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Summer Camp Instructors 


Do you find joy in spending time with children? Do you care deeply about animals and conserving their habitats? If you’re looking for a fun summer job that can really make a difference on a personal and global level, consider joining us for a wild summer at the zoo! Come be a key player in discovery and connecting the next generation with wildlife and the earth through play. Help lead campers in activities, games, crafts and zoo tours designed to teach environmental education concepts, connect children with nature, and inspire conservation actions.

What would you be doing?

Camp Instructors utilize two pre-determined curricula to teach environmental education concepts and connect children with nature. Instructors are part of a dynamic team and are responsible for leading their group toward a week of learning and fun. Each team teaches 10-14 children each week.

Why work with us?

  • You would love the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and the world.
  • You care deeply about wildlife and conservation.
  • You see value in working with diverse student populations.
  • Immersing yourself in nature is important to you.
  • You enjoy team-teaching.
  • You want to learn strategies, preferences and group management skills that you will be able to apply towards your career goals.
  • You would love to connect with a network of young professionals who share your values.

What qualities do we look for in camp staff?

  • People with a passion for education and learning.
  • Are you silly? So are we! The ability to get silly with our campers is wonderful!
  • People who are excellent communicators
  • A background in the natural sciences, either through schooling or life experiences.

When do we need you?

All camp staff members are required to attend training from 8:30am-4:30pm on Saturday, June 6th, and Saturday, June 13th, as well as Monday, June 15th through Friday, June 19th. Instructors must be available for the entire summer program. Please check each camp’s schedule before you apply.

What camp group would I be working with? Please review the brief descriptions below, and be sure to check out for more information! You will have an opportunity to tell us about your experience with the different age groups when you complete your application.

Bear Cub is for our youngest campers, children ages 4-6. You'll lead an exciting blend of games, activities and opportunities to observe zoo animals!

Black Bear gives campers ages 6-8 a chance to develop their peer collaboration skills and their skills as a scientist.

Grizzly Bear takes campers ages 9-13 to the next level of exploration – in the field, hands-on, and behind the scenes!

Zooper Camp

Be sure to check out for more information and to review each program's details and schedule requirements before completing your application.
We can't wait to hear from you!

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS: Applications accepted online through our Jobs page at Please include your experience working with children as well as the program you are interested in within your cover letter! Cover letter, resume, and a list of references are required when applying for this position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications accepted until all positions are filled.

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

About the Organization Award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting the standard for zoos all over the world. We connect people with wildlife and hit them in the heart with a visceral reminder of what's at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. That means our conservation efforts start right here at the zoo and in our community.

Join us on our mission to save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Pay Rate $17.00 per hour  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Reports To Program Supervisor  
Category Learning & Innovation  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 36  
Shift Days  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetics, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Req Number LEA-20-00001  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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