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Join the Honolulu Zoo Team!

Camp Instructor

  • Employment Status: Seasonal, Full-time
  • Reports to: Director of Education or Education Coordinator
  • Salary: $15.00 – $16.00 Depending on experience level
  • Mandatory Training Dates: Fall: October 2(Monday), October 3(Tuesday), Winter: Dec 18(Monday), Dec 19(Tuesday)
  • Camp Dates: Fall: October 9-13, Winter: Dec 26-29, January 2-5)
  • Shifts: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm OR 9:30am-6pm (includes 30-minute lunch break)

The Honolulu Zoo Society’s Education Department offers day camps during the spring, summer, fall, and winter, as well as additional programs throughout the year on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Camps run 8:00am to 2:30pm, with optional aftercare available with pick-up times at 4:00pm and 5:30pm.

During the mandatory training dates, instructors will be provided with the curriculum and safety instructions for zoo conduct to familiarize themselves.

Instructors will lead each camp under the supervision of the Director of

Education and Education Coordinator.

  • Lead educational lessons pertaining to the natural sciences and wildlife
  • Conduct Zoo tours, animal encounters, science projects, games, and other activities
  • Maintain a safe and encouraging environment for all participants and staff
  • Assist in all aspects of program preparation, such as set up, maintenance, and inventory program supplies
  • Mentor Junior (Teen) Volunteers and provide guidance when needed
  • Assist with aftercare for all age groups
  • Any other duties assigned
  • Seeking candidates with a degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Studies, or affiliated science

– OR –

  • Experience working with children in camps, youth programs, recreation, or a related field
  • Individuals in the process of obtaining a degree in one of the above-mentioned disciplines will also be considered
  • Ability to learn and educate children on information about the animals and habitats at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with others to develop and deliver program content
  • Experience leading, or supervising, groups of various sizes and ages, particularly children ages 5 to 11
  • Must be comfortable communicating with staff
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Interest in wildlife and environmental conservation
  • Teaching background in science education or animal sciences
  • Experience working with children
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Successfully complete a state and federal background check
  • HZS requests all new hires to complete a pre-employment drug test

Limited parking is available

Please send an email with cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Honolulu Zoo Society

manages the following department for the Honolulu Zoo:

  • Conservation Education
  • Development
  • Membership
  • Volunteer Services

For more information on employment with the Honolulu Zoo Society, please call (808) 926-3191 or email

The City and County of Honolulu

manages the following departments at the Honolulu Zoo:

  • Visitor Services
  • Animal Department
  • Veterinary Services
  • Grounds
  • Maintenance

To view current employment opportunities at the Honolulu Zoo in these areas, please click here.

Service Systems Associates (SSA)

manages the following departments at the Honolulu Zoo:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Catering
  • Food Services
  • Gift Shop

To apply for employment with SSA, please call (808) 924-0880.