Job Description


Implement summer day camp humane education program to engage children, nurturing a sense of compassion and respect for living beings and fostering humane attitudes toward animals.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the Education Manager and team of camp counselors to develop and implement summer camp curriculum.
  • Facilitate hands-on children’s activities and animal interactions with groups of children at HSPPR summer camp.
  • Prepare teaching materials and monitor camp supplies.
  • Treat animals humanely, acting as a positive role model.
  • Practice positive behavior management of children.
  • Train, work with, and supervise adult and teen volunteers in camp activities.
  • Promote HSPPR services, programs, and events. Participate in fundraising as assigned.
  • Provide quality customer service and a positive camp experience for clients.
  • Inform Youth Education Manager of any concerns or situations involving campers or volunteers.
  • Assist with administrative duties associated with the camp program, including schedules, attendance, parent communication, presentations, and check-in/-out.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with campers, parents, co-workers, and the public at all times.
  • Work cooperatively with staff and presenters, assisting with logistics and behavior management of campers.
  • Represent HSPPR in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Evaluate and modify camp materials and activities as needed.
  • Provide a safe, clean, and healthy environment for children and animals involved in summer camp programs. Ensure animal handling and safety protocol is being followed by staff, volunteers, and campers.
  • Monitor children at all times, reporting any concerns to Youth Education Manager.
  • Complete injury documentation for accidents and injuries.


  • Must be able to work the following dates:
    • Trainings on 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 5/27, and 5/28
    • All weeks of camp, M-F, from 8am-4pm
      • June 1st-5th
      • June 8th-12th
      • June 15th- 19th
      • June 22nd-26th
        • June 29th- July 3rd – Week off for July 4th (if you would like to work this week, we might have other teaching opportunities)
      • July 6th-10th
      • July 13th-17th
      • July 20th-24th
      • July 27th-31st
      • August 3rd-7th- cleanup week
    • Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR
    • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Duties:   None

Skills / Requirements

Our ideal candidate will bring to HSPPR the following combination of skills, knowledge and experience:

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, taste, and smell; use hands to feels and handle; sit and reach with arms and hands; and stand, walk, bend, stoop, or crouch while working with children and animals.  The employee frequently lifts or carries objects weighing up to 30 pounds when moving supplies or transporting animals.  The employee regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work.  Exposure to animals and animal allergens is constant.

     Education/Experience Necessary
    • High school diploma or GED.
    • Minimum 6 months experience working with children in education or related field.
    • Knowledge of animal behavior and animal handling experience preferred.
    • First aid/CPR training preferred.
    • Knowledge of learning styles and age-appropriate behavior.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Work schedule will be Mon - Fri and some Saturdays from 8am- 4pm from 61/20 through 8/7/20

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The Only AAHA Accredited Shelter in Colorado!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas County and the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 190 full and part-time employees.  Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment. 

Our core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community. 

HSPPR Operating Values: 

  • Compassion: We believe that kindness and respect toward animals is an essential element in building a more humane and civil society.  We work to elevate empathy and behavior in order to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect. 
  • Stewardship: We will responsibly manage expenses and revenue, acting for the long-term greater good of the organization, conserving our resources and preserving our environment. 
  • Integrity: We encourage honest dialogue about issues and solutions.  We are willing to explore all options and listen to all perspectives to arrive at the best decisions.  We take responsibility for our behavior –every action counts.   
  • Excellence: We make a difference every day.  We are committed to the safety and protection of people and animals.  We foster a learning environment, encourage new ideas, and care enough to provide constructive feedback. 
  • Collaboration: We are united in the pursuit of our mission.  We will be known as an organization that is inclusive, fair, and transparent. We expand and develop partnerships to further our mission.