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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Half Day Camp/Substitute Counselor

Leads summer camp educational programs.  Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to: zoology, botany, ecology, conservation, behavioral science, and other natural & physical sciences. Supervises and motivates groups of 15 children (ages 4-5 years old) per week until noon.  One to three days per week half day camp/sub counselors will sub for a full time camp counselor through the end of the regular camp day (4pm) and maybe asked to assist with extended stay (5:15pm).  Enthusiastically presents planned activities, leads zoo and garden tours in an age-appropriate manner that is fun and engaging.  Manages group behavior and demonstrates a passion for nature and children. Acts as positive role model for campers, parents, and fellow staff, inspiring progressive conservation actions throughout activities and lessons.

Experience Required

Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking secondary education program, with one to two years experience working with children in an educational or instructional setting (formal or informal teaching, camp staffing, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc.) or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must have a good knowledge of natural science. Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license. Must have and be able to provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification and a negative TB test by the first day of training. Must be available for all training dates May 20, 30, 31 and June 1-2, from 8am to 5pm. Must be available at least 9 out of 10 weeks of camp - June 5 through August 11 working Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM.

Further Comments

Part-time Temporary: May 20, May 30 - August 11, 2017


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How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website:

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210

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