- Guest Relations Experience
- Customer Service
- Experience with Children
- Public Speaking
Camp Volunteers – Summer 2020
Camp Volunteers assist Kindergarten through eighth grade campers with a variety of games, crafts, zoo hikes, and animal science information. Camp Volunteers will work in a classroom setting under the supervision of a Camp Counselor. Volunteers will also complete tasks that support the curriculum objectives of the Camp Program, develop an understanding of Program Wide Positive Behavior support, and participate in Leadership Development Workshops.
As a camp volunteer, you can expect to:
Gain knowledge and experience working with children in an education setting.
Observe and assist with classroom lesson plans
Learn about animal enrichment and help staff prepare and complete enrichment items.
Develop skills in creating positive guest relations, guest educational opportunities, and public speaking through classroom opportunities
Represent ZooTampa through exemplary customer service and behavior.
Possess a sincere desire to work with students
Exhibit, or be willing to develop, excellent communications and customer service relations skills
Ability to effectively work independently and within a team environment
Ability to multi-task in a high energy environment
Ability to follow dress code protocols
Ability to follow specific instructions, and also be comfortable self-directing
Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively
Must be able to commit to a Monday-Friday schedule at a minimum of 35 hours per week
Must be able to Volunteer from 8:30am-4pm on Monday - Friday, but times are subject to change
Must be able to commit to 3 camp weeks between the dates of June 22 and August 7
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2019 and must have completed at least ninth grade and be enrolled for high school in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must submit a complete Volunteer Application through ZooTampa’s online career center.
If an offer is made, it is contingent on:
Successful completion of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement, Acknowledgement of Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting procedures, and Affidavit of Good Moral Character document.
It is recommended that volunteers have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury as Volunteers are not covered by the Zoo Workers’ compensation program.
Please note: Volunteers must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.
Volunteer opportunities are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, when applicable, and provide valuable real-world experiences for participants. Successful completion of Volunteer service may also yield letters of recommendation, a portfolio of their work, when applicable, and networking contacts.
Please note: According to Hillsborough County Public Schools, for service hours to be applicable to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, the “student must submit a proposal to the Community Service Contact at the school site before beginning”.