Program Assistant, Zoo Camp/ Education Specialist II


Schedule and Salary

40 hours per week
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Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
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The Zoo Camp Program Assistant teaches all school break Zoo Camp programs and is available to substitute during Summer Zoo Camp.  They must be available to work all school break camps: Thanksgiving (3 days), Winter Break (10 days), and Spring Break(10 days).  This person knows how to use the Zoo Camp registration system, covers the Zoo camp phone line, and email when the Zoo Camp Assistant Director is not in the office.  

During the remaining parts of the year this position serves as a first-line instructor, developing and delivering interactive, safe, engaging,high-quality Pre-K – 12 Education programs. Helps with the identification of content to be covered and the development of Conservation Education curriculum and materials, in accordance with and supporting the Zoo's and Education's mission and the NGSS. May guide group or individual tours of the institution, and interpret and lead public programs, discussions regarding animal background, care and activities, environmental issues, and other topics of interest to the guests. Serves as a technical resource to visitors.

This person will model positive, kind, professional communication with children & families.  All problems that cannot be solved by this person should be reported to the Zoo Camp Program Director or the Assistant Program Director.  

During spring months, this person will deliver fliers and attend tabling events to promote Zoo Camp programs. This person will collaborate with the Zoo Camp Program Director and Assistant Program Director to plan for all Zoo Camp programs including, but not limited to, choosing crafts, games, STEAM activities, and planning curricula.  

During staff training for Summer Zoo Camp, this person will help lead and teach new Zoo Camp staff and assist in curriculum building.  When the Zoo Camp Program Assistant is not attending to Zoo Camp duties this person will be teaching programs, and handling other duties in the office as assigned.  As an Education Specialist-Level ll, the Program Assistant also teaches K-12 Education programs when not carrying out Zoo Camp duties. This position is approximately 70-80% teaching.  This person reports to the Zoo Camp Program Director.


Required Capabilities

·        Must be extremely well-organized.

·        Excellent time management skills.

·        Friendly, energetic, self-controlled,flexible, and open manner; good rapport with children and their parents.

·        Excellent classroom management and discipline skills.

·        Must be able to walk moderate hills and be on feet for 60 minutes at a time.  

·        Strong oral (including phone calls, public speaking) and written communication skills.

·        Ability to handle stressful situations and maintain a sense of perspective and humor.

·        Ability to problem-solve and show good judgement.

·        Ability to organize tasks and ensure timely completion of projects with attention detail and accuracy.

·        Consistent tact and diplomacy; courteous and respectful interaction with supervisors,co-workers, visitors, and the general public.

·        Ability to work collaboratively with others.  

·        Proactive in finding new assignments/tasks as other assignments/tasks are completed.  

·        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.


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.

Required Education

Required Experience

·        Previous experience in a zoo camp (or similaroutdoor camp) program strongly preferred.

·        Previous formal or informal classroomexperience required.  

·        Experience working in a multicultural settingpreferred.  


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