Job Opportunity: Summer Camp Instructor – Woodland Park Zoo/Zoo U

Woodland Park Zoo LogoTitle  Summer Camp Instructor for Zoo U
Category Education
Reports To Associate Director, Education Business & Operations
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt
Pay Rate $13.13 per hour
Full-Time/Part-Time Temporary
About the Organization Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Summer Camp Instructor for Zoo University (Zoo U) in the Child & Family Programs department. There are multiple part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions to be filled at this time.

Zoo U Camp instructors utilize two pre-determined curricula to teach, zoology, biology and environmental education concepts and connect children with nature. Instructors are part of a dynamic team including instructors, assistants and volunteers. Instructors are responsible for educating and instructing children in order to promote awareness, respect and caring for wildlife and conservation. Each week Instructors lead a team in teaching 12-14 children ages 10-14 years old.

The ability to work all dates and times listed below is required for this position:
June 11 and June 18, 2016 – Weekend required trainings (full-day)
June 20-September 2, 2016: Mon-Fri, 35-40 hours per week (No camp July 4)

Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to program participants, on and/or off zoo grounds.


  • Present engaging programs and experiences utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action.
  • Lead safe and educational experiences for participants involving hands-on, inquiry-based activities and/or research projects in a variety of field conditions, on and/or off zoo grounds depending on position.
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages.
  • Organize rooms, props and materials for programs; maintain prop, material and supply inventories
  • Mentor interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision.
  • Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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.

  • Ability to present creative, mission-driven programming.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.
  • Must possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation.
  • Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to drive an electric cart.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.

A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in natural science or environmental education presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all age levels.

For more information, see the full job posting.


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