Camp Counselor

Under the direction of the Coordinator of Conservation Education Programs, Camp Counselors facilitate summer camp programs June through August. Counselors will work together and with volunteers to ensure a high quality and safe experience for campers at all times.  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, facilitating experiences with live animals, implementing games and activities and ensuring that objectives for camps are met. 

Essential Job Functions:
  1. Within a provided framework, implement high energy, cognitively appropriate and non-discriminatory lesson plans developed by Zoo staff that engages campers in the Zoo’s mission and conservation programs.
  2. Ensure the safety and well-being of campers and volunteers at all times, alert lead counselor or camp managers if issues arise.
  3. Create a safe and rewarding program for every camper. Implement an effective educational experience which demonstrates consistent conservation messages.
  4. Possess knowledge of all exhibit policies, 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.
  7. Facilitate experiences between campers and live animals from the Zoo’s collection.   Uphold the highest standards of safety and care at all times.
  8. Adhere to a strict time schedule for campers to ensure that everyone receives a high quality experience and participates fully in the camp curriculum.
Non-Essential Job Functions:
  1. Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Ability Requirements:
  1. A bachelor’s degree (or working towards) in natural sciences, education, theater or communications and 1+ years working in a camp setting.
  2. Demonstrated organizational skills necessary to follow a time schedule keep accurate records and follow institutional policies.
  3. Excellent presentation skills with the ability to adapt to audiences of different ages and sizes.
  4. Must work accurately and cheerfully under pressure.
  5. Required to learn and incorporate detailed information about the Zoo’s animal collection and exhibits.
  6. Excellent customer service skills and teamwork, communicating effectively with visitors, supervisors and co-workers.
  7. Professional appearance and manner.
  8. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  9. Camp Counselors must be available to work Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:30pm from June 2 - August 29.  Actual shift times will vary slightly, depending on before and after camp assignments and counselors should expect to work at least 8 hours each day.  Two open house sessions will be held on weekday evenings in the spring, dates are TBD.
Physical and Medical Requirements:
  1. No allergies to plants or animals, which may interfere with ability to work.
  2. 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. 
If you are interested in this position, please fill out our online application.