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Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo

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Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo

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12 days ago
$14-18 per hour
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ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for young children and animals, and is a self-starter.

DATES: Mandatory planning/training June 3-7, with additional hours of animal handling in the weeks prior. Camp runs June 10 through August 16, 2019. (No camp July 4th or 5th)

HOURS: Morning Camp Assistant hours are 7:45 am – 1:15 pm, Monday – Friday

Afternoon Camp Assistant hours are 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

SALARY: $14.00 - $18.00/hour, depending on experience, no benefits


  1. Lead animal close-ups for various age groups. You will be trained to handle small animals and give information about them, and facilitate children touching the animals.
  2. Lead ZooCamp games (ex/ freeze dance, earth ball play, parachute play)
  3. Adapt games and animal close ups for age groups and themed curriculum
  4. Supervise campers during before or after care, checking in/out with parents
  5. Supervise campers during lunch recess and other teacher breaks
  6. Assist with preparing ZooCamp materials
  7. Assist with camper arrivals and departures
  8. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas and assisting others
  9. Other duties as directed


  1. Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desirable, high school diploma required.)
  2. Experience working with children in an educational setting preferred
  3. Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  4. Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to young children
  5. Ability to maintain a safe environment
  6. Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
  7. Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  8. Ability to work as part of a team
  9. Dependability and promptness
  10. Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time and lift 50 pounds
  11. 1st Aid/CPR certified preferred

TO APPLY: Email your resume and cover letter to and cc: . Deadline: March 15th 

About Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo

 Oakland Zoo was founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow. In 1936, Henry's son, Sidney, established the nonprofit organization East Bay Zoological Society, which was originally known as the Alameda County Botanical and Zoological Society. The East Bay Zoological Society operated and managed the Zoo for the City of Oakland from 1982 until August 2017, when it was renamed the Conservation Society of California to better reflect the Zoo’s evolving purpose and mission in its commitment to conservation. 

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