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Resident Camp Counselor

Posted: April 8, 2024 Expired: May 6, 2024
Busch Gardens Tampa
High School 1 Year

Busch Gardens Tampa

Resident Camp Counselor


Busch Gardens is a place of thrills, fun and positive, lasting memories. And that's just what its like to work here! As a key member of our team, you'll play a major role in bringing happiness and excitement to people from around the world. If you're dedicated, dependable and driven to deliver exceptional guest service, this is a place for you!

Purpose: While Busch Gardens Camps provide an imaginative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere for learning about wild animals and wild places, it is the counselors who energize and encourage campers to develop a lifelong appreciation, understanding and stewardship for our diverse natural environments and resources.

Busch Gardens Camp goals are…

  • To create a stimulating environment that encourages campers to become stewards of the natural world
  • To focus on creating an atmosphere of building self-esteem in our campers with positive interactions and situations that build confidence
  • To provide campers with opportunities for teamwork and problem solving

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old to drive camp rental vehicles
  • Prospective candidates should be available mid-May through mid-August 2024 and prepared to live in a dorm setting. Pay includes lodging. Meals are only provided when working a shift during a mealtime with campers. 
  • At least 1 year college preferred; 3rd year college student in a Biology/Zoology, Education, Wildlife Conservation or Environmental Science degree program preferred
  • Previous related experience with camps and/or working with children preferred
  • A valid Driver's License with ability to meet SEA’s driving guidelines
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment for an extended period and endure high heat, humidity, possibly dusty and damp
  • This position requires extensive walking, standing, and long hours managing children. Tasks may also include bending; some overhead reaching and use of hands.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift to 50 pounds, occasionally carrying between floors
  • Ability to work flexible schedule including early shifts, evenings, weekends, and overnights, for the entire length of the summer camp schedule (May 22 - August 6, 2023)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification, and/or American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Strong leadership qualities are a must

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall safety and wellbeing of resident campers in rising grades 7th – 12th grades, overseeing them throughout the park, overnight at the dormitory and during off-site field trips.
  • Work as day camp counselor and/or support when resident camp is not in session. 
  • Enthusiastically teach and implement assigned camp curriculum encompassing environmental science, zoology, physical science, etc., through educational games, hands-on activities, occasional crafts and evening trips through the zoo
  • Provide guidance to campers by keeping them on task and behaving appropriately
  • Facilitate interactions between campers and park staff
  • Anticipate and willingly participate in designated camp duties including preparation of activity materials, set up and breakdown of equipment and classrooms, team-building exercises, and advanced preparation for incoming campers
  • Knowledge of camp standard operating procedures and processes, getting around the park or any possible field trip sites
  • Provide camper transportation both inside and outside the park
  • Perform as a role model for younger students by displaying team spirit and enthusiasm throughout the summer program.
  • Adhere to Company standards on wardrobe, conduct, safety, cleanliness, and timeliness
  • Complete assigned resident camp duties and assist camp team as needed; perform other duties as assigned based on business need, including providing day camp and/or field trip support
  • Evaluate and track camper performance

What it takes to succeed:

  • Consistently practice safe work habits and report unsafe situations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups, respecting social and cultural diversity, recognize/consider the needs of others in daily interactions and decision-making, and maintain appropriate boundaries using interpersonal skills (skills used to reduce stress and conflict, improve communication, and increase understanding).
  • Ability to use effective and appropriate self-care practices for maintaining overall wellness, and mental, emotional, and social resiliency (such as handling stressful situations appropriately) needed for a job in a fast-paced, interactive environment.
  • Be able to successfully complete all legal, company and department training requirements to include but not limited to passing required tests and certifications within established timelines.

The perks of the position: Ambassadors will enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment, and great teammates, as well as:

  • FREE park admission
  • Discounts on park admission tickets and passes for family and friends
  • Park discounts on food, merchandise, etc.
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Exclusive employee events and giveaways

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How to Apply

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Busch Gardens Tampa
3605 East Bougainvillea Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

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