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Zoo Day Camp Counselor - Temporary Assignment

Zoo Day Camp Counselor - Temporary Assisgnment

Ventura County Community College District

Salary: $18.57 Hourly

Job Type: Seasonal Part-Time Classified

Job Number: 2023-ZZZZZ

Location: Moorpark College (Moorpark CA), CA

Department: MC - Student Learning

Closing: 3/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Under general supervision of the Teaching Zoo Operations Supervisor, design and conduct the Junior Safari Day Camp Program and similar programs at America's Teaching Zoo.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill temporary, full-time and part-time assignments at Moorpark College. This recruitment is not being conducted to establish an eligibility list from which regular appointments will be made.

America's Teaching Zoo is home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College.

For more information, please email

Schedule: May 30, 2023 to August 11, 2023 (temporary full-time)
May 30, 2023 to June 3, 2023: 30 hours per week for preparation.
June 5, 2023 to August 4, 2023: 40 hours per week.
August 7, 2023 to August 11, 2023: 20 hours per week for debriefing and cleaning.

Schedule: May 30, 2023 to August 3, 2023 (temporary part-time)
18 hours per week: 12:30 - 5:00 Monday - Thursday.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our culture and the work that we do within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). The VCCCD is a public community college district serving residents throughout Ventura County. The VCCCD's three colleges - Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College - offer programs for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; career technical training; basic skills instruction; as well as community service, economic development, and continuing education for cultural growth, life enrichment, and skills improvement. The Ventura County Community College District recognizes that a diverse community of faculty, staff, and administrators promote academic excellence. This creates an inclusive educational and work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves. With the understanding that a diverse community fosters multi-cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides role models for all students, the VCCCD is committed to recruiting and employing a diverse and committed group of faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to the success of all college students.

We encourage candidates who are equity-minded to submit an application for employment. We are designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions committed to racial and socio-economic diversity as it reflects our communities and student populations. We actively seek to attract candidates who share this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. For the VCCCD, equity-mindedness refers to the perspective or model of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes.

The Ventura County Community College District does not engage in any employment practice that discriminates against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, political beliefs, age, gender, religion, transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, and/or physical or mental disability.

Representative Duties
Develop, design, and implement creative, interactive, and age-appropriate educational activities for zoo day campers between the ages of 6-17; prepare program specific learning-related materials. E

Assign animals to campers based on camper preferences, age, and experience for the purpose of preparing weekly educational presentations and performances; demonstrate proper handling and provide guidance to campers regarding safe animal handling practices. E

Assist campers in designing presentations and with arts and crafts projects, games, and activities. E

Provide information to parents and visitors regarding operations, registration procedures, and safety guidelines; review and collect day camp forms and fees. E

Communicate with and provide information to the public, media, and college personnel regarding the Junior Safari Day Camp Program. E

Purchase food and supplies and track expenses for the zoo day camp. E

Coordinate day camp activities with Exotic Animal Training & Management Program students and staff to ensure safety, compliance, and quality of educational experiences of day campers. E

Train and provide work direction to counselors in training. E

Ensure camper compliance with rules and regulations of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program and America's Teaching Zoo. E

Check-in and release day campers according to established procedures. E

Provide for the physical needs of campers with regard to hydration, sun exposure, nutrition, and first-aid as needed. E

Maintain camp facilities, classrooms, and picnic areas in a neat and orderly manner. E

Operate office equipment including computers, printers, and copiers. E

Operate vehicles to pick up and deliver food and supplies. E
Perform related duties as assigned.

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination equivalent to:

One year of college course work

One year of experience working with non-domestic animals or one year of experience working with children in an organized recreational or educational setting

Please attach copies of the following required certifications to your application:
A First-Aid Certificate issued by a recognized First Aid training program
A CPR Certificate issued by a recognized CPR training program
A valid California Driver License

Exotic Animal Training & Management certificate or its equivalent
Child development certificate or its equivalent

Supplemental Information

• Animal Facility, outdoor theater, and classroom environment
• Subject to offensive odors from animals and feces
• Subject to working with large groups of children

Physical Abilities:

• Strength to hold animals for presentations
• Stamina to stand for extended periods of time
• Lifting and carrying animals, supplies, and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
• Hearing and speaking to communicate with students
• Seeing to observe campers, students, animals, and facility conditions


• Exposure to animals exhibiting unpredictable temperaments
• Exposure to extreme weather conditions

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated, including the possession of licenses, certifications, or other requirements, by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the recruitment process. You must attach copies of any documents that demonstrate your attainment of the minimum qualifications (e.g., unofficial transcripts, foreign transcript evaluation, copies of any required licenses, and/or certifications). Failure to submit any required documents may result in disqualification. All required documentation must be attached to your application; Human Resources staff will not upload your documents for you. The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. When completing the supplemental questionnaire (if applicable), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops), and experience.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request in an email to including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.


If a degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications, an official copy of your transcripts will be required upon hire. If you have a foreign degree and the institution from which your degree was granted is not recognized as accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, foreign transcript evaluation is required if the foreign degree/coursework is used to meet minimum qualifications. The foreign transcript evaluation must be included with your application materials. Visit the or the to search for institutions that are recognized as accredited. If you need your transcripts evaluated, please review the agencies approved for foreign transcript evaluation ( If applicable, an official copy of your foreign transcript evaluation will also be required upon hire.

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