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Zoo Camp Head Counselor

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Directly responsible for the environmental education, personal safety and positive experience of Audubon Zoo campers.  Also responsible for the supervision of Junior Counselor and Counselors in Training assigned to your group. Directly responsible for moving children through different areas of the zoo, being aware of their safety at all time.  Responsible for all aspects of a camp day including; assisting with crafts, playground supervision, restroom assistance and supervision, lunch and snack assistance and supervision, water play, dressing and safety.  Also oversees preparations of snack and drinks, cleaning all work areas, inventory of play equipment, and   assisting with morning and afternoon carpool.


II.         Responsibilities


  • Serves as a representative of the Audubon Nature Institute, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion in all interactions with other members of the ANI community and with the public.
  • Directly responsible for designated camp group.
  • Directly supervises Junior counselors and Counselors-in-Training assigned to the group.
  • Assist and Implement activities that reflect the zoo's educational goals.
  • Provide a positive and fun learning environment.
  • Provide a safe environment and maintain discipline.
  • Perform duties in a professional manner that reflects a positive role model for all.
  • Maintain supplies, materials, and classrooms.  Keeping things organized and being respectful of costs and waste.
  • Oversee the health, welfare, and happiness of campers.
  • Understand and encourage an appreciation of differences/diversity.
  • Communicate accurate information about the zoo, its inhabitants, and conservation.
  • Foster participation in positive environmental actions, both at camp and at home.
  • Encourage scientific pursuits, interests, and study among campers.


III. Specific Responsibilities

  • Arrive on the job promptly and sign in "Attendance Book". Sign out upon departure.
  • Report to work in full uniform - ANI uniform shirt, shorts (walking length), belt, and name tag.
  • Maintain schedule of activities – be with assigned group at all times.
  • Carefully observe campers behaviors and report to Camp Director or Director of Education.
  • Report any missing campers at once.
  • Provide youth staff with clear and written instructions/responsibilities.
  • Evaluate and meet with youth staff weekly.  Submit written evaluations to Camp Director each Friday by 4 p.m.
  • Communicate to parents in a positive and realistic way about observable behaviors.  Seek support from Camp Director when problems arise.  Complete written reports when necessary.
  • Take attendance daily.
  • Post weekly activity schedule and provide a copy that can be distributed to parents. 
  • Keep campers’ extra clothes and lunches in a safe place and return belongings to campers each Friday.
  • Have fun and campers will too!
  • Attend weekly head counselor meetings.


IV.        Schedule


Part-time, seasonal Mondays 8:00-3:15, Tuesday –Fridays 8:30-3:15


IV.        Preferred Knowledge/Qualifications


  • Attendance: Mandatory training days, as outlined in applicant letter.
  • Session I: June 2-June 27  Monday - Friday Session II: July 7-August 1, Monday - Friday
  • Ability to stand, stoop, sit on the floor, and endure the outdoor weather
  • for extended periods of time.
  • Teacher certification or equivalent classroom teaching experience.
  • Proven skills in program development.
  • Experience successfully teaching/relating to children aged 4 –11.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience and ability to supervise other staff in the completion of day-to-day camp activities.
  • Willingness to be a positive role model to adolescents in the workplace.
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