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Apply: Day Camp Lead

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

Employment Status: Part-Time

Starting Pay: $11.27 per hour

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Experience Required: Must be at least 18 years old and have some experience working with children.

Minimum Education Requirements: High School diploma or G.E.D. or College course work in science, education, or environmental studies

Department: Education.

Direct Supervisor: Youth Programs Manger.

Supervisory Responsibility: Direct (0); Indirect (0)

Primary Work Location: Zoo Setting both indoors and outdoors.

Certification: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, a physical examination, and a drug test. Ability to pass annual TB tests.

Job Summary: Engages campers through environmental and conservation education lessons that support the Zoo’s mission, vision and values.  This position help facilitates fun and safe learning experiences to help campers gain an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. Camp includes:  Zoo tours, animal encounters, arts and crafts, games and activities for age groups ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Rising 8th Graders (4-14 years).


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

  • Teaches scripted, animal and plant-oriented programs; handles animals and biofacts from the educational collection; manages children for the duration of camp; manages camp assistants; has appropriate interactions with camp parents and zoo staff; leads outdoor tours; completes associated preparatory and clean-up work; represents the zoo in a positive manner.
  • Provides safe learning environment.
  • Facilitate extended care games and activities with campers. 
  • Comfort and ability to handle animal ambassadors with provided training.
  • Document all camp issues as needed including camper behavior and incidents. 
  • Complete assigned responsibilities including set-up, clean-up and program maintenance. Assist with daily check-in and check-out as needed. 
  • Supervise lunchtime activities.
  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction.
  • Effectively documents, behavioral and incident reports, with the ability to relay information to supervisors and parents.
  • Participate in conservation activities to support Zoo’s mission.
  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction.
  • Represents the zoo in a professional manner.

Physical Demands

  • Required to walk, sit and stand for periods of time.
  • Push, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, and move intermittently throughout the day.
  • May be exposed to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.


* The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is gearing up for its 2020 Spring Hiring Event. We are now accepting applications for several positions within our Guest Experience department. Qualified candidates will be contacted as early as December 9th to schedule interviews and hiring will begin February 15th.

**This position description is a general guideline for work behavior and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all job duties.  Therefore, it is also not, nor can it be implied to be, a contract of employment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. Must be able to successfully complete an intense background investigation.

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