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Zoo Camp Coordinator-Summer 2020-Temporary Full-Time
San Francisco Zoo

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Zoo Camp Coordinator-Summer 2020-Temporary Full-Time
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Job Summary

$19.00 per hour
Job Type
Full-time, Temporary
Job Last Posted
Job posted 19 days ago
Job Role
Camp Counselor, Early Education
Employer's Industry
Job Schedule
Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

 The San Francisco Zoological Society (“Society”) is a non-profit institution that manages and raises funds for San Francisco Zoo and Gardens (“Zoo”). The Society’s mission, supra, is summarized as the 3 c’s: to connect our visitors with wildlife so that they care about nature and ultimately conserve it. The Society’s leadership team is comprised of a President & Executive Director as well as a professional team of Senior Managers. The Society endeavors to meet or exceed the standards of its industry peers, including those established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (“AZA”). For over 25 years, the Society has been continuously accredited by the AZA. 

SUMMARY: The candidate in this position will support the mission of the San Francisco Zoo by inspiring our youngest guests to connect, care and conserve through the popular summer Zoo Camp program. Zoo Camp is a daytime program that reaches approximately 2,000 children ages 4-17. The primary responsibility of the Zoo Camp Coordinator is to assist with day-to-day camp operations and provide overall support of the program. An ideal candidate is creative, enthusiastic, hardworking and has a strong interest in environmental education and working with children.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as needed. 1. Works with the Education & Engagement Manager to oversee summer Zoo Camp program. 2. Provides administrative support including camp group assignments, developing reports, processing refunds and transfers, sending confirmation details, etc. 3. Communicates effectively with members of the Education Department staff, as well as members of other Zoo departments. This will include both time-sensitive and secure communications. 4. Builds and maintains a professional rapport with Zoo Camp parents, includes communication via phone/email/camp blog.  5. Ensures the safety of campers and staff while participating in Zoo Camp; including responding to emergency situations and administering first aid. Responsibilities also include overseeing the drop-off and pick-up process to ensure a smooth, safe and efficient experience for all Zoo Camp participants. 6. Assists with the supervision of teen volunteers including: behavioral management and support, daily database record keeping, and regular correspondence with volunteers and teen support staff.  7. Enforces Zoo Camp policies with campers, volunteers, staff & parents. 8. Monitors and maintains inventory of Zoo Camp supplies.  9. Interacts with Zoo guests courteously and offers proper attention at all times. 10. Acts as an alternate instructor, as needed. 11. Other duties as assigned. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  COMMITMENT: · Must be available to work full-time, Monday through Friday, for the entire camp season from June to mid-August and part-time for training starting in May. EDUCATION:  

  • Bachelor’s degree with a background in education, biology, zoology, environmental studies, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


  • 2+ years of paid experience with children in a formal or informal educational setting. 
  • Experience working with teens.

· Ability to work well collaboratively and manage time efficiently.  

  • Highly motivated, innovative, organized and proactive.
  • Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting.  


  • The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply. 
  • Teaching credential is a plus.
  • Experience with children with special needs a plus.
  • First Aid and CPR certification. 
  • Ability to function in potentially high-stress situations. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to bend, squat, talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and use hands for grasping, fine work and assembly, reaching, kneeling, or twisting. The employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands to push/pull, crawl, taste, or smell. The employee must frequently lift up to 25 pounds.  

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often exposed to outdoor weather conditions. 

Salary: $19.00/hour 

Note: The Zoo Camp Coordinator is expected to work all assigned weeks unless specific days off are approved by the Education & Engagement Manager to employment. 

Summer Zoo Camp will run Monday - Friday from June 8th through August 14th, 2020. Coordinator training will take place on a part-time basis in May (start date TBD, based on applicant’s schedule). Mandatory all-staff training will take place the week of June 1st.  APPLICATION: Please apply via our website at . 

Please attach a cover letter with your resume.  

Business Overview

Our Story

Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants.

The majestic Leanne Roberts African Region and the Valentine Family Savanna offer a multi-species landscape with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, storks, and more. At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, visitors can get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona. Lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country. Penguin Island is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild. The Zoo’s troop of gorillas lives in the lush Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Farm animals for feeding and petting can be found in the popular Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train are treasured by generations of visitors. And the $3.2 million Elinor Friend Playground re-opened to the public in fall 2013. The SF Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including fun rides, educational programs and exciting events for children of all ages. The SF Zoo is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Team Size

101+ team members


Culture & Perks

Commuter Benefits
Health Benefits
Paid Time Off
Casual Dress
Parking Provided
Community Oriented
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