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San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Zoo Camp Assistant Instructor-Summer 2019-Temporary, Full-Time

The San Francisco Zoological Society (“Society”) is a non-profit institution that manages and raises funds for San Francisco Zoo and Gardens (“Zoo”).  The Society’s mission, supra, is summarized as the 3 c’s: to connect our visitors with wildlife so that they care about nature and ultimately conserve it.  The Society’s leadership team is comprised of a President & Executive Director as well as a professional team of Senior Managers. The Society endeavors to meet or exceed the standards of its industry peers, including those established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (“AZA”). For over 25 years, the Society has been continuously accredited by the AZA

SUMMARY: The candidate in this position will support the mission of the San Francisco Zoo by inspiring our youngest guests to connect, care and conserve through the popular summer Zoo Camp program. Zoo Camp is a daytime program that reaches approximately 2,000 children ages 4-17. The primary responsibility of a Zoo Camp Assistant Instructor is to aid Zoo Camp Instructors in creating a fun, safe and educational experience for campers. Zoo Camp Assistant Instructors will have the opportunity to develop teaching and behavior management skills throughout the summer camp session. An ideal candidate is creative, enthusiastic, hardworking and has a strong interest in environmental education and working with children. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Upholds the Society’s mission, core values and other policies/procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook and elsewhere.

  • Assists with the supervision of Zoo Camp participants and teen volunteers
  • Under the direction of Zoo Camp Instructors, prepares and organizes materials     needed for classes.
  • Assists with teaching lessons and facilitating activities.
  • Supervises and evaluates teen volunteers with the assistance of Zoo Camp Instructors.
  • Ensures the safety of campers, staff and guests at all times.
  • Occasionally facilitates morning extended care (over-time hours provided).
  • Interacts with Zoo guests and staff courteously, notifying appropriate personnel about challenges and successes.
  • Maintains a clean and organized Zoo Camp environment.
  • Works effectively as a member of a dynamic team.
  • Other duties, as assigned by Zoo Camp or Education management.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

COMMITMENT:

  • Ability to work full-time, Monday through Friday, for the entire camp season from June to mid-August.

            EDUCATION:

  • College level coursework in biology, zoology, environmental studies, and/or education preferred.
    EXPERIENCE:
  • Some experience working with children (formal or informal teaching, babysitting, camps, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc.).
  • Ability to present information to groups.
  • Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • The San Francisco Zoo encourages bilingual candidates to apply.
  • First Aid and CPR certification preferred.
  • Experience with children, particularly those with special needs a plus.
  • Experience working with and giving guidance to teens preferred.
  • Ability to work well collaboratively and manage time efficiently.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to bend, squat, talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, use hands for grasping, fine work and assembly, reaching, kneeling, or twisting.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands to push/pull, crawl, taste, or smell.  The employee must frequently lift up to 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often exposed to outdoor weather conditions. 

Salary: $15.00/hour

Note: Assistant Instructors are expected to work all assigned weeks unless specific days off are approved by the Zoo Camp Program Manager prior to employment.


Summer Zoo Camp will run Monday through Friday from June 10th through August 16th, 2019.  Training will take place the week of June 3rd.

APPLICATION:  Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org.  Please attach a cover letter with your resume.

 

Salary

$15.00 Hour

How to Apply

Please apply via our web site at www.sfzoo.org.  Please attach a cover letter with your resume.

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132

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