Outdoor Summer Camp Intern

Position Description
The Brandywine Zoo Education Department is seeking fun, mature and engaging educators for our seasonal full-time Zoo Camp Educator Internships. These internships are through the Delaware State Park Internship Program.  A limited number of stipend internships are available for highly qualified candidates. The Brandywine Zoo’s Internships offer hands-on experience for individuals who want to explore a profession in Zoo Education and Day Camp Management. We’re looking for people with great people skills (especially children!), self-starter, mature, energetic, positive, creative, fun, safe, conscientious, and a natural leader who gets along well with others.

The Brandywine Zoo offers children the chance to spend a week at the zoo learning about animals, zoos, and wildlife conservation. Each week is filled with Zoo visits, live animal presentations, crafts, animal -related games, songs, stories, and learning projects. Interns will also work with adult and teen volunteers, live animals, and will help children learn about our natural world.

Interns will primarily be responsible for the management, supervision, and facilitation of full day camps for campers ages 4 to 15. Selected candidates will be responsible for the implementation for full day and half day camps, including but not limited to: lesson plans, camp materials, and evaluation tools. Interns will assist by overseeing our Summer Zoo Camp program and in leading campers through our zoo-themed camps.

Demonstration of Learning:
All interns will complete a project of the apprentice’s own design, and approved by zoo staff, during the internship period.

Snapshot of the Position:

  • Interns will be responsible for the implementation of full day camps, including but not limited to: lesson plans, camp materials, and evaluation tools. Interns will assist by overseeing our Summer Zoo Camp program and in leading children ages 4-17 through our zoo-themed day camps, with the primary responsibility of overseeing full day camps for campers’ ages 4 to 17 years.
  • Share educational animal information in an engaging and exciting way; create hands-on activities, games, and crafts that are age appropriate
  • Responsible for the proper setup and clean-up of supplies, including valuable and rare biofacts; handle and present program animals as part of camp lessons and programming (this may include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates)
  • Serve as a role model and leader for our summer campers, working to ensure they have a safe and fun camp environment all summer long; mentor and lead teen camp counselors with positive instruction

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years old with valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Provide proof of negative TB Test within the last 12 months before start date
  • Availability for 7+ weeks of full-time apprenticeship; ability to work weekend days and flexible hours as schedules dictate.
  • Fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication); willing and able to read and follow verbal and written work instructions.
  • Comfortable with public speaking to large audiences in person or via virtual platform (like YouTube or Facebook Live).
  • Must have some experience with children and demonstrate strength in child management and effective public speaking skills such as enthusiasm, voice inflection, and varied facial expressions; an interest in working with the general public; especially teaching to children ages 2-13, and mentoring teenage volunteers.
  • Education: Working toward or already have a degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Theater, Zoology, Wildlife Conservation, or other related degrees and must have a strong interest in pursuing a professional career in education and/or conservation.
  • Physical Condition: ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch and climb in all weather conditions on uneven terrain; be able to lift up to 25 pounds with little to no assistance.
  • Exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to listen to instruction, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility; work well as part of a team as well as independently; flexible with assignment: willing and able to assist with administrative, customer relations and housekeeping tasks – other duties as assigned; must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility.

Preferred Skills:

  • Previous camp, education, early childhood education and/or science background; experience working with peers and teens; basic understanding of age appropriate education instruction, especially for children ages 6 to 9 years
  • First Aid and/or CPR certification
  • Must have good time management skills, with the ability to complete designated tasks in a punctual manner; able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently; strong communication skills.
  • Flexibility – willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks.
  • Experience with childcare reporting and policy/procedure, accident forms, parental concern mitigation, familiarity with Beau Biden Childcare Protection Act.

For a sneak-peek at what camps this position will assist with, please go to our camp page.

game; balloon toss

Training
Interns must attend Delaware State Parks Day Camp Training. Additional, mandatory Brandywine Zoo-specific trainings will occur that week. Interns who are available to start prior to June will receive training in other areas.

Required Time Commitment
Stipend is for 12 weeks; 37.5 hours/week. Additional opportunities may be available for interns outside of camp duties, but no stipend will be provided. Applicants for this position are required to commit to 7 full (but not necessarily consecutive) weeks of Monday through Friday, during the time of June 1 to August 21

Direct Supervisor
Education Programs Coordinator. Reports to Zoo Camp Director.

Shift Times
Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm or 9am – 5pm, depending on assigned duties.

Stipend
This is a stipend position. Interns are not employees of the State of Delaware- they are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. A limited number of stipend internships are available for highly qualified candidates. Interns may be selected to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 30 or more hours per week paid biweekly as a direct deposit into the Intern’s bank account.

Benefits

  • Full access to the San Diego Zoo Global Academy course-list for the duration of the internship; certificate upon completion.
  •  Networking opportunity and access to 180+ years of professional experience and knowledge via current zoo staff.
  • Free access to all Delaware State Parks during internship or volunteer duration including Delaware Seashore and Fort Delaware.

Questions? Email

Danielle.Levredge@delaware.gov