Critter Camp Manager

Please see links to download application and information on submitting applicatoin at the bottom of this page. 

JOB TITLE: Camp Manager

SUPERVISOR: Humane Education Coordinator

STATUS: Temporary, Seasonal

SALARY: $17 per hour

Part-Time - March 4 - June 7: Flexible Schedule for training and preparation; ideal candidates will be able to help with single-day camps in spring, as part of training

Full-Time - June 10, 2019 - August 16, 2019: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Mandatory (NO Camp July 4) 

Part-Time August 19 - 23, 2019: Part-time, flexible schedule for camp clean up


Critter Camp (10 weeks in summer) is an exciting and very popular week-long day- camp at Woods Humane Society SLO that allows kids in grades 4th - 6th (roughly ages 9-12) to learn about, care for, and help animals in need. The Camp Manager is responsible for a variety of functions including: planning and coordinating activities and supplies for camp; designing and teaching lessons; overseeing group activities; supervising and mentoring children; caring for and handling a variety of animals, and assisting with the day-to-day management of camp and staff.

Individuals interested in experiencing the field of humane education and animal welfare are highly encouraged to apply. Teachers and student-teachers with a passion for animals and animal care would do well in this position. 

Read more about our camps, here:


The Woods Humane Society team thrives on bestowing all patrons with top-notch customer service; all animals with the best possible care our resources permit; to approach each and every animal and person with compassion and understanding; to perform daily in an effective and efficient manner and to provide a pleasurable work environment rich in practical learning and team work.


Two years of college-level units in Early Childhood Education, Recreation, Animal Science, Liberal Studies and/or Sociology or a degree in any of these fields of study; a minimum of 6 months of animal handling experience and/or childcare experience;  a desire and will to teach humane education and to work with children and animals. A valid California driver’s license and CPR/First Aid certification must be obtained prior to the June start date of camp. 


Possible exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets and potential hostile persons/children and/or vicious animals.

SCHEDULE: (Subject to Change)

Total Work Hours: up to 575
Total Camp Hours: up to 440
Total Camp Preparation/Clean-up Hours: Up to 135

Weekly Schedule During Camps:

(32.5 - 40 hours per week with 30 minute unpaid lunch break occurring by the 5th hour of work if working more than 5 hours in one day).

Sunday          Off * Potential to work 1-2 extra hours in small animal care depending on total work hours

Monday         8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday        8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Wednesday   8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday       8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday            8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday        Off

Note:  Due to the short term nature of this position, no time-off request will be granted for the duration of Critter Camp aside from the two pre-arranged dates in June and August.


Ability to lift and carry fifty pounds for 100 feet; bend and reach; control large dogs on a  leash; work with a variety of cleaning agents; work in an environment with daily changes in climate                                                                                                             



    • Complete one week of Animal Care training
    • Work with Humane Education Coordinator to prepare camp budget
    • Review/revise and print all necessary forms and applications
    • Confirm field trip locations and camp demonstrations
    • Plan and print camp curriculum and schedules
    • Work with the Humane Education Coordinator to prepare PSA, media press releases, and web site promotions
    • Design and order T-shirts
    • Prepare and solicit scholarships to local agencies
    • Work with the scholarship committee to approve scholarships and notify scholarship recipients
    • Create a craft supply list, research cost, receive ordering approval and order supplies
    • Work with the Humane Education Coordinator to determine if volunteers are needed and recruit them if so
    • Create graduation certificates to be given to each camper upon completion of the week long camp
    • Order water and dispenser stand for the duration of camp
    • Prepare camp room: to include chairs, tables and other items of need
    • Prepare First Aid kits for in-shelter use and to be taken on any outings
    • Ensure transportation has been appropriately arranged and confirmed for any off-site outings
    • Monitor all expenses to ensure they do not exceed the approved budget
    • Assist with interviews and hiring process for Camp Counselors
    • Send registration acceptance letters/postcards in a timely fashion
    • Notify all denied campers in a timely fashion
    • Once camp has begun perform weekly reminders to the next week’s attending campers

    • With the assistance of your Counselors and Junior Volunteers ensure a structured, non-chaotic, safe learning environment is maintained at all times to prevent interference with normal shelter operations to the best of your abilities
    • Oversee and partake in the day-to-day camp activities as Camp Manager to the participating children and their parents and as the supervisor of the Counselors and participating volunteers
    • Ensure field trips/demonstrations and transportation is confirmed for each week’s camp
    • Ensure all supplies are appropriately prepared for each week of camp
    • Ensure all medical releases (registration forms) have been pulled and are made readily available for that week’s camp in case of an emergency (they must travel with the camp if off-site events occur)
    • Ensure a weekly camp roster and schedule has been prepared and made available to the front office
    • Ensure Counselors and volunteers are prepared for daily activities in a timely and orderly manner


    • Clean up, organize and inventory camp supplies.
    • Write a camp review of what activities and lessons worked and what could be improved upon in the future.


    • Serve as a model in the humane treatment of all animals
    • Maintain a positive and professional attitude with all contacts, attendees, parents, coworkers and volunteers
    • Attend any requested meetings
    • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Humane Education Coordinator


You represent Woods Humane Society to our customers and the community. Your appropriate business attire should reflect the traditional standards that we have established for the operation of the shelter. Some departments within the society require uniforms. Uniform smocks are provided for personnel in these departments.


Completely Enclosed Shoes (such as tennis shoes or work type boots).
Pants or Shorts (short length is to fall just above the knee or right at the knee)  
Scrub tops, WHS camp T-shirt, WHS T-shirt, or T-shirts with no print (tank tops are not permitted)

Woods Humane Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, religion, (including, but not limited to, religious dress and grooming practices), family status, ancestry, citizenship, military and veteran status, filing of a workers’ compensation claim, or any other legally protected status. It is our intention that all applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

This job description explains and outlines qualifications and requirements specific to this position.  The job description may evolve over time including additions, deletions or further revisions as necessary.  Employment at Woods Humane Society in this position or in any other position is at-will and is for no set term. If hired, either you or Woods Humane Society may terminate the employment relationship at any time.

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Please submit application, resume and cover letter to

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