SUMMARY: This is a position for creative, enthusiastic, hardworking individuals with a strong interest in environmental education and working with children. You will inspire wonder, knowledge and action while guiding teachers, assistants, and volunteers as they instruct children ages 4-14.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. 1. Assists the Program Manager and Zoo Camp Lead with daily activities during camp hours. 2. Assists with the training of new and returning Zoo Camp staff. 3. Orders and obtains supplies used for the Zoo Camp program. 4. Updates daily blog with photos and descriptions. This will include writing, photography & design work in WordPress. 5. Provides support and supervision during the camp day. 6. Fills in for Zoo Camp staff as needed. 7. Builds and maintains a good rapport with Zoo Camp parents. This includes daily communication; making phone calls, assisting with e-mails & fielding feedback. 8. Enforces Zoo Camp policies with campers, volunteers, staff & parents in a safe, firm and respectful manner. 9. Provides administrative support including creating schedules, camp group assignments, developing reports, etc. 10. Assists with supervision of Zoo Teaching Assistant volunteers including: behavioral management, daily record keeping in the volunteer database, and regular correspondence with volunteers and parents/guardians. 11. Communicates effectively with members of other Zoo departments to support Zoo Camp.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 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. • Ability to work full-time, Monday through Friday, for the entire camp season between June to the end of August, and part-time for training starting in April or May.
EDUCATION: • Bachelor’s degree with a background in education, biology, zoology, environmental studies, or a related field.
EXPERIENCE: • Must have experience working with children in an educational or instructional setting (formal or informal teaching, camp staffing, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc.) • Minimum two years of teaching experience. • First Aid and CPR certification required. • Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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, 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. The employee is often exposed to outdoor weather conditions.
Note: The Zoo Camp Program Assistant is expected to work all assigned weeks unless specific days off are approved by the Program Manager prior to employment. Summer Zoo Camp will run Monday through Friday from June 11 through August 17, 2018. Training will take place on a part-time basis in April or May.
APPLICATION: Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org. Please attach a cover letter with your resume.