Camp Counselor

Under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Education Programs, seasonal Camp Counselors facilitate summer camp programs June-August. Counselors will take an active role in all camp activities and interact with children ages 4 to 13, volunteers, staff and Zoo guests. Counselors will perform camp-related duties such as implementing educational lessons, ensuring the safety of campers during behind the scenes animal encounters, keeping campers engaged with related age-appropriate games and activities, formal and informal interactions with campers and Zoo guests, educational interpretation of the animal collection, staffing before and after-care programs, and assisting with logistics.
Educators are the ambassadors of the Zoo’s mission: “Connecting people with wildlife through joyful discovery and inspiring action for animals and habitats.” Candidates should be available June 1 - September 4, 2015.
 
Essential Job Functions
 
1.      Within a provided framework, implement high energy, cognitively appropriate and non-discriminatory lesson plans developed by Zoo staff which aligns with the Zoo’s mission and Integrated Conservation Strategy.
2.      Provide an enhanced camper experience through positive interactions with the campers and implementing teambuilding activities within the camp.
3.      Create a safe, wholesome and rewarding program for every camper. Implement an effective educational experience which demonstrates consistent conservation messages.
4.      Possess knowledge of all exhibit policies, camper safety procedures and animal safety issues.   
5.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Zoo’s animal collection and specific knowledge of Zoo grounds.
6.      Consistently demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, camp participants, staff and volunteers.
 
Non-Essential Job Functions

1.      Performs other duties as assigned.
 
Knowledge and Ability Requirements
 
1.      Working towards or holds a degree in Education, Special Education,  Social Work, Recreation, Environmental Science, or related field.
2.      Past experience working with children is essential.
3.      Ability to work accurately and problem-solve while remaining calm under stressful conditions, including emergency situations.
4.      Ability to learn detailed information about the Zoo’s animal collection and exhibits. 
5.      Excellent customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with visitors, supervisors and co-workers.
6.      Professional appearance, manners and communications.
7.      Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
8.      Ability to receive feedback as a growth opportunity and make appropriate changes as necessary.
9.      Excellent presentation skills and the ability to provide engaging demonstrations to camp audiences of different ages and sizes.
10.  Ability to provide age appropriate supervision, instruction, group management and positive discipline in all settings and activities,
11.  Ability to adapt to changes in schedule and daily assigned responsibilities.
12.  Ability to work well with a large and diverse team of campers, volunteers, and staff.
13.  Ability and willingness to perform all assigned duties in close proximity of an array of animals including mammals, reptiles, birds and invertebrates. No fear of animals which may interfere with ability to work or ensure the safety of campers.
14.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Physical and Medical Requirements
 
1.      Ability to maintain alertness for long periods of time in all weather conditions. 
2.      Ability to bend, stoop, lift heavy objects and stand for long periods of time.
3.      No allergies to plants or animals, which may interfere with ability to work.
4.      No impairments of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance, or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) which would interfere with ability to work.

Additional Requirements
 
1.      Successful completion of post-offer criminal background and child abuse checks.
 
Working Conditions
 
1.      Ability to work outside in all weather conditions.
 
Please apply online.