Seasonal Wild Survivor Zoocamp Instructor


Schedule and Salary

Monday - Friday
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Start Date: 
June 15, 2020
$14.50 to $17.50
Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
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 tweens/preteens and the outdoors. Prior experience working with middle school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Personal experience hiking, camping, backpacking, and using wilderness survival skills is especially desirable. Formal training in biology,zoology, ecology, or environmental science is also a plus.


·        Teach a small group of campers grades 6th-8th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, the instructor will be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-12 children each week.

·        Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to survival skills such as water collection, dressing a wound, shelter building, plant identification and orienteering.

·        Implement imaginative,fun, hands-on, STEM/project based activities that are centered on animals,conservation, and ecology.  

·        Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.

·        Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.

·        Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols


Supervisory Responsibility

·        Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children

Required Capabilities

Required Qualifications –Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

·        Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment

 ·        Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens

·        Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of preteen participants

·        Ability to maintain an safe environment

·        Excellent communication skills

·        Excellent organizational skills

·        Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet

·        Ability to work apart of a team

·        Dependability and promptness


Required Education

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

Required Experience

·        Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting required

·        Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities –May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

·        Experience camping,backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred

·        Training in wilderness survival skills preferred

·        First Aid/CPR certified preferred


Work Environment –Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

·        Primarily outdoors in a range of weather conditions. Exposed to sun, wind, light rain, and outdoor temperatures and noise levels.

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.

·        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.  



This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Zoo reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

How to Apply