Buttonwood Park Zoological Society Employment Opportunities

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society employs staff for the North Woods Gift Store, ride operators, overnight and scout program instructors, ZooCrew counselors, and special event staff.

Available Positions Within the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society:


ZooCrew Counselor

The Opportunity:

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is looking to hire 3 Counselors for our Summer ZooCrew program.

Position Overview:

ZooCrew Counselors will be responsible for a group of 15 – 20 participants between the ages of 4 – 12 years for one-week sessions. They are responsible for delivering daily programming that includes zoo tours, crafts, animal presentations, games, and recreation. Lessons include but are not limited to the topics of ecology, zoology, conservation, and biology.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensure the safety of all program participants, including during any potential emergency situations that arise
  • Build a good rapport with participants and parents
  • Facilitate fun, engaging summer programs to a wide range of ages that include games, activities, crafts, tours of the zoo, and animal encounters
  • Set up and break down classroom for programming
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) volunteers (ages 13 – 17)
  • Provide excellent customer service and represent the Zoo professionally
  • Inventory, prepare, maintain, and put away program supplies
  • Communicate effectively with parents, CITs, other ZooCrew counselors, the ZooCrew Director, the Director or Education, and all other Zoo staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • 18+ years old
  • Must be responsible, dependable, creative, flexible, and enthusiastic
  • Experience working with children
  • One or two year’s experience in environmental or informal education (camp experience preferred)
  • Customer service experience
  • An appreciation for inquiry-based, conservation education and an understanding of BPZOO’s mission
  • General knowledge of life sciences and conservation issues
  • Ability to adapt andthink on your feet
  • Ability to work independently and with co-facilitators
  • Strong communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • First Aid/CPR certified (or willing to become certified)
  • Able to work outside in varying conditions
  • Successful candidates must pass background check

Please note that other appropriate, professional tasks and responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the Director of Education.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Alternatively, a single package of requested elements may be submitted to Buttonwood Park Zoo, Attn: Sara Van Wormer, 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740. 

Job Type: Full-time, Seasonal

Pay: $15 per hour

Schedule: Monday-Friday: training on July 1-3, ZooCrew running July 8 – August 16

Deadline: This is a rolling hiring process with decisions being made by June 3rd, 2024

Don’t see any open positions that fit what you’re looking for? Volunteering is a wonderful way to gain direct experience. For more information about volunteering at the Zoo, please visit our Volunteer Page.

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