ZooCamp is a summer day camp program for kids entering grades K-8th Grade, run by the Learning & Engagement Department at the Oakland Zoo. Camp runs 9:00 am - 3:30 pm M-F throughout the summer, with nine 1-week sessions following two weeks of mandatory training. The ZooCamp Paraprofessional will assist neurodiverse campers with autism or other learning/behavioral differences either in a group setting or 1:1, as needed. The ZooCamp Paraprofessional will work closely with the ZooCamp teachers to provide a safe and inclusive environment for campers of all abilities. The ZooCamp Paraprofessional will report directly to the ZooCamp Director.
ZooCamp is an active and high sensory environment. ZooCamp Staff should expect to spend the majority of their day outside in the sun and often in dirt/grass. ZooCamp Staff should expect to spend much of their time standing, walking, and sometimes other types of physical movement (running, dancing, etc) when playing with campers.
ZooCamp Mission Statement:
ZooCamp is a space where life is celebrated and nurtured. We respect the diversity of life we find reflected in our people, our plants, and our animals.
Our goal at ZooCamp is to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment in which campers and staff alike develop and practice our skills of communication, compassion, and scientific thinking. Through hands-on exploration, play, and community building campers will deepen their connections to themselves, each other, and our natural world.
No camp week of July 4
Priority will be given to candidates who can work all summer.
Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
$25.00 - $27.00 per hour depending on experience
Application Deadline: April 1 (rolling interviews will be conducted in the interim)
Bonus if You Have:
May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
The Oakland Zoo (managed by The Conservation Society of California) is an award-winning facility stretching 100 acres and overlooking the city of Oakland atop the hills of beautiful Knowland Park. Our mission: Oakland Zoo deepens connection with animals, saves wildlife, and inspires champions for the natural world. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), The Zoo is part of the largest conservation organization in the nation. Our employees take PRIDE in our values of being Positive, Respectful, Inquisitive, Driven and Effective members of a team who places the care of our animals, stewardship of the natural environment, and the experience of our guests at the forefront of all that we do.
We believe that all people should have safe access to the Zoo and culturally relevant and responsive experiences with our staff, programs, and curriculum. The Oakland Zoo is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and valued for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement toward a vision of equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community in which we exist and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.
The Conservation Society of California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status or other characteristics protected by law. The Conservation Society of California also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.Apply