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Zoo Camp Assistant Instructor at Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo
Fargo, ND
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $8 to $10 Hourly
  • Other
Job Description

The Red River Zoo is looking for a fun, creative, and responsible Zoo Camp Assistant Instructor to help the Zoo Camp Instructor lead the Summer 2022 Day Camps! As part of the Education Department, your job will be to help facilitate a fun, educational, and safe experience for the program’s participants. This unique, position is a great way to acquire skills in developing educational programming, informal education, and classroom management.

As one of our Zoo Camp Assistant Instructors, you will work as a team to help plan out and supervise each day of dynamic activities for the camp participants. Typical activities for Summer 2022 Day Camps include (but are not limited to): games, crafts, educational activities, animal encounters, keeper chats, and carousel rides. The children in the programs are ages 4 to 6, 1st-2rd grade, and 3rd-4th grade. This position runs from the end of May through mid-August.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help supervise, lead and teach camp participants on topics including animals, conservation, ecology, animal behavior, and more
  • Collaborate with Education Department staff and Red River Zoo staff to run a smooth and timely day camp.
  • Deliver educational content and further the mission of the Zoo in a fun and exciting way
  • Assist in presenting and handling program animals (including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates) to camps participants
  • Help instruct various camp activities on time including games, activities, keeper chats, and animal encounters as well as pick up and drop off.
  • Communicate effectively with camp participants, Camp Instructor, youth assistants, parents, and other zoo staff
  • Assist with programming and crowd control at Special Events
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to teach children participants concepts relating to the zoo, wildlife, and conservation.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments
  • Ability to teach age-appropriate science concepts to children of developmental levels
  • Demonstrate time management and group management skills
  • Reliable and punctual attendance habits
  • Outgoing and passionate about nature and wildlife
  • Be able to be outside to on your feet for long periods
  • Ability to responsibly keep track of a large group of children

Minimum Requirements

  • Prior experience teaching children in a formal or informal education setting preferred
  • CPR/First Aid Certified preferred
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Pre-employment background check

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Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Red River Zoo


Fargo, ND



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