Camp Counselor Requirements

Application Process:

  • Complete and submit the online application no later than April 16th
  • Submit a letter of recommendation no later than April 16th, or at your interview if this date has passed
  • Schedule your interview online with the Education Department, no later than April 16th
  • Complete an interview no later than April 30th
  • Attend the mandatory training session on Sunday, May 21st 

Schedule Requirements:

Camp Counselors must work full week (Monday-Friday) shifts. Counselors may complete their requirements by working one camp week of full day (8am-5pm) shifts or two camp weeks of half day (8am-1pm or 12pm-5pm) shifts. If you have any questions about the scheduling please email or call (916) 808-8814.

Camp Counselor shifts are Monday-Friday. You can choose to work a half day or a full day for the week. Counselors are required to commit to the same shift time for the entire week (Monday-Friday). The shift start times are not flexible and you are required to attend every day of the week of your assigned camp weeks. Please keep this in mind when submitting your availability.

Zoo Camp Shift Times:

AM shift: 8am - 1pm
PM shift: 12pm - 5pm
Full day: 8am - 5pm (lunch 12pm - 1pm) 


If selected to participate, a program fee of $45 will be due at the mandatory training session on May 21.  Please do not submit payment before this date.

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