Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Camp Educator (Seasonal)

Date Posted
October 2, 2019

Job Details


Under the direction of the Onsite Class and Camp Manager, Camp Educators will facilitate Summer Safari Camps, which are weekly themed day camps scheduled throughout the summer months. Children ages 3 years through 7th grade may participate in Summer Safari Camps. Camp Educators will promote the Zoo’s mission, goals and objectives; and create a positive learning experience for children.

This is a seasonal position with both three-quarter time and full-time opportunities. Three-quarter time employees must be available to work between 28-33 hours per week. Days of the work week will be Monday-Friday. Dates of employment May 18-August 17, 2020.


The following duties are normal for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Present engaging programming for students attending summer camps (age range 3 years-7th grade)
  • Develop curriculum under the guidance of the Onsite Class and Camp Manager
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action
  • Organize classroom spaces, materials and supplies before and after camps
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of materials available for programming including, but no limited to: animal artifacts, zoo exhibits, staff and other zoo resources
  • Make sure all necessary supplies and documentation are accounted for
  • Ability to work with and direct teen volunteers that assist with camps



May be assigned teen volunteers, “Zoo Crew”


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.

  1. Experience or a strong desire to work with children
  2. Willingness to learn new information. Knowledge of animals and the outdoors is a plus.
  3. Available to work a flexible schedule Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 am-6 pm
  4. Must be 18 years or older
  5. Must be able to pass a background check
  6. Ability to provide own housing – Blank Park Zoo does not provide housing


  1. Educators must be creative, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals with a strong interest in environmental education.
  2. Individuals should aspire to teach children about the natural world through hands-on inquiry, zoo tours and animal related activities.
  3. Educators will encourage active involvement and help children develop a sense of wonder for wildlife and wild places.
  4. Educators must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships to grow and develop team members. Must know and practice SWEET leadership values.
  5. Educators must be able to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.


Progress toward a degree or recently graduated from a college or university majoring in education, environmental interpretation, theater, biology, zoology or related field.


Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required. Candidates should be able to effectively communicate to all ages of children, parents and staff.


All normal computer business skills required (Google – Drive/Docs/Sheets/Forms). Must be able to effectively operate an iPad on a daily basis.


Iowa motor vehicle license


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.

Ability to bend, twist, lift >20 pounds

Ability to walk on uneven surfaces such as hills, grass, mud, gravel, etc.

Ability to be outside in all weather including extreme heat and rain


Ability to function in all types of weather. The majority of the job involves being outside.

Contact Information


Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach a cover letter and resume:

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