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ZooAmerica Camp Counselor

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
High School

This job opportunity is open to candidates who live in Hershey, as well as those who are willing to relocate for the position. February 1, 2024 marked the release of the job opportunity for ZooAmerica Camp Counselor, which will be inaccessible after February 29, 2024. This job vacancy mandates that you have obtained High School to apply for the position. ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is known for offering a range of job opportunities, but be sure to consider the part time type before submitting your application. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's performance-based stock options and equity grants. The work location for this vacancy is Hershey , PA , Hershey , PA.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

ZooAmerica Camp Counselor

Inspire children with an unforgettable ZooCamp experience. Camp counselors will be involved in the daily development and execution of camp activities at ZooAmerica. This position will provide support for our education team.  

Join the team at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an AZA-accredited 11-acre, walk-through zoo adjacent to Hersheypark. ZooAmerica is home to more than 200 animals, representing 65 species and 5 regions of North America.

Job Duties (Duties marked with an asterisk are essential functions of this job):

  • Provide an interactive and interpretive educational experience for campers, ages 4-18, during preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school camp sessions.

  • Participate in camp activities, including zoo walks, crafts, animal presentations, games, and themed lessons, and monitor camper participation and enjoyment. *

  • Ensure the safety of all program participants. *

  • Assembly of camp materials in preparation for the daily activities. *

  • Manage craft/activity/snack supplies for each camp. *

  • Assist with set up and tear down of classrooms. *

  • Cleaning and organizing all education areas. *

  • Handle select ambassador species under the supervision of zoo educators.

  • Answer guest questions in a professional and friendly manner.

  • Educate visitors about the animals.

  • Perform other job related duties as assigned. 


  •  Must be at least 18 years of age or older

  • Current or past coursework in environmental education, biology, education or related field

  • A minimum of one (1) year experience with professional animal care or science education

  •  A minimum of one (1) year experience working as a classroom teacher, an interpretive educator, or in an early childhood education setting

  •  Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable

  •  Must possess a valid driver’s license

  • This position may provide care, supervision, guidance, or control of children or may have regular, ongoing contact with children that is integral to the responsibilities of the position. As a result, in accordance with Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law, newly hired candidates are required to obtain the following clearances: a report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse), and Fingerprint-based federal criminal history submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent (FBI). Completed clearances are required to be submitted prior to starting employment. 

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interest and/or knowledge in the natural history of North American species

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  • Experience and/or strong interest in working with children on a daily basis

  • Must be able to work independently in an active setting and complete job responsibilities that require teamwork or are self-starting.

  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Must have strong verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills 

  •  Must be adaptable to a variety of different teaching/interpretive situations

  • Must be friendly, upbeat, and work well with other employees and be able to interact with guests

  •  Must display a positive attitude, eagerness to learn, and professional image in compliance with the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts guidelines

  •  Must have the ability to safeguard confidential information

  • Ability to understand, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to the workplace

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions 

Job Demands:

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays

  • Must be able to work in a combination of indoor and outdoor weather conditions. Employees are subject to a variety of weather conditions, including but not limited to: extreme heat, sun exposure, cold, and inclement weather.

  • Physical requirements would include the ability to stand (for up to eight hours at a time), walk, bend at the waist and knees and have repeated manual dexterity, the ability to push, pull, and reach above shoulder level, climb ladders, and fences, and lift up to forty pounds without assistance

  • Must be able to work at least 30 hours per week, May – August.


As a part-time team member, you will enjoy sweet perks like FREE admission and parking to Hersheypark, discounts on food and shopping, and more as soon as you receive your employee ID!


$14.00 per hour

How to Apply

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ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
100 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

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