Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Camp Inclusion Specialist. We have one, full time, seasonal, non benefitted position open.
Reporting to the Children’s Programs Manager, the Camp Inclusion Specialist will play an important role in the facilitation and leadership of Woodland Park Zoo’s summer camp, ensuring inclusion of all individuals that participate in camp programs. With the Manager, the Camp Inclusion Specialist will help to train and support Camp Instructors on inclusion practices and resources, as well as modify existing camp programs to ensure quality participation by all. This position works with campers ages 4-13. The position begins in early June and will end in early September.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Ensure inclusion of all camp participants, emphasizing both individual abilities and common ground with peers.
- Support campers who have a disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorder, are Deaf, or have a chronic illness as they participate in camp activities.
- Review curriculum for proven accessibility practice/universal design. Adapt activities, rules, equipment and/or supplies as needed to ensure quality participation by all camp participants.
- Communicate with caregivers prior to and during camp to gather information about the camper’s needs and provide follow up on camper successes and challenges.
- Support facilitation of training of Camp Instructors on inclusion practices.
- Engage in peer observation and mentoring with Camp Instructors as a support and resource for inclusion procedures and best practices Camp.
- Provide suggestions and adaptations to camp staff that will assure individuals with disabilities are integrated and able to fully participate in camp programs.
- Support camp participants as needed during activities and while moving around the zoo.
- Create a debrief report at the end of the summer camp season that reviews and evaluates camp’s inclusion practices, support materials, and training
- Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s degree in social services, paraprofessional or similar field, or entering junior year of college, or equivalent combination of training and experience preferred, including coursework in special education, therapeutic recreation, or behavioral analyst.
- One year of direct experience working with individuals having a variety of physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities.
- Minimum three months working with children in an educational setting, e.g., camp, day care, student teaching, school, park district, Special Recreation Association, or cultural institution
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Strong organizational, leadership, and communication skills
- Must be a flexible and creative team player in order to accommodate changing camp and camper needs
- Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
- Ability to work independently as well as with a team within diverse teams and environments, while treating everyone with respect.
- Must have excellent customer service skills and experience working with guests effectively
- Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
- Experience working in inclusive informal, educational, or recreational programs a plus
- Experience and/or education in biological sciences, education, communication, or other directly related field or subjects, such as public speaking, interpretation, theater, or art and interpretation are preferred
- Experience in a zoo, aquarium, museum, nature center, or art studio environment a plus
- Working knowledge of American Sign Language, behavior management strategies, or Crisis Prevention Institute, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training a plus
- Multilingual ability
- Capable of remaining stationary for long periods of time and traversing throughout the zoo up to 5 miles a day
- Able to lift and carry program supplies weighing up to 35 pounds.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Pay: $23.00 per hour
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A criminal background check will be required of the selected applicant. This role is not remote. Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.
Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at zoo.org/jobs; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required.
Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer a comprehensive program of group benefits to help maintain your and your family’s health and wellbeing. These include:
- 403(b) Retirement Plan
- 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Sick Leave Accrual
- Working for an organization that cares about wildlife conservation!
Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.
Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at firstname.lastname@example.org.