Reports to/Department: Under the supervision of the Assistant Education Curator, reports to Zoo Camp Director.
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. However all internships will have the opportunity to apply for free housing. 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 17. 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.
- 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 4-13 through our zoo-themed day camps, with the primary responsibility of overseeing full day camps for campers’ ages 4 to 17 years.
- Supervise, guide, and teach children ages 4-17
- 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 all 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
- Interact with parents, guardians, staff, and other members in a professional manner
- Report suggestions and observations
- Complete camp paperwork as relates to our policies and procedures
- Other duties as assigned
- Applicants must be working toward or already have a degree in Education, Recreation, Museum Studies, Communications, Animal Science, or other Biological Sciences.
- Must have an interest in working with the general public; especially children ages 4-13.
- 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.
- Candidates must exhibit consistent professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative, emotional maturity and self-responsibility.
- Experience working with peers and teens is preferred.
- Previous camp, education and/or science background preferred. First Aid and CPR certification is not required but a definite plus!
This Opportunity is GOOD for People Who:
- Enjoy working with children
- Like working outside
- Interested in handling and presenting program animals
- Enjoys public speaking
- Have the ability to follow or create lesson plans
- 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
- Successfully complete a background check performed by the Division of Parks and Recreation
- Good physical condition: able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch, and able to work in all weather conditions (Zoo Camp can be a physically demanding activity, requiring long hours outside in the heat of the summer)
- Be able to lift up to 25 pounds
- Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication)
- Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher
- Good organizational skills
- Basic understanding of age appropriate education instruction, especially for children ages 6 to 9 years
- Able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently
- Willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks as well as animal care
- Able to commit to upholding all Zoo safety and personnel policies, and support the overall mission
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.
Shift Times: 8 am – 4 pm or 9 am – 5 pm, depending on assigned duties.
Scheduling: Monday – Friday
Stipend – This is a sitpended 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.
Housing – Some housing may be available for those that qualify, at no fee, for interns providing full-time hours. This is regardless of whether or not interns are eligible for the stipend. Housing is also dependent upon vacancy.
- 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.
- Potential training in numerous animal husbandry and zoo facility skills such as exhibit design and maintenance, animal nutrition, landscaping, small tool use, veterinary care, operant conditioning and public speaking.
- Free access to all Delaware State Parks during internship or volunteer duration including Delaware Seashore and Fort Delaware.
- Job shadow opportunities at nearby AZA zoos when scheduling permits.
To Apply: All volunteers must complete the DE State Parks Intern Application. Interns must also complete and pass a background check administered by DE State Parks. For more information, please visit https://destateparks.com/Volunteer/Positions.
Questions: Email Danielle.Levredge@delaware.gov