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at Birmingham Zoo (view profile)
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Date Posted 04/05/2018
Category Programs
Job Type Part-time
Job Function Teach Summer Camp
Start Date 2018/05/28
Address Birmingham Zoo, Inc., 2630 Cahaba Road



Around 1,000 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Summer Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. Zoo Camp at the Birmingham Zoo is educational and encourage active learning through games, crafts, age-appropriate explorations, and special encounters. Rich in STEM-based experiences, Zoo Camp engages the natural curiosity of children and young adults and allow ample time to practice emerging science skills.


The Zoo Camp Teacher is part of a dedicated team of educators that will promote science and nature engagement in all aspects of Zoo Camp. Zoo Camp Teachers will ensure that the materials, supplies, crafts, and activities are prepared for each day, and are responsible for keeping their classroom area clean and orderly. Teachers are responsible for instructing the campers in the material developed for camp and for the campers’ safety.



  • Implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good camp habits.
  • Provides progress and interim reports as required to the camp manager and guardian/parent(s).
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong grasp of subject matter.
  • Uses effective oral and written expression.
  • Follows check-in, check-out and safety policies of camp for campers.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoo Camp guidelines, reasonable rules of camp classroom behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Certified Teacher OR Sophomore, Junior or Senior College Student majoring in Education/Biology/Zoology/ related fields OR at least 1 year of experience in an informal science education role. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be creative.
  • Works well with others; must be able to take directions.
  • Must have the ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).



The ZooFari Lead Camp Teacher position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Inclement weather.


Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp Teachers, as with any employees of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.



The following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers and tools.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Exposure to the elements can be expected.



The application deadline is April 30, 2018.

To apply, please complete an online application:, click About Us, and Employment