Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$16 adults, $10 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$16 adults, $10 children
 

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Lead Camp Counselor

Date Posted
December 1, 2022
Type
Seasonal

Job Details

Status:  Nonexempt
Reports to:  Education Manager

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Position Purpose

The primary responsibility of a Lead Camp Counselor position at the Blank Park Zoo is to create a fun and engaging summer camp experience for our campers. This includes interacting with the campers (ages 3-12), overseeing the day-to-day operations of the summer camp, creating unique educational opportunities and providing information about our animals and exhibits. The Camp Counselor is responsible for ensuring guest and animal safety, while assisting with summer camp and working in various public positions throughout the Zoo. Additional training days may be required. 

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Guide camper experience to ensure a memorable and positive learning environment; this includes ensuring comfort and safety of campers while fostering educational growth
  • Collaborate on lesson preparation as directed by the curriculum and engage in educational discussion throughout camp
  • Responsible for working with Inclusion Specialists to implement positive behavior management and support plans for campers
  • Mentor and lead Assistant Camp Counselors and teen volunteers with positive instruction
  • Communicating daily with parents/guardians about their camper’s experience at camp
  • Report suggestions and observations to supervisors
  • Complete camp paperwork as relates to our policies and procedures
  • Set up and breakdown equipment and activities related to Summer Safari Camps
  • Respectful of camp schedule and is prompt and on time to activities
  • Assists with camper drop off and pick up
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate practices that inspire conservation action
  • Work with and supervise volunteers

Requirements

Competencies

  • Resourceful – Understanding of or can research all applicable topics as they relate to modern zoological management, operations of an attraction and customer service.
  • Flexible – Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintain composure in an environment that can be stressful.
  • Independent – Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Positive – Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  • Communicator – Communicates clearly, both verbal and written. Effective listening skills.
  • Critical Thinker – Ability to make decisions while under pressure or solve complex problems that arise daily.
  • Innovative – Ability to propose solutions to areas of concern.
  • Efficient – Ability to complete task in a thorough but quick manner.
  • Customer-oriented – Always exercises professional customer service skills. Interacts with m many different types of people and situations.
  • Team Player – Collaborates with supervisors and team to achieve common goals.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

Serve as a mentor for Assistant Camp Counselors and teen volunteers (“Zoo Crew”)

Work Environment

While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is required to work both indoors and outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions for camp activities. The incumbent will be required to spend the entire day with children. The noise level is moderate.

Physical Requirements

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

Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
☒ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly   

Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Adjusting or moving objects up to 25 pounds in all directions.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Communicating with others to exchange information.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Operating machinery and/or power tools.
☒ Never         ☐ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
☒ Never         ☐ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
☐ Never        ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Driving.
☒ Never        ☐ Occasionally           ☐ Constantly

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling –
☐ Never         ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Reaching with hands and arms.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Tasting or smelling.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Vision
☒ Close vision;  ☒Distant vision;  ☒ Color vision;  ☒ Peripheral vision;  ☒Depth perception;  ☒ Ability to adjust focus

Lifting Requirement.
☒ > than 50 pounds       ☐ Up to 50 pounds        ☐ Up to 40 pounds        ☐ Up to 25 pounds        ☐ Up to 10 pounds

Required education and experience

  • Progress toward a degree or recently graduated from a college or university majoring in education, environmental interpretation or related field.
  • At least 1 season of paid experience working with children.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo
  • Must be able to maintain calm and act professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest interactions.

Licenses/Certifications

  • Valid motor vehicle license
  • May need to provide proof of current vehicle insurance
  • Ability to obtain:
    • Universal Precautions
    • First Aid/CPR Training
    • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (MCART)

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Contact Information

To Apply

Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach cover letter and resume at the link below.

Click here to apply.

 

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and give employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking and seek fulfilling employment.

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