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Zoo Camp Educator

Company: Santa Barbara Zoo
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Immediate Opening!

Are you.... Looking for a fun-filled Summer job?

Join us for 10-weeks of fun and education, as you promote the Zoo and its mission through our award-winning Zoo Camp program!

The Zoo Camp Educator collaborates with fellow staff to bring the best Environmental and Animal Science curriculum to all of our participants (ages 3-12 yo). You will form lifelong memories for program participants, running a variety of camps focusing on the environment, ecology, and conservation in a fun, creative, and hands-on manner.


  • Prior teaching experience in outdoor or informal learning settings teaching natural, chemical, or physical science. BA in Education, Environmental Studies, Life Sciences, Zoology, or Biology preferred, but not required.
  • The ideal candidate is self-motivated, outgoing, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and knows how to engage children in positive interactions and conversations. Must have active listening skills, sound judgment, and reliable decision-making skills. Supervision skills are necessary.
  • Must be available for overnights and able to walk and work outdoors for most of the shift.
  • Satisfactory completion of a DOJ criminal background check is required after contingent offer is presented, as well as TB clearance.
  • First Aid and CPR certification preferred.

Compensation: $14.00/hour

Schedule: 10 weeks of summer camp: May 25 through August 20, 2019, 40 hours/work week between the hours of 7:45 AM and 5:00 PM.

Job Description


Under general direction of the Education Manager and Education Team, Zoo Camp Educator promotes the Zoo and its mission through implementing tour Zoo Camps.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

Zoo Camp:

  • Supervises groups of up to 15 children while delivering camp curriculum in an engaging, age-appropriate manner, working with a particular age group within the 3-13 age range.
  • Leads environmental and animal science activities, such as hands-on learning activities, games, crafts, stories, and songs.
  • Supervises and ensures the safety and well-being of assigned group.


  • Other duties as assigned to maintain efficient and quality zoo operations.
  • Greets every guest with a smile.
  • Thanks guests for supporting and visiting the Zoo.
  • Answers phone calls, voice mails and e-mails promptly.
  • Insures the Zoos presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work areas clean, picking up trash, and reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions.
  • Associates with guests to assist and share information.
  • Maintains a clean neat appearance and adheres to the Zoos uniform dress code.
  • Takes responsibility to stay informed about happenings at the Zoo, such as reading employee communications and attending meetings.
  • Reflects the qualities outlined in the Guest Relations Statement and the Employee Pledge.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and environmental characteristics described below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, and working and physical elements required of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of college coursework in life sciences, zoology, education or environmental sciences or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Minimum of 6 months experience in informal presentations.

License, Certification, or Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prefer experience in an environmental education setting.
  • Successful completion of a Department of Justice background check.
  • First Aid and CPR certification required.
  • TB tests and Tetanus vaccinations as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of biology and zoology preferred.
  • Ability to organize, plan, collaborate and implement educational presentations.
  • Skilled in improvisation.
  • Energetic and engaging personality.
  • Ability to present educational programs to diverse audiences and large groups of people.
  • Ability to envision and implement innovative solutions and ideas.
  • Ability to contribute to the creative process.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of computer software including word processing and database programs.
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, and our guests.
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits.
  • Awareness of, sensitivity to, and empathy with animals.

Physical Demands; Work Environment:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds occasionally and 10 or fewer pounds frequently.
  • Ability to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to run, kneel, sit on the ground/floor, squat, and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to negotiate the zoo work environment including behind-the- scenes, lawns, gravel, hilltop, and attic storage.
  • Involves walking out-of- doors in all weather conditions.
  • Supportive and open employment culture.
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including, electric carts, telephones, printers, two-way radios, projectors, and copiers.
  • Ability to work outdoors most of the day.

Tools Used:

  • Two-way radios
  • Electric cart
  • Personal computer and software (Work, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Printer
  • Telephone system
  • Bio Facts and various learning-based materials
  • Wagons

This job description is representative of the expectations of the position described. Additional duties, reporting relationships, and/or position criteria may be assigned as deemed necessary by the Chief Executive Officer or authorized representative. No changes to this job description shall be made without written permission by the Chief Executive Officer or authorized representative.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara , Zoo Camp Educator, Other , Santa Barbara, California

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