in the Wildlife Stage Show and can often be seen representing the Zoo during media interviews.
While Sam is great at his job and a hard worker, recently he went above and beyond his job description when helping a coworker in need. When eating lunch with a Sam stayed calm and acted quickly to help a coworker who was choking on her lunch. He used his first aid training to help her dislodge the food and then just as calmly as he had helped, he went back to reading his book.
In any given situation, you want a team member who can react quickly in an emergency, whether animal or human. And that is what Sam did.
Here at the Zoo, we’ve installed our Core Values for all to embrace, and the real core of this organization is its people. People like Sam. People who make a difference because of their compassion, modesty, intellect, hard work, or sometimes, because they are a hero.
Sam began his career at the Zoo as a volunteer. He quickly found his way as a part-time employee in the Zoo’s Interpretive Center while working toward his B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation. After receiving his degree Sam transitioned into a full-time employee. He loves insects and fish.
So, here’s to our very own hero and his ability to make this world a better place by the life he saved. Thank you, Sam, for being in the right place at the right time. There can never be enough appreciation or recognition for that.