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Lincoln Park Zoo

Conservation Camp Instructor

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative educators with formal or informal teaching experience to join the Camp team as Conservation Camp Instructors. Instructors will provide children with meaningful and memorable summer learning opportunities by teaching a variety of inquiry based and hands-on activities.  Instructors will be responsible for teaching groups of 13 – 18 campers each week. Campers will be divided into groups depending on age and grade level from 4 years old to entering 4th grade. This is a full-time seasonal position that will extend from May 31st – August 25, 2017.
The interview process for this position will be in stages. If an application is selected, an e-mail directing the applicant to a pre-interview questionnaire will start the interview process. In-person interviews will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Lincoln Park Zoo. If an applicant is invited to an in-person interview they must be available for one of these two dates.


  • Teach a pre-developed curriculum as well as create some components of the curriculum (crafts, games, supplementary science content, etc.)
  • Deliver content in a fun and unique way that will engage and connect kids with the natural world.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, well managed camp group experience.
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with parents of campers.
  • Effectively collaborate with the summer staff which will consist of 15 fellow camp instructors.
  • Work directly with a co-instructor in a professional, effective, and cohesive manner.
  • Serve as a camp role model and an ambassador of Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Provide mentorship for the Camp Teen Volunteers assigned to the camp group.
  • Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, accident reports, behavior reports, and timesheets.


  • Prior experience working with children in a formal or informal education setting.
  • Excellent classroom management skills.
  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments, along with organizational, logistic and operational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be extremely trustworthy and punctual.
  • Great sense of humor.


  • At least one year of college completed, must be entering into sophomore year of college to apply
  • Previous teaching or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Able to remain on feet and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Frequently bend, stoop, reach, lift heavy objects, and climb.

How to Apply

Please apply online at: Please put job name in subject line of email.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

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