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Woodland Park Zoo


Summer Camp Assistant for Zoo U

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

Zoo U teaching teams utilize two pre-determined curricula to teach, zoology, biology and environmental education concepts and connect children with nature. Assistants are part of a dynamic team including instructors, assistants and volunteers. Each teaching team works with 12-14 children per week. Assistants are responsible for assisting instructors in educating and instructing children in order to promote awareness, respect and caring for wildlife and conservation. The Zoo U Assistant aids the Instructor in presenting age-appropriate curriculum and teaching camp programs to children ages 10-14 years old.

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

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


Provide support and assistance to Education Instructors.


  • Assist with the presentation of engaging programs and experiences for all ages utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action
  • Assist with monitoring children in a variety of conditions on zoo grounds
  • Assist with program set-up/take-down and prop/materials maintenance and inventories
  • Maintain an environment aimed at the safety and well-being of program participants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


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 work as part of a team or independently.
  • Ability to assist in the presentation of creative lesson plans.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the zoo, zoology, ecology, and conservation.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Positive, team oriented approach to all aspects of the camp program.
  • Demonstrated ability working and teaching as a team member.
  • Customer-service orientated.
  • Enthusiastic and enjoys working with children of all ages.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


One year certificate from an accredited college or technical school, preferably in the natural sciences or education; or six months related experience working with children, preferably with a strong background in early childhood education or primary grades and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


None required. First Aid and CPR preferred.


Must have basic computer skills to access email and submit online timesheet. Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office required.


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


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 stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


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.




Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; 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 Classes & 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

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

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