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Geocaching Summer Camp Position in Oakland

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Hello! I work at the Oakland Zoo and for the last many years we've run a really successful and really fun geocaching summer camp as a part of our regular lineup. Unfortunately our regular teacher is unable to return to us this year and we are looking for a new counselor! Below is the job description, as well as how to apply! Thanks for your time.


The Oakland Zoo is nationally recognized for providing the highest possible quality of life for more than 440 native and exotic animals. Our mission is to inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world while providing a quality visitor experience. As an American Zoological Association accredited facility, we offer a variety of on-site and mobile education programs for over 50,000 school children each year in addition to serving over 650,000 park visitors annually.


ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for tweens/preteens and geocaching. Prior experience working with middle school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Personal experience geocaching and setting up caches is required. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is also a plus. For summer 2014, we have one open position working with our Curious Cachers program.


To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/ZooCamp.php


POSITION: Curious Cacher (Geocaching) Instructor


DATES: July 7 through August 1, 2014 plus 30 hours of mandatory planning/training June 9-14


HOURS: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. This is a day camp program without overnight activities.



* Teach a small group of campers grades 6th-8th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-12 children each week.

* Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to using a handheld GPS device and geocaching.

* Set-up and maintain a wide variety of temporary geocaches and navigation puzzles within the zoo and Knowland Park.

* Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.

* Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology.

* Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.

* Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.

* Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.

* Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.



* Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desirable, high school diploma required.)

* Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting required

* Experience geocaching and setting caches required.

* Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred

* Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens

* Ability to maintain a safe environment

* Excellent communication skills

* Excellent organizational skills

* Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet

* Ability to work as part of a team

* Dependability and promptness

* Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time

* Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds or more

* Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment

* First Aid/CPR certification preferred


SALARY: $11 - $15/hour, depending on experience


NOTE: We are also hiring for two other ZooCamp instructor positions: ZooCamp Instructor and Wild Survivor Instructor. In your cover letter, please indicate any or all ZooCamp positions you are applying for. For more information on these two positions, please check the Zoo's employment page.


APPLICATIONS: Email your resume and cover letter to the email address above. Please be sure to use "Curious Cacher Instructor" in your subject line! (Failure to do so may result in your application not being seen or forwarded to the correct party for review.)


DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 8, 2014. Please no phone calls. We apologize, but due to the volume of applicants, only those applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted.

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