Teacher, ZooCamp

About the Position

ZooCamp is a day camp program for kids entering grades K-8, run by the Education Department at the Oakland Zoo. ZooCamp Teachers lead and facilitate a group of 16-20 campers and supervise 1-4 Teen Assistants. Teachers play a huge role in setting the tone for camp and report directly to the ZooCamp Manager and Assistant Manager.  

Note: ZooCamp is an active and high sensory environment. Teachers should expect to spend most of their day outside in the sun (often in dirt/grass), 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.

Camp is 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.

Dates: Priority will be given to candidates who can work all summer.

Mandatory Staff Training May 29-June 2.

8 available sessions for Kinder-5th grade campers:

4 available sessions for 6th-8th grade campers:

Hours*: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm

*1-week required OT for Before care (8:00-9:00) and 1-week required OT for aftercare (4:00-5:30).




Manager, ZooCamp



$22-25/hour (depending on experience)

Application Deadline:

Open until filled


Essential Job Duties

Who You Are

Bonus If You Have

Required Education

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities

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

Who We Are

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 is to inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world, while providing a quality visitor experience. 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.

Oakland Zoo’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

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.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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.