Junior Zookeeper & Day Camp Coordinators

Location
Fargo, North Dakota
Salary
Based upon experience
Posted
Mar 08, 2018
Industry
Education
Hours
Part Time

Position: Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program Coordinator

The Red River Zoo is looking for fun, creative, and responsible youth coordinator to help lead the Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program! As part of the Education Department your job will be to create enjoyable, educational, and well supervised experience for the program’s participants. This unique, position is a great way to develop youth management, program development, and communication skills.

As one of our Junior Coordinators, you will work as a team to plan out and supervise each full day of dynamic activities for the youth participants the Junior Zookeepers.  Typical tasks for Junior Zookeepers include (but are not limited to): preparing zoo for opening, assisting with the care of the Zoo’s animals, and interacting with the public through informal and formal presentations.  The children in the program are generally ages 11 to 14. This position runs from mid-May through mid-August.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and mentor program participants throughout the summer season.
  • Collaborate with other Junior Zookeeper Coordinators, zookeepers, camps staff and the Education Director
  • Deliver educational content and further the mission of the Zoo in a fun and exciting way 
  • Track participants daily attendance and increase in participants responsibilities
  • Teach and monitor safe handling of tools, bio-facts, and animals 
  • Assist with programming and crowd control at Special Events
  • Develop curriculum for current and future programs
  • Provide exceptional guests service to zoo visitors
  • Assist Education Keeper with Program Animal Care 
  • Communicate effectively with participants, parents, zoo staff, and zoo guests 
  • Oversee youth participants in animal husbandry activities
  • Other duties as assigned 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead and teach youth participants in topics relating to the zoo, wildlife, and conservation.
  • Be outgoing and passionate about nature and wildlife
  • Ability to appropriately handle disciplinary actions through corrective actions
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments 
  • Be able to be outside and on your feet for long periods of time
  • Flexible schedule (may work weekends, holidays, evenings and possible overnights)
  • Ability to responsibly keep track of a large group of youth

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Prior experience working with children/youth in a formal or informal education setting 
  • Have completed at least 1 year of college. 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified preferred
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Be able to lift at least 40 lbs.

 

Hours: Junior Zookeeper Coordinators will be scheduled up to 40 hours a week.

 

Position: Zoo Camp Instructor

The Red River Zoo is looking for fun, creative, and responsible Zoo Camp Instructor to help lead the Summer 
2018 Day Camps! As part of the Education Department your job will be to create 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 Instructors, you will work as a team to plan out and supervise each day of dynamic 
activities for the camp participants.  Typical activities for Summer 2018 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-2nd grade and 3rd-4th grade.

This position runs from mid-May through mid-August.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 
  • Present and handle program animals (including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates) to camps 
  • participants
  • Instruct various camp activities in a timely manner including games, activities, keeper chats, animal 
  • encounters as well as pick up and drop off.
  • Develop curriculum for current and future programs 
  • Communicate effectively with camp participants, youth assistant, 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 concept 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 of time 
  • 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
  • Have completed at least 1 year of college. 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified preferred
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Pre-employment background check 

Hours: Camp instructors will be scheduled for 20 hours a week running one session of camp a day.  More hours may be available during event days.

 

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