Position: Summer Camp Instructor
Status: Seasonal, Non-Exempt
This position is responsible for the development, instruction and ongoing evaluation of various camps at Lowry Park Zoo. Programs are full day week- long camps.
Essential Functions (Including, but not limited to):
• Design, develop, implement and evaluate seasonal camps for a variety of age groups
• Research topics and develop educational materials/lessons based on the theme/topic of the week
• Develop and prepare arts, crafts, and games for weekly camps
• Actively engage campers with the minimal use of busy work/movies
• Submit detailed curriculum, supplies lists, and schedules to Public Programs Manager
• Report on camp content and progress throughout summer camp season
• Help guide development of interns in camp each week
• Provide a fun, safe learning environment while properly supervising up to 20 campers
• Uses appropriate classroom management techniques. Manages the group while giving individual attention.
• Provides appropriate adult supervision of children at all times. Ensures that children are only released to authorized persons. Provides safe supervision on Zoo hikes and playground.
• Assists in maintaining the Zoo’s appearance internally and externally promptly reports/corrects needed repairs, safety hazards, or sanitation issues.
• Maintains common supply areas in an orderly fashion; provides notification when materials need to be ordered.
• Provides excellent guest service to all internal and external customers.
• Perform other duties as assigned
• Ability to manage workload as well as flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of children under your supervision
• Ability to work independently, with general direction from Public Programs Manager
• Ability to work well with all ages and provide a high level of service to Zoo staff, visitors, and program participants
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; practice open communication with supervisors and coworkers
• Highly motivated and organized with high energy and a positive, team player attitude
• Working knowledge of effective educational techniques
• Translates and coaches in conflicts and problem solving.
• Uses and promotes positive guidance techniques
• Must be confident and articulate when challenged and able to act as a professional ally of parents.
• Must be able to take initiative, produce work independently, and act on behalf of a team.
• Must be able to speak in front of groups of various sizes and ages.
• Must have the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with co-workers, children and families.
• Must have the ability to physically and mentally maintain control during emergencies that may arise.
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
• Must be able to play actively with children on their level, bend over, stand for extensive periods of time, and move quickly when necessary
• Must be able to work and move outside in the typical Florida climate, at times temperatures exceeding 90 degrees.
• Current teacher certification.
• A bachelor’s degree or higher in education, zoology or related field preferred.
• Experience in a formal or non-formal setting such as a zoo, aquarium or museum is a plus.
• Current CPR and First Aid Cards are suggested.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - 20 months ago