Assistant Camp Director

Organization: Los Angeles Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Summary of Duties: Assists professional Zoo employees in planning, organizing and conducting a comprehensive program of community recreation activities and does related work. The Assistant Camp Director assists the Camp Director and/or Education Curators in the coordination of camp activities and assists with assignments. They also have the responsibility to oversee the well-being of the instructors, counselors and campers.Examples of Duties: Supervise and occasionally assist camp instructors, counselors and assistants in camp programs; assist in training the summer camp staff in the performance of their duties; assist the Education Curators in the coordination of the overall camp program. The Assistant Director may also act as a liaison between camp administration and the summer camp staff. Maintain radio contact with all staff and security. Wear camp cell phone at all times. Handle all logistics for program, including check-in procedure, etc. Print out check-in sheets and schedules each day. Coordinate each camp and ensure that each is equipped with appropriate supplies. Keep staff on track. Maintain craft and snack areas.

Qualifications: College degree required with a background in biology, zoology, education or psychology. Experience as a camp instructor is required. The ability to learn the principles, practices and methods of organizing, conducting and directing camp activities; the use of facilities and equipment; administrative policies and procedures; the principles and techniques of first-aid; the ability to organize, instruct and participate actively in a wide variety of camp activities; the ability to prepare written reports; the ability to communicate and deal with other people and the ability to supervise volunteer workers. Excellent customer service skills are required. Bilingual is a plus.

The start date for the position is May 6th or May 20th. Must be available for a week of training from June 9th – June 13th, and for the entire duration of summer camp from June 16th - August 8th.

Physical Requirements: Strength to perform average lifting of less than 5 pounds and occasionally over 15 pounds; body agility and equilibrium for activities including touring and games; back and leg coordination for activities involving stooping, kneeling, and crouching. ZooCamp requires daily walks (a minimum of 30-45 minutes) through the Zoo and may walk 2 or more miles per day.

How to Apply: Interested individuals who meet the minimum requirements should e-mail a cover letter and resume to , or by fax to (323) 644-4776.

Based on the number of responses received, the Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to pre-screen all resumes in order to arrive at a more a manageable candidate pool.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the weeks of March 4th and March 11th.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., or until sufficient applications are received.