Brandywine Zoo Summer Camp Counselor and Educator

Recruitment #040821-MXGC06-400300





The Brandywine Zoo is managed by Delaware State Parks with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. This quaint facility is home to a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. At Brandywine Zoo, visitors return again and again to see our animals in natural settings.  


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Summary Statement

The seasonal Zoo Camp Counselor and Educator will be working with our full time education staff and Zoo Camp Interns to develop and implement themed camp lesson plans, materials, and evaluation tools for our camp programs for children ages 6-15, as well as assist Education staff in facilitating guest experience during close encounters and special events. The Brandywine Zoo Camp 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. Our Zoo Camp Counselor and Educator will be responsible for the organization and management of these activities. The Zoo Camp Counselor and Educator will also work with adult and teen volunteers, live animals, and will help children learn about our natural environment in a non-traditional setting. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as scheduled. Work is performed under various weather conditions.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Assists the Education Staff to help create and facilitate guest experiences using our program animals, including animal shows, close encounters, and other special experiences and events.
  • Plan and lead daily activities for summer camps.
  • Ensure a fun, educational and safe environment for children.
  • Develop and create hands-on activities, games and crafts.
  • Respond to visitor questions and educate visitors about the care and handling of animals.
  • Safely handle and present wild/exotic animals.
  • Follow guidelines as outlined in our Zoo Camp Handbook for medical situations, behavior problems, and other camper situations
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS Brandywine Zoo Summer Camp Counselor and Educator

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. One year experience with a camp program for children or young adults.
  3. Knowledge of animals, zoos, wildlife conservation, zoology, biology or other natural sciences.
  4. Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation.
  5. Possession of a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 5/9/2021 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.  

Applicants must provide proof of negative Tuberculosis test within the last 12 months before start date.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.