Zoo Camp Counselor (#TA0721)
$16.28-$16.28 Hourly / $2,821.00-$2,821.00 Monthly / $33,852.00-$33,852.00 Yearly


This is a temporary position in the Parks and Recreation Division of the Facilities Management Department.  Under immediate supervision, assists in organizing, planning, and leading youth group activities for Micke Grove Zoo’s education programs; and does related or other work as required.              

This position assists zoo staff with planning activities, supervising and mentoring youth in the zoo education programs. Employees prepare and maintain a safe environment for youth participants.


  • Assists teachers with daily activity plans and instructions; supervises, mentors, and works with zoo education program participants.  
  • Attends a variety of training sessions. 
  • Helps assure and monitor the safety of program participants and enforces rules and regulations applicable to program activities; maintains equipment inventory; ensures safe use of equipment and supplies. 
  • Prepares and provides a safe learning and teaching environment for participants and teachers. 
  • Responds to parents’ and participants’ questions regarding daily lesson plans, education site and schedule. 
  • Works in a team environment to effectively conduct planned programs and projects; maintains schedules.


Special Requirement: Must pass fingerprinting as mandated by state law. California state law requires all public recreation program employees to submit to fingerprinting for the purpose of obtaining a summary of criminal convictions.


Basic child care techniques; organizational skills; basic public relations and communications techniques; basic safety practices; basic practices of hygiene.


Learn wildlife and ecology concepts; interact effectively and appropriately with young children; conduct arts & crafts activities; effectively guide and mentor youth; assist with preparation and implementation of basic educational and recreational program activities; understand and follow oral and written directions; communicate effectively with children and parents, both orally and in writing; read and understand park rules and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals.


Mobility-Operate a data entry device; constant walking and standing for long periods, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, crawling; Lifting-Occasionally lift 5-50 pounds; Vision-Good overall vision, color perception, depth perception; reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; good field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Normal dexterity and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone/radio and in person; Special Requirements-Working weekends and holidays; may require overtime evening work; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Environmental-Frequent exposure to noise, cold/heat, hazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, and varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: TA0721; EST: 5/29/2008;