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2013 Camp Zoofari Teacher

Organization: The Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Houston Zoo aspires to be recognized by peers, staff, and the general public as a leader among conservation efforts, delivering excellence in animal care, entertainment, education, and guest service. Join an enthusiastic team that provides a fun, unique and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.


Camp Zoofari teachers are responsible for implementing a fun and exciting recreational and educational summer program for children ages 4-12. The programs will be based on topics relating to natural sciences (zoology, ecology, conservation and animal husbandry) with the purpose of igniting in all people a passion for learning and conservation.

This is a seasonal position of 25-40 hours per week. Camp Zoofari runs June 10 – August 16 and serves 240 campers per week. Campers are divided into age groups (4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12), and each group has one lead teacher and up to two non-lead teachers in addition to teen volunteers. The teacher to student ration is 1:10. This position requires a high level of energy and enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work with groups of all ages in both in and outdoor settings.


Friday, February 8, 2013

To apply, please visit You must submit your resume and a letter of recommendation with your online application.


Must be at least 18 years of age.

Working knowledge of the English language with excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time in extreme weather conditions.

Minimum commitment of 4 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) from June 10 – August 16 required. One of the weeks worked must be either June 10-14 or August 12-16. There is no camp the week of July 1-5.

o25-40 hours per week (most teachers will work 40 hours per week)

o7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., OR 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. all Monday – Friday

Attendance at camp training required. Training takes place on Wednesday, May 29 AND Thursday, May 30 between 5-9pm.

Completion of at least two years college coursework in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Zoology, Biology, or related field required.

Classroom educator of two years or related experience with children required (can include experience in informal setting such as tutoring, camp, etc.).

Experience working with live animals desired; however, animal handling is not a function of this position.

Preference for lead teacher positions will be given to returning camp teachers, followed by certified teachers.

Candidates should be enthusiastic, creative, and self-motivated. This position requires considerable flexibility and patience. Candidates must also be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team-oriented environment (which could include lead and non-lead teachers, teen volunteers, interns, and full-time staff).


All teachers

o Assist with preparation and break-down of facilities and materials used in camp programs.

o Teach and conduct all lessons and activities as written in the curriculum, as well as monitoring camper drop-off and pick-up.

o Engage in creative, age-appropriate, and responsibly managed activities with campers.

o Direct, supervise, and evaluate Zoo Crew (teen) volunteers involved in Camp Zoofari.

o Assist in the evaluation of camp programs for age appropriateness, effectiveness, appropriateness of curriculum for program length, use of multiple learning styles and intelligences in activities, and action based content while seeking input and review from peers.

o Inform Camp Zoofari supervisor on duty if any emergencies arise.

o Interact in a positive and educational way with all Zoo guests including campers, parents and siblings of campers, and general Zoo guests.

o Abide by all Houston Zoo policies and procedures, including safety protocol and wearing the appropriate Zoo uniform.

o Complete online Abuse Prevention Training by first date of camp training.

o Other duties as assigned.

Lead teachers (in addition to above responsibilities)

o Directly responsible for camper drop-off and pick-up, including verification of parent/guardian photo identification and signatures, ensuring special needs (if any) are identified and information communicated to appropriate staff, answering parent questions, and reviewing camp rules and expectations w/students.

o Organizing and coordinating the daily schedule for assigned team of teachers.

o May assist in mentoring interns in student teaching environment.

o Quick thinking and problem-solving skills are needed.

o Requires strong organizational and leadership skills.

o Previous experience coordinating groups of students and peers, as well as parent interactions, preferred.


Exposure to outdoor conditions such as heat, humidity, and rain will be required.


This position reports directly to the Camp and Overnight Programs Supervisor.


Lead teachers will receive $14 per hour; Non-lead teachers will receive $12 per hour.


All lead and non-lead teachers scheduled to work the weeks of August 5-9 and August 12-16 are eligible to receive a $100 bonus at the conclusion of the camp season. Receipt of bonus is dependent upon completion of all scheduled hours during both of these weeks per the finalized schedule; teachers missing all or partial days for any reason during this time frame are ineligible to receive the bonus. Please note staff scheduling for the weeks of August 5-9 and August 12-16 are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.