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Conservation Society of California dba Oakland Zoo
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Job Posted
12 days ago
$14-18 per hour
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Job Description

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. Prior experience working with elementary school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is especially desirable. For summer 2019, we have eight open positions working with our campers in grades Pre-K-5th.

DATES: Mandatory planning/training June 3-7, camp runs June 10 through August 16, 2019. (No camp July 4th or 5th)

HOURS: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday – Friday. This is a day camp program without overnight activities.

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


  1. Teach a small group of campers grades Pre-K-5th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-15 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to animals and nature through science projects, art, games, exploration, and observation.
  3. Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology (based on the given themes).
  4. Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.
  5. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children
  6. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols


  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 required
  3. Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  4. Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to young children
  5. Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of children
  6. Ability to guide and direct high school volunteers
  7. Ability to maintain a safe environment
  8. Excellent communication skills
  9. Excellent organizational skills
  10. Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  11. Ability to work as part of a team
  12. Dependability and promptness
  13. Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
  14. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  15. Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment
  16. 1st Aid/CPR certified preferred

TO APPLY: Email your resume and cover letter to and cc: Please be sure to use "ZooCamp Instructor Application" in your subject line! (Failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party.) Deadline: March 15, 2019.

Please, no phone calls. Due to the heavy volume of applicants, we apologize but only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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