Summer Camp Instructor, Seasonal - $16 per hour
The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to join our summer camp team. Our day camp, Camp Nyika, will be held at the Safari West 400-acre wildlife preserve in the Mayacamas Mountains in Santa Rosa in June and July 2020.
The primary responsibility of summer camp counselors is to lead daily camp activities and educational activities over the daily four-hour camp window. Counselors will work with certified and trained naturalists to offer a robust, hands-on learning experience for youth.
This position is both a physical and intellectual job and requires the ability to work in all types of weather, safely navigating dirt trails, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
In addition to being responsible for camper safety, summer camp instructors are responsible for engaging campers in educational lessons modeled after naturalist safari guiding, identifying species and their greater ecological role in conservation.
With daily changing weather and animal conditions, summer camp instructors are expected to be flexible with changing priorities and be a willing and collaborative team member.
There are two positions available.
Desired Position Requirements
• Public speaking experience
• Interpretation and/or Teaching Experience
• Working Knowledge of wildlife/biology/naturalism
• Working knowledge of guest hospitality
• Willingness to work in all weather conditions
• Must live within forty-five miles of Safari West
• Education equivalent to A.A. or Bachelor’s degree with major work in interpretation, social sciences, natural sciences, communications, or closely related fields.
• Experience or exposure to of year of research and development of natural resource interpretive programs.
• Prior outdoor recreation camp experience.
Please email Resume and Cover Letter
Safari West Wildlife Preserve
3115 Porter Creek Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Hired candidates can expect to be trained as a core camp staff group through the last two working weeks of May. During this time, the group will learn the camp curriculum, expectations, and extensive safety procedures necessary to smoothly operate camp and care for the youth.
Camp Nyika is officially scheduled to operate for nine weeks, Monday through Friday, during the summer of 2020.
Karibu Rafiki or Welcome Friend! Beyond a wildlife preserve and far more than any drive-through park, Safari West is a place like no other. The African and other animals set Safari West apart from other camps.
Nestled in the hills of Sonoma County, this 400-acre wildlife preserve is home to over 1000 animals representing the biodiversity of Africa and beyond. Hands-on learning about animal conservation and welfare, with a unique opportunity to be close to nature.
Safari West was born in the late 1980’s when a man by the name of Peter Lang purchased 400 rolling acres in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. Relocating his small but growing collection of exotic wildlife, Peter quickly converted the former cattle ranch into a world class conservation breeding facility.
As Peter set to work establishing captive breeding programs for the varied and often critically endangered species in his collection he worked closely with local zoological facilities, including, of course, the San Francisco Zoo. It was there that he met lead curator, raptor-specialist, and his future wife, Nancy Lang. Combining their unique skill-sets, the pair set about turning this vast swath of oak woodland into the world class wildlife preserve it is today.