Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor

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Recruiting Organization: SPCA Santa Cruz

Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor

Job Title:

Volunteer Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor


Volunteer and Education Department

Job Classification:

Temporary, Full-Time Volunteer (40 hrs/wk)

Job Relationships:

Reports to Manager of Volunteer & Humane


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Assists our Humane Education Coordinator in the delivery of educational Summer Camp programs to engage children (ages 6-15) in positive behaviors regarding animal welfare issues . This is a seasonal full-time volunteer position from May 27-August 2, 2024. Due to the short-term nature of the position, time off requests cannot be granted.

While other duties may be assigned, the essential duties and responsibilities are listed below:

Summer Camp Functions (100%)

Assist with and lead children’s camp activities, games, and presentations.

Assist with planning and delivering humane education curriculum as a part of summer


Prepare teaching aids and materials and monitor camp supplies.

Handle and care for animals involved in program presentations and activities while

adhering to SPCASC animal handling and safety protocols.

Monitor children during handling and exposure to both domestic and wild animals to

maintain a safe and healthy camp environment.·

Positively manage a range of camper behaviors and expectations.

Assist Education Coordinator with supervising, coordinating duties, and supporting the

effectiveness of camp volunteers.

Assist with providing and maintaining a clean, safe, healthy setting for animals and


Provide a positive, interactive learning environment for campers.

Perform administrative duties such as: basic reporting of activities, photocopying, photography, sharing on SCSPCA social media channels and other clerical duties as required.

Communicate effectively and professionally with co-workers, management, volunteers,

campers, parents, and the public.

Work effectively under pressure and be flexible in a fast-paced work environment.

Model the values of the Santa Cruz SPCA and positively represent the organization at all


Perform other duties as required/requested to ensure a positive public image, the well-being of animals and the public, and to improve the functioning of the organization.

Qualifications & Job Requirements Education, Skill, Experience

One year of experience working with groups of children is preferred.

High School Diploma or GED equivalent, required.

Animal handling experience preferred.

First Aid and CPR training preferred.

A valid CA Driver’s License and an insurable driving record, required.

Comfortable with public speaking.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Facebook social media. Ability and willingness to learn

other software programs as necessary.

Computer literacy in word processing, social media.

Strong organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work courteously and collaboratively in a team environment.

Excellent time management, multi-tasking, problem solving and organizational skills.·

Once trained, one must be able to work with minimal supervision, yet must recognize limitations in knowledge and abilities, and ask for help when needed.

Must have compassion and concern for both animals and people.

Passionately supports the mission of the Santa Cruz SPCA and promotes the organization at every opportunity.·

Upon hire, must pass a background check.

Work Environment

Work is performed in a classroom, out in our animal yards and inside our animal shelter setting. Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases and disinfectants;

Potential for exposure to dangerous and fractious animals;

Potential exposure to high noise levels;

Potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals.

Working with children in the age ranges of 6 through 15.

Physical Activities

Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.

Will sit, stand, kneel, walk, stoop, bend, stretch, squat, grasp, reach above and below shoulder level. May be standing for long periods of time.

Regularly handle large, strong dogs up to 100 lbs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Santa Cruz SPCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


I have received, reviewed and fully understand the job description for Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor. I further understand that I am responsible for the satisfactory execution of the essential functions described therein.

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Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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Sun May 26, 2024 - Fri Aug 02, 2024
05:00 PM - 04:59 PM


2601 Chanticleer AvenueSanta Cruz, CA 95065







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