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Thu Jun 01, 2017 - Mon Aug 28, 2017


Como Park Zoo & Conservatory1225 Estabrook DriveSt. Paul, MN 55103


Day Camp Assistants provide extra eyes, ears and hands to Camp Instructors who facilitate summer camp. Assistant tasks include setting up materials; serving snacks, assisting with games, crafts, tours and other learning activities, clean up; and foremost, watching for the safety of the children.

Day Camp volunteer shifts are: Monday-Friday

8:30 am-12:30 pm or 12:15 pm-4:15 pm, June 12 through September 1

Tue/Thur OR Mon/Wed/Fri weekly shifts are possible


  • Provide a positive and encouraging example for children, ranging in age from 4-14.

  • Provide high quality supervision and engage children during parent pick-up and drop-off, lunch, and daily camp activities.

  • Support camp instructors by assisting with duties such as classroom set up and clean up, hands-on activities, games, story times, snack, bathroom breaks, and tours through the Zoo and Conservatory.


  • Assist the camp instructor in making campers feel welcome, comfortable, and safe.

  • Assist the camp instructor in providing a fun, memorable and educational summer camp experience.

  • Listen, follow instructions, and carry out tasks as assigned. Take initiative - ask how you can be helpful.

  • Demonstrate respect and kindness around children, parents, Como staff, and fellow volunteers. Use the radio in a professional manner.

  • Dress for the weather: be clean and modest in summer wear and wear close-toed shoes.
  • Follow established procedures when working, as specified in the Volunteer Handbook.

  • Arrive on time, work scheduled shift or give advance notification of absence.

  • Fulfill training requirements and provide feedback to supervising staff.


  • Available to volunteer for at least 2 weeks over the summer - weekday am or pm

  • Be an adult or mature youth volunteer (16 years and older).

  • Submit to and have a positive result on a background check (if you are over 18).

  • Be physically able to bend, kneel, and assist 1:1 with tasks
  • Experience or strong interest in working with children ages 4-14.

  • Experience or interest in working in a summer camp setting.
  • Interest in plants and animals preferred but not required.


Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 2 weeks throughout the summer
  • Volunteers are required to attend a one hour orientation session in May or June. Dates to be determi

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