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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Summer Camp Instructor for Discoveries Day Camp

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Education team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Summer Camp Instructor for Discoveries Day Camp in the Child & Family Programs department. There are multiple part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions to be filled at this time.

The Instructor is responsible for teaching age appropriate, creative drama based camp programs to children ages 5-7 years old. Discoveries Day Camps are designed to promote awareness, respect and caring for wildlife and conservation, while engaging children in a creative drama adventure, age-appropriate activities, games, crafts and zoo tours. Camp staff members utilize two pre-determined curricula to teach environmental education concepts and connect children with nature. Instructors are part of a dynamic team including instructors, paid assistants and volunteers. Each Instructor works in a team to aid in teaching 10-14 children, ages 5-7 years, each week.

The Instructor is an integral part of the Discoveries Day Camp (DDC) curricula’s execution; responsible for creative drama role play and guiding student instruction. The person in this position is a Woodland Park Zoo employee, but is responsible to two organizations — Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Children’s Theatre — to support the mission and Core Values of both organizations.

At least two years creative drama/theatre experience required. Experience can be derived through improvisational acting and or teaching creative drama, not through attending theatre.  Love of theatre is not a qualifier.

The ability to work all dates and times listed below is required for this position:

  • June 10 and June 17, 2017  – Weekend required training (full-day)
  • June 19 - September 1, 2017: Mon-Fri, 35-40 hours per week (no camp July 4)

SUMMARY

Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to program participants, on and/or off zoo grounds.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Present engaging programs and experiences utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action.
  • Lead safe and educational experiences for participants involving hands-on, inquiry-based activities and/or research projects in a variety of field conditions, on and/or off zoo grounds depending on position. 
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages.
  • Organize rooms, props and materials for programs; maintain prop, material and supply inventories
  • Mentor interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision.
  • Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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.

  • Ability to present creative, mission-driven programming.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.
  • Must possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation.
  • Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to drive an electric cart.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in natural science or environmental education presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all age levels.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES

None required. First Aid and CPR preferred. 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS

Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.

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.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting animals, class props and materials.

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 regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

 

 

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at www.zoo.org; no other forms of application will be acceptedCover letter, resume and a list of references are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Please note: If you are interested in being considered for multiple camps positions, please apply for each one separately.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before), or until filled -- apply now!

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

How to Apply

https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1503158

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N Seattle
Seattle, WA 98103

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