Junior Camp Counselor Volunteer Opportunity

Thank you for your interest in become a ZoFo Junior Camp Counselor! Please complete all fields below. After submitting your application, a ZoFo staff member will be in touch about whether or not you have received a phone interview. Following phone interviews, accepted applicants will be required to come in for an in-person interview. For questions about this application, please contact our program director, Maggie, at maggie@zoologyfoundation.org.

Being a Junior Camp Counselor is a huge responsibility, it is not something someone can simply sign up for. Juniors are extensions of our staff, and are expected to behave with maturity and compassion towards other counselors, campers and of course all the animals at the sanctuary. Counselors are volunteers, not campers – it is a fun and rewarding experience, but there is a lot of hard work involved. There will be plenty of animal time, of course! But being a Junior Camp Counselor will also involve a lot of cleaning of camp areas, daily activity preparation, helping campers feel comfortable at camp, helping campers with their crafts, games, and animal time, assisting counselors with lessons, and being enthusiastic, communicative, and supportive of campers as well as fellow team members.

Who we are NOT Looking for: Do you dislike doing household chores? Does the sight of animal poop make you gag? Do you run in the other direction at the sight of young children? Have you ever been described as unreliable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is probably not the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Junior Camp Counselor Application

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  • Position: Junior Camp Counselor

    Reports to: Program Director

    Position Summary

    Junior volunteers will assist in running the ZoFo summer camps.

    Work Environment

    • Sanctuary building and outdoor sheltering facilities
    • Exposure to dander and allergens found on animals, as well as outdoor allergens
    • Frequently changing work environment and duties
    • Exposure to powerful smells including cleaning agents
    • Exposure to a variety of outdoor weather conditions such as wind, snow, rain, heat, etc.

    Volunteer Requirements

    • Must be 13 years of age or older (15 and older for our 9-11 and 10-12-year-old camps)
    • Must be able to lift up to 20lbs
    • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time
    • Must be able to work well individually and with a team
    • Must be comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups of people
    • Must be comfortable interacting with people of different ages and backgrounds
    • Must be able to follow directions effectively
    • Must be able to listen and ask for clarification when needed
    • Must have good communication skills

    Volunteer Duties

    • Complete job orientation and training
    • Come prepared assist leaders with lessons for camps
    • Make sure the camp sites are clean, organized, and lesson materials are prepared daily before campers arrive
    • Supervise and manage camper behavior
    • Report unusual animal behaviors or signs of illness and discontent
    • Lead games for campers between lessons
    • Give campers educational and fun information about animals, emphasizing animal stories
    • Assist the staff in creating a fun, positive experience for everyone who visits the sanctuary
    • Any additional duties requested

    Commitment

    We ask that each junior volunteer be available for at least 2 camps listed below. Time of work day TBD as the position requires set-up and take-down of camp each day.
    Additionally, each volunteer must attend one of two orientations: Saturday, May 25th OR Wednesday, June 5th.
    Dates of Camps:
    • June 10-13 (Campers onsite 8-4) – 15 and older
    • June 19 (Campers onsite 9-3)
    • June 24-27 (Campers onsite 8-4)
    • July 15-18 (Campers onsite 8-4) – 15 and older
    • July 25 (Campers onsite 9-3)

    Compensation

    This is an unpaid, volunteer position. Volunteers can receive school credit for their hours if their school allows for summer hours to be counted.