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Program Manager, Zoo Camps
Conservation Society of California

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Program Manager, Zoo Camps

Conservation Society of California

Job Summary

Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 15 days ago
Job Role
Education Manager
Employer's Industry
Job Schedule
Evenings, Afternoons, Mornings, Weekends, Weekdays

Job Description

 Summary/Objective  The Program Manager of ZooCamps (ZC) develops and manages all aspects of Oakland Zoo Summer (about 50 days), Thanksgiving (3 days), Winter Break (10 days), and Spring Break (10 days) ZooCamp programs at Oakland Zoo. This position recruits, supervises and trains ZooCamp staff, instructors and interns (usually about 40 individuals) in best practices for providing outdoor education and ZooCamp experiences, interpretation and program delivery, and educates camp staff and campers about conservation issues related to the year’s featured ZooCamp animal and conservation partner. The position oversees all registration, scholarship, and budget planning related to the year-round zoo camp program and assumes a very strong leadership presence within the Education Department and is responsible to support the Vice President of Education and other Education Program Managers in communicating and building support for the Education Department mission, vision and STEAM pedagogy. They also contribute to departmental strategic planning, design and implementation of program-specific curricular goals and presentation of programs to visitors and external audiences. The Program Manager of ZC usually oversees 2-3 direct reports among the Education Specialists, as well as closely supervising the Assistant Program Manager of ZC and the Program Assistant of ZC. This position is approximately 20%-30% teaching and duties vary depending on the season.    

 Essential Job Duties  · Directly supervise ZooCamp Instructors and Interns. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with CSC Oakland Zoo policies, applicable laws, and relevant labor laws. · Recruit, train and supervise hourly staff of 10-15 individuals, including instructors and interns. · Manage and adapt staffing and teen assistant schedules according to needs.    · Create a master schedule for camp classes, including but not limited to: animal close-ups, song session, morning assembly, all camp games, behind the scenes, lunches and breaks. · Serve as the point person for conflict resolution and resolving behavioral issues with campers. · Guide instructors in curriculum development and oversee implementation. · Work with instructors to resolve performance issues. · Complete midseason performance evaluation of seasonal staff and end of season summative evaluation.  · Maintain open & clear communication, including leading one staff meeting per week of camp. · Work with Vice President of Education and other Program Managers in Education to set Zoo Camp vision, goals and objectives that support the mission of CSC and the Education Department.  · Evaluate overall program strengths and weaknesses and adapt program accordingly. · Ensure professional and safe operation of the overall program as well as the safety of the campers. · Build and maintain a good rapport with ZooCamp parents, including managing all communications, addressing concerns in a timely fashion and post program evaluation. · Work with other departments within the zoo – Marketing, Grounds, Security, Janitorial, Animal Care and Conservation to ensure ZC program success · Supervise camper registration, transfers and cancellation policies    


Ancillary Job Duties  · Other duties as assigned  Supervisory Responsibility  · All Zoo Camp Staff and volunteers (10-15 staff)  


Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.   

  • A Bachelor's degree in Education, Life Sciences or a related field from an accredited college or university is required.      
  • Hours toward, or Master’s Degree in related area highly preferred (or equivalent experience)
  • A minimum of 3 years managing a day camp, summer camp, after school or equivalent program for children.
  • 8 Hours of continuing education/training per year required. May be provided by OZ.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.  · Must be extremely well-organized. · Excellent time management skills.  

  • Prepare and deliver/teach all Education programming (PreK – 12) in an informative, safe, engaging, and high-quality manner. Programs include, but are not limited to: Birthday Parties, ZooMobiles, ZooSchool, Wildlife Assemblies,  Scout Badge Workshops, festivals and family events, field biology classes  and workshops, both on-site, at the Zoo and off-site, digital/ virtual programs through videoconference.
  • Follow animal protocols and maintain Animal Handling certifications as needed.
  • Maintain positive attitude and collaborative working relationships with volunteers, co-workers, program participants, and internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrate superior customer service with vendors, visitors, students, parents, etc.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and support the Conservation Society of California’s mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior. 
  • Actively pursue expanded and new partnerships with formal and informal      science/conservation organizations, museums, community organizations and      groups, etc.
  • Contribute to writing proposals for new work and funding.
  • Strategic program and curriculum development.
  • Market Education Department programs and events across multiple media.
  • Manage and help develop program budgets.
  • Supervise direct reports (Assistant Program Manager of ZC; Education Coordinators; Assistants; Education Specialists; ZC teachers and interns) including performance evaluations as needed. 
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.   

  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors and in variable weather conditions.

Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.   

  • Ability to walk and navigate the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

TO APPLY: Email your resume and cover letter 

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the job title Program Manager of Zoo Camps in the subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.   

You may also download an application by going to our website (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).   

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.   

Please, no phone calls! We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application   

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open untilled filled   

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Zoo reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.  

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 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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