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  • Camp Science (Zoology) Specialist/Teacher

    Job Location US-NJ-Moorestown
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    # of Openings
    ESF Camps at William Allen Middle School
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    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Our Major Camp team consists of Specialists/Teachers with backgrounds in education, art, theater, music, fashion, sports business, science, technology, engineering, etc. The Science (Zoology) Specialist/Teacher is dedicated to sharing knowledge, implementing ESF curriculum and teaching methodologies, encouraging campers to solve thought-provoking questions, work collaboratively in teams, and to develop and present a final project.

    Position Scope Factors

    Program Description(s):


    Animal Advocacy:

    • Take action and think critically about real-world issues that impact endangered wildlife species across the globe including the Golden Lion Tamarin, the Panamanian Golden Frog, Fruit Bats (flying foxes), and the Guam Kingfisher. Work side by side with experienced Zoo educators and enjoy up-close and personal wildlife encounters with live animals at camp. Help safeguard animals that are on the brink of extinction from the effects of climate change, deforestation and disease by forming advocacy teams and developing community action plans and learn how your everyday actions can help ensure their survival. Highlights include an overnight at The Philadelphia Zoo, a meet and greet with a keeper, Goggle Hangout sessions with conservation experts and more! Present your final advocacy campaign to family, friends and Zoo representatives on the last day!


    A Major Camp Specialist/Teacher teaches a minimum of 1 class but may also be considered to teach various programs at 1 or more locations.


    Local teaching opportunities:

    • Lawrenceville, NJ at The Lawrenceville School
    • Moorestown, NJ at Moorestown Middle School

    If you are interested in traveling to any of the locations listed below, ESF will provide hotel accommodations, mileage reimbursement, and a food stipend:

    • Haverford, PA at The Haverford School
    • Chestnut Hill, PA at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy
    • Montgomery Springs, PA at Montgomery School
    • Newtown Square, PA at Episcopal Academy
    • Baltimore, MD at The Gilman School
    • North Bethesda, MD at The Georgetown Prep School
    • Bronx, NY at Riverdale Country School
    • Greenwich, CT at Greenwich Academy

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Inspire campers to think creatively, critically, and innovatively
    • Immerse campers in Science (Zoology) through hands‐on, authentic learning experiences with exposure to “real world" experts, special guests, and field trips
    • Empower campers to explore the world around them and solve real‐life, practical issues that engage their hearts and minds
    • Impart your knowledge and expertise as an instructor, resource and guide while campers navigate the scope of the  curriculum
    • Lead campers in the learning process through the use of 21st Century skills such as: innovation, creativity, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, ethical decision making, collaboration, team work, time management, empathy, and leadership
    • Guide campers as they prepare for their ultimate group project
    • Organize and prepare daily lessons plans and participate in exciting field trips
    • Use effective classroom management skills to lead the activity and create a fun environment where everyone feels included
    • Effectively communicate using clear, concise and grammatically correct written and oral language in all aspects of professional interaction with campers, families, peers and leadership
    • Work effectively with fellow Team members and collaborate on daily responsibilities
    • Complete assigned paperwork
    • Serve as a positive role model to campers
    • Follow the ESF Code and maintain the ESF Look at all times
    • Exhibit ESF Core Values at all times and to adhere to all company policies
    • Other responsibilities as assigned
    • Attend all required pre-camp trainings and submit necessary background check paperwork
    • Have fun

    Experience Requirements

    • At least 2 years of classroom and/or camp experience (or comparable experience)
    • Must have previous experience teaching children

    Education Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Teaching certification (preferred)

    Reporting Relationships

    • Reports to and takes direction from Major Camp leadership staff.  In addition, you may take direction other camp directors. May also take direction from, and is overall accountable to, the Site Director.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    • Ability to push/pull, lift and carry a minimum of 35lbs
    • Endurance to work outside and on your feet for 6-8 hours per day
    • Ability to respond to emergency situations which may require running (up to 1 mile in some cases) and climbing stairs.
    • Good physical condition which enables candidate to execute all responsibilities associated with this position

    ESF, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply!


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