Lead Camp Instructor (Seasonal)

Kansas City Zoo Kansas City , MO 64126

Posted 2 weeks ago







Special Experiences & Programs Assistant Manager




Under general direction, the lead camp instructor assists camp instructors and program supervisors with all aspects of the summer camp program, including supervising camp staff and participants, parent communication, assisting with special needs cases, and program development and evaluation. This position also delivers summer camp education programs and activities, including, but not limited to, crafts, tours, behind-the-scenes experiences and animal encounters, as well as organizing and maintaining camp program materials and assisting with curriculum development.

This is a seasonal position working Monday-Friday, 30-40 hours per week, during the camp season, which runs May 20th August 9th, 2019.




Assists education supervisors in the delivery of summer camp education programs, including:

  • Supervising daily activities of camp participants.

  • Assisting with, implementing and developing camp program activities and resources.

  • Communicating with parents/guardians.

  • Monitoring designated craft times at least twice a week.

  • Supervising camper pick up and aftercare.

  • Helping to promote zoo conservation, education and programs

Serving as a leader and resource to camp staff, including:

  • Assisting with camp staff orientation, as well as leading activities and training.

  • Mentoring teen volunteer helpers assisting with camp programs.

  • Assisting camp staff and Integration Specialist with special needs and behavioral situations.

Assists education supervisors in the development and enhancement of programs, including:

  • Resource gathering and maintenance.

  • Administrative support.

  • This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.



  • Bachelor's Degree or working towards Bachelor's Degree (preferably at least 2 years) in education, biological science or related field.


  • Teaching experience with formal and informal education programs preferred.

  • Knowledge of classroom management techniques and skills using teaching aids, including animals, biofacts, artifacts and library resources, preferred.

  • Teaching experience with individuals with special needs and behavioral issues preferred.

  • Previous zoo, aquarium or museum related experience preferred.

  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office and audio-visual equipment, preferred.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong organization and time management skills.

  • Some supervisory experience preferred.


  • Must have valid driver's license.

  • Must be able to lift 40-50 pounds.

  • Position requires animal contact.

  • Must be able to work Monday Friday during peak summer camp season, both in and out of doors, in all weather extremes.

  • Must pass a background and drug screening.

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Lead Camp Instructor (Seasonal)

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