Jobs: Camp Counselor
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Reference code: 64834728Camp Counselor - Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA,
29 May 2012Search ends
Duties Under the direction of the Children and Family Programs Coordinator and the Manager of School and Family Programs, seasonal Camp Counselors facilitate summer camp programs June-August. Counselors will take an active role in all camp activities and interact with children ages 3 to 15, volunteers, staff and Zoo guests. Counselors will perform camp-related duties such as implementing educational lessons, keeping campers engaged with related age-appropriate games and activities, formal and informal interactions with campers and Zoo guests, educational interpretation of the animal collection, staffing before and after-care programs, and assisting with logistics.
Educators are the ambassadors of the Zoo’s mission: conservation, education, science and recreation. Candidates should be available May 29 – August 17, 2012, including Wednesday July 4th.
- Within a provided framework, implement high energy, cognitively appropriate and non-discriminatory lesson plans, developed by Zoo staff, which align with the Zoo’s mission.
- Provide an enhanced camper experience through positive interactions with the students and teambuilding activities within the camp.
- Create a safe and rewarding program for every camper. Implement an effective educational experience, which demonstrates consistent conservation messages.
- Possess knowledge of all exhibit policies, procedures and animal safety issues.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Zoo’s animal collection and specific knowledge of Zoo grounds.
- Consistently demonstrate a positive and welcoming demeanor in interactions with guests, camp participants, staff and volunteers.
- Working towards or holds a degree in Education, Biology, or related field.
- Past experience working with children is essential.
- Ability to work accurately and problem-solve while remaining calm under stressful conditions, including emergency situations.
- Capacity to learn detailed information about the Zoo’s animal collection and exhibits.
- Possess excellent customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with campers, parents, supervisors and co-workers.
- Display a professional appearance and manner.
- Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
- Exhibit excellent presentation skills and the ability to provide engaging demonstrations to camp audiences of different ages and sizes.
- Capability to provide age appropriate supervision and instruction in all settings and activities.
- Ability to adapt to changes in schedule and daily assigned responsibilities and ability to work well with a large and diverse team of campers, volunteers and staff.
- Display excellent written and verbal communication skills and proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel. Experience with photography, video, GIS a plus.
- Successful completion of post-offer FBI Fingerprinting and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
Availability Candidates should be available May 29 – August 17, 2012, including Wednesday July 4th.
All applications received by human resources will receive an acknowledgement. However, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted directly.
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