Before and After Care Counselor (Zoo)

Directly responsible for the environmental education, personal safety and positive experience of Audubon Zoo campers before zoo camp and after the zoo camp day ends. Also responsible for the supervision of Junior Counselor and Counselors in Training assigned to your group. Directly responsible for checking in children, collecting fees and being aware of their safety at all time. Responsible for all aspects of a before care or after care including; assisting with crafts, playground supervision, restroom assistance and supervision, snack assistance and supervision, and safety. Also oversees preparations of snack and drinks, cleaning all work areas, inventory of play equipment.

To deliver on the Audubon mission, the Before Care/After Care Counselor will: 

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality 

  • Serves as a representative of the Audubon Nature Institute, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion in all interactions with other members of the ANI community and with the public. 
  • Directly be responsible for designated camp group. 
  • Directly supervises Jr. Counselors and Counselors-in-Training assigned to the group.
  • Assist and Implement activities that reflect the zoo's educational goals. 
  • Provide a positive and fun learning environment. 
  • Provide a safe environment and maintain discipline. 
  • Perform duties in a professional manner that reflects a positive role model for all. 

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience (required)

  • Maintain supplies, materials, and classrooms. Keeping things organized and being respectful of costs and waste. 
  • Oversee the health, welfare, and happiness of campers. 
  • Understand and encourage an appreciation of differences/diversity. 
  • Communicate accurate information about the zoo, its inhabitants, and conservation. 
  • Foster participation in positive environmental actions, both at camp and at home. 
  • Encourage scientific pursuits, interests, and study among campers. 


Supervision: Manages the Jr Counselors and CIT’s.


  • Teacher certification or equivalent classroom teaching experience.
  • Proven skills in program development.
  • Experience successfully teaching/relating to children aged 4 –11.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience and ability to supervise other staff in the completion of day-to-day camp activities.
  • Willingness to be a positive role model to adolescents in the workplace.


  1. High school diploma
  2. Bachelors preferred or required in Education.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Arrive on the job promptly and sign in "Attendance Book". Sign out upon departure. 
  • Report to work in full uniform - ANI uniform shirt, shorts (walking length), belt, and name tag. 
  • Maintain schedule of activities – be with assigned group at all times. 
  • Carefully observe campers behaviors and report to Camp Director or director of Education.
  • Report any missing campers at once.
  • Provide youth staff with clear and written instructions/responsibilities.
  • Communicate to parents in a positive and realistic way about observable behaviors. Seek support from Camp Director when problems arise. Complete written reports when necessary.
  • Take attendance daily.
  • Keep campers’ extra clothes and lunches in a safe place and return belongings to campers at end of each day.
  • Have fun and campers will too!
  • Attend weekly head counselor meetings.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Sedentary Work: exerting up to ___ pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. May involve sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
  2. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to ___ pounds.
  3. Constant adequate range of motion and mobility required.
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required. 
  5. Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
  6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required.

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  2. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  3. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  4. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  5. Affinity for animals preferred.
  6. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
  7. Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.

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