Zoo Camp Instructor

Job Details

  • Date Posted: April 26, 2023
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Company: Honolulu Zoological Society
  • Salary: $15 - $16 an hour
  • Housing Offered: $15 - $16 an hour

Company Contact

Please email at [email protected] for more details or Call us at (808) 926-3191 for futher communication

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • $15 - $16 an hour

Honolulu Zoological Society

Position Title: Camp Instructor

Employment Status: Seasonal, Full-time

Reports to: Director of Education or Education Coordinator

Salary: $15.00 – $16.00 Depending on experience level

Mandatory Training Dates: Summer: May 22(Monday) & May 23(Tuesday)

Camp Dates: Summer: May 30-August 11

Shifts: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm OR 9:30am-6pm (includes 30 minute lunch break)


The Honolulu Zoo Society’s Education Department offers day camps during the spring, summer, fall, and winter, as well as additional programs throughout the year on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Camps run 8:00am to 2:30pm, with optional aftercare available with pick-up times at 4:00pm and 5:30pm.

During the mandatory training dates, instructors will be provided with the curriculum and safety instructions for zoo conduct to familiarize themselves.

Instructors will lead each camp under the supervision of the Director of Education and Education Coordinator.


· Lead educational lessons pertaining to the natural sciences and wildlife

· Conduct Zoo tours, animal encounters, science projects, games, and other activities

· Maintain a safe and encouraging environment for all participants and staff

· Assist in all aspects of program preparation, such as set up, maintenance, and inventory program supplies

· Mentor Junior (Teen) Volunteers and provide guidance when needed

· Assist with aftercare for all age groups

· Any other duties assigned


· Highly qualified candidates will have a degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Studies, or affiliated science

– OR –

·3+ years of experience working with children in camps, youth programs, recreation, or a related field

· Individuals in the process of obtaining a degree in one of the above-mentioned disciplines will also be considered

· Ability to learn and educate children on information about the animals and habitats at the Honolulu Zoo

· Must be able to work collaboratively with others to develop and deliver program content

· Experience leading, or supervising, groups of various sizes and ages, particularly children ages 5 to 11

· Must be comfortable communicating with staff

· Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

· Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time


· Interest in wildlife and environmental conservation

· Teaching background in science education or animal sciences

· Experience working with children

· CPR/First Aid Certification


· Successfully complete a state and federal background check

· HZS requests all new hires to complete a pre-employment drug test


Limited parking is available


No phone calls please. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 – $16.00 per hour


  • Professional development assistance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
In addition, staff members who may work in close proximity with animals will also be required to be masked.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Honolulu, HI 96815: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Childcare: 2 years (Preferred)


  • First Aid Certification (Preferred)
  • CPR Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

Please email at [email protected] for more details or Call us at (808) 926-3191 for futher communication