Seasonal Zoocamp Instructor

Seasonal Full-Time Employment

Schedule and Salary

Days: Monday – Friday

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm

Dates: June 11, 2018–August 17, 2018


Salary: $13.23 - $15/hour

Classification: Non-Exempt


Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

How to Apply


ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for young children and animals. Prior experience working with elementary school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is especially desirable. For summer 2018, we have seven open positions working with our campers in grades Pre-K-5th.


Teach a small group of campers grades Pre-K-5th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-15 children each week.
Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to animals and nature through science projects, art, games, exploration, and observation.
Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology (based on the given themes).
Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.
Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children
Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols

Required Capabilities

Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to young children
Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of children
Ability to guide and direct high school volunteers
Ability to maintain a safe environment
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
Ability to work as part of a team
Dependability and promptness
Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment
1st Aid/CPR certified preferred

Required Education

Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desirable, high school diploma required.)



Required Experience

Experience working with children in an educational setting required.

Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred


Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

How to Apply

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605