Zoo Camp Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, January 27, 2017, 5:00pm



Knoxville, TN
United States

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Job Description:


  • With the assistance of the Family Partnership Coordinator, plan day camps which occur Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm for ages 4-13.  Summer camp groups are divided by age into 4-5 year olds, 6-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds and 11-13 year olds.  Spring and fall break camps are a single group ages 6-10 years.  You will be responsible for planning the camps that you are teaching.  Planning includes creating a supply list that fits with the camp budget and creating the week’s schedule, which will include animal encounters, keeper chats, games, activities and crafts that fit with the theme of that week’s camp.
  • Provide all instruction and camper supervision for the week, with the assistance of adult and youth volunteers in a way that creates a fun, positive and safe learning environment.  A typical work day will be from 8:00am until 4:30pm.
  • Supervise youth and adult volunteers that are assisting with the camp, creating a positive volunteer experience while meeting the needs of the camp. 
  • Present camp programs including interpreting science and conservation concepts in an immersive, engaging, knowledgeable and inspiring way.
  • Maintain all equipment and facilities to keep them clean, safe and professional in appearance.
  • Work closely with Family Partnership Coordinator to communicate with parents about the camp schedule, camper needs, concerns and discipline.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to manage groups of children ages 4-13 while maintaining a positive environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Current knowledge of and ability to use modern electronic technology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of general science concepts, especially biological concepts.
  • Comfortable interacting with children and adults of all ages.
  • Comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences.
  • Able to supervise adults and youth while maintaining a positive environment.
  • Familiarity with current conservation issues.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Flexible and able to handle unexpected situations.


  • High school diploma.
  • Experience teaching children in a classroom, camp or professional informal learning setting.
  • Able to research, understand and interpret science concepts in an engaging fashion.
  • Comfortable being around a wide variety of animals including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
  • Available to teach at least six weeks of the ten weeks of camp offered in 2017.
  • Able to communicate effectively in person, by telephone, text, 2-way radio and e-mail.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Working Conditions:

This position will involve working both indoors and outdoors in hot, cold, wet and windy conditions.  The working hours will vary depending on need and may require weekend and evening work.  This position will be working in close proximity to live, exotic and domestic animals and must be aware that there are dangers inherent in working under these conditions.  Zoo Knoxville is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and as such each employee must pass a pre-employment drug screen, as well as periodic random drug screens as required.