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Classes & Camps Instructor - Discoveries Day Camps

Applications are now being accepted for Classes and Camps Instructor for Discoveries Day Camps in the Child and Family Programs department of Woodland Park Zoo. There are multiple full-time, temporary, non-benefited positions to be filled at this time. The Instructor is responsible for teaching age appropriate, creative drama based camp programs to children ages 5-7 years old. Discoveries Day Camps are designed to promote awareness, respect and caring for wildlife and conservation, while engaging children in a creative drama adventure, age-appropriate activities, games, crafts and zoo tours. Camp staff members utilize two pre-determined curricula to teach environmental education concepts and connect children with nature. Instructors are part of a dynamic team including instructors, paid assistants and volunteers. Each Instructor works in a team to aid in teaching 10-14 children, ages 5-7 years, each week.

The Instructor is an integral part of the Discoveries Day Camp (DDC) curricula’s execution; responsible for creative drama role play and guiding student instruction. The person in this position is a Woodland Park Zoo employee, but is responsible to two organizations (Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Children’s Theatre) to support the mission and Core Values of both organizations.


Present engaging programs, experiences and activities to program participants, on and/or off zoo grounds.


  • Present engaging programs and experiences utilizing developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action.
  • Lead safe and educational experiences for participants involving hands-on, inquiry-based activities and/or research projects in a variety of field conditions, on and/or off zoo grounds depending on the position.
  • Lead tours, games and crafts for a variety of ages.
  • May handle and present a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods (depending on program).
  • Organize rooms, props and materials for programs; maintain prop, material and supply inventories
  • Mentor interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit statistics and receipts to supervisory staff.
  • Assist with program development, evaluation and revision.
  • Operate audio/visual equipment for programming as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to present creative, mission-driven programming.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, and independently with little supervision.
  • Must possess general knowledge of zoology, ecology and conservation.
  • Flexibility in dealing with program delivery and changes in deadlines and operation protocol.
  • Ability to work a non-standard/flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to handle education program animals and to become a WPZ-certified animal presenter (requirement in specific positions).
  • Ability to drive an electric cart.
  • Ability to work the schedule outlined below.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Commitment to the mission of both Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Children’s Theatre and both institutions' Core Values.


Must be available for all dates and times:

  • June 7  & June 14, 2014 – Weekend required trainings (full-day)
  • June 16-August 29, 2014: Mon-Fri, 35-40 hours per week


A minimum of two years of combined education and experience in natural science or environmental education presenting thematically-based interpretive programs and/or classes to audiences of all age levels. At least two years creative drama/theatre experience. Experience can be derived through improvisational acting and or teaching creative drama.


None required. First Aid and CPR preferred.


Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Must be able to work with customized databases and technology, and conduct internet research.


Must be enthusiastic and customer service oriented and deal with clients in a courteous and professional manner. Enjoy working with the public including diverse populations and people of all ages.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds while handling, lifting, and storing program supplies, kits, and bulk food supplies. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while setting up displays, transporting animals, class props and materials.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.


Applications are only accepted through the Jobs page for Woodland Park Zoo. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


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