Summer Camp Leader
Job Details
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

POSITION SUMMARY:  Seattle Humane offers eight weeks of programming for youth ages 7-13, collectively called Animal Adventure Camps. Each four-day session is designed to engage and inspire participants, provide positive interactions with a variety of animals, and foster a sense of responbility and respect for animals through inquiry and experience-based learning. Children learn about pet care, animal issues, and how to be animal ambassadors through games, crafts, activities, guest speakers and hands-on time with animals.  Summer Camp Leaders are responsible for teaching and overseeing lessons and activities, supervising and mentoring children and youth, handling a variety of animals, and assisting with the day-to-day management and planning of camp. This is a temporary position that consists of 30-40 hours of training on weekends in May/June, and 32-40 hours per week starting June 29 and concluding in mid-August.  



  • Provide a positive atmosphere for campers. Model empathy, compassion, and respect for animals and others.  Encourage campers to respect and listen to each other. Intervene and problem-solve when conflicts occur between campers.
  • Lead lessons and activities for youth ages 7-13, including classroom-style lessons, campus tours, camp games, and crafts. Assist guest presentors, as needed.
  • Manage and delegate tasks to teen volunteers in order to provide a safe and high-quality program. Foster development of responsibility, maturity, kindness, and personal accountability.
  • Supervise handling of animals participating in educational programming. Practice and encourage humane treatment of animals.
  • Assist with the development and preparation of camp activities and craft projects.
  • Complete daily set-up/break-down of camp and maintain clean spaces for other departments to use while camp is not in session.
  • Maintain communication with Education Department staff (Education Coordintor/Education Associate). Report camper/customer concerns, maintenance or supply needs, workload concerns and other issues needing attention to Education staff.
  • Maintain camp records. Manage waivers, photo releases, parent correspondence and other camp documents, as assigned.
  • Positively represent Animal Adventures Camp and Seattle Humane when interacting with parents, guardians, guest speakers, volunteers, staff and community members.
  • Supervise safe and proper check-in/check-out of campers. Enthusiastically greet campers and parents as they check-in/out daily and answer parent questions. Provide parents with appropriate feedback and information as needed for their camper(s) to have a successful camp experience.
  • Ensure policies, procedures, and ground-rules set forth by Education Department and Seattle Humane are followed.
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a camper, staff member, volunteer, animal or the organization at risk. Provide first aid treatment, as trained.
  • Assist with camp wrap-up tasks including the inventory of supplies and equipment, and participate in evaluating camp for the future success of the program.
  • Perform all duties in a manner that assures the safety of campers, oneself, fellow staff members, volunteers, and animals involved in any and all activities.
  • Work effectively and respectfully with families and colleagues from diverse communities, cultures and perspectives.



  • Assist with staff and volunteer training as needed
  • Prepare camp supplies for each week
  • Confirm attendance of volunteers and guest speakers participating in camp
  • Maintain appropriate correspondence, files and records
  • Assures a clean, orderly and positive working environment
  • Provides ideas and suggestions designed to improve operational programs and working conditions
  • Contributes ideas/feedback for improvement of camp delivery, experiences and protocols
  • Performs other duties as assigned



Supervises camp staff (to include teen camp counselors and visiting staff from other departments), guest speakers, and adult volunteers



  • Daily verbal or written communication with staff through direct contact, meetings, telephones, mail or e-mail
  • Daily or weekly verbal and written contact with community partners, camp visitors, camp volunteers or the public over the telephone, in person or by e-mail
  • Verbal or written contact with parents and campers



A high degree of independent judgment and attention to detail is required.  Recurring duties on a daily basis with some diversity in set­ting up the programs, materials or workshops. Must be able to work well independently, while also being a strong team player who is willing to collaborate with other camp staff.  A high level of customer service skill is needed. When implementing camps, the ability to effectively manage,  give directions, assign tasks and maintain a schedule of activities/lessons is required.



  • At least one year of experience working with children and youth (as an employee or volunteer); preferably groups of 10 or more at one time
  • Experience with developing/implementing curriculum is highly preferred
  • Experience working as a camp counselor or teacher is highly preferred
  • Ability to facilitate workshops, presentations, classes for a variety of ages (7-13 years old)
  • Knowledge of classroom management techiniques is highly preferred
  • Willing to work as part of a team with other staff and volunteers
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Patience, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity (our environment and available animals/resources/guest speakers fluctuates regularly and programs are always evolving)
  • Organizational and planning skills to determine work priorities, schedules and time
  • Ability to manage, motivate or supervise other individuals or program participants
  • Must be able to read, write and listen effectively in English
  • Excellent telephone, customer service skills required
  • Ability to effectively manage complex schedules
  • Animal related knowledge strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with personal computers including Chrome, Google Drive, the Internet and email, highly preferred
  • Current certification CPR and First Aid, highly preferred
  • Must be able to pass a background check



  • High school graduate or have a GED.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license with good driving record.



Must be able to see, speak and listen clearly in order to facilitate lessons and answer questions. Must be able to carry materials and handle an animal, or animals, on a leash or in carriers. Must be able to communicate over the telephone. Need to be sensitive to other opinions, perspectives or culture. Requires the ability to han­dle a variety of tasks and pay attention to detail.  Frequent stands, walks, kneels, crouches, and sits on the floor when conducting camp lessons and activities; and general mobility, required.



General office or classroom environment. When handling or transport­ing animals there is a potential of animal bites and/or scratches, exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to people), animal dander and noise.


  • Equipment Used: Personal computer and printer, office supplies, multi-line telephone, fax machine, copier, video equipment, television, DVD, animal leashes, collars and carriers.
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 30-40 hours per week; Typical hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30am-5pm, and 2-4 hours on some Sundays.