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Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary

Summer Camp Instructor

Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary


Job Summary

GENERAL FUNCTIONS:  Ensure summer programming runs smoothly by assisting with the activities and overall operations. Owl’s Hill youth summer day camp program focuses on animals, conservation and the environment.

Camp starts May 30, 2023 and ends August 4, 2023 (M-F).  Mandatory training on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, 2023 (8 am – 4 pm; lunch provided).

Work Schedule:  Generally Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (early-care shift) OR 8 am – 4 pm (regular shift) OR 9 am – 5 pm (after-care shift). All shifts include 30-minute paid lunch break. 

Job Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the health, safety, supervision and well-being of summer camp participants.
  • Instruct curriculum utilizing age-appropriate lessons, activities, crafts, hikes and games.
  • Serve as a positive role model for youth.
  • Create a positive environment that encourages active learning for camp participants.
  • Participate in program activities (class time and outdoor activities) and work to involve all children in program activities.
  • Develop and maintain positive relations with all staff, parents, volunteers and participants.
  • Maintain supplies and equipment in good condition. Report damages.
  • Maintain a safe, orderly program area and report any damage. Inspect facilities daily.
  • Assist with the set-up and take-down of camp materials
  • Assist director with administrative tasks such as processing paperwork, photocopying, etc.
  • Attend all staff meetings.
  • Position may include supervising campers in early- or extended-day program.

Environmental Conditions & Physical Demands

  • There is manual labor during the set-up and break-down of camp activities
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of time, bend down and ambulate quickly.

Successful candidates are subject to a background check prior to hiring. All staff are required to attend mandatory training on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, 2023 from 8 am – 4 pm (lunch will be provided).


Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and productive manner with diverse age groups
  • Solid problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoys working with children in a youth development, camp, or education setting
  • Ability to multi-task; follow policies and procedures; prioritizes tasks
  • Enthusiasm and appreciation for the value of nature


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Experience working with children. Informal education experience or past summer camp experience – a plus
  • Interest in nature and the environment
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification – a plus

Additional Information


Gain leadership and activity planning skills, learn about nature center careers, gain experience working with youth, gain valuable knowledge of native plants and animals.

How to Apply


Please complete the Summer Camp Application Form (PDF) and submit electronically to Director of Education at Please include CAMP INSTRUCTOR in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Due to the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


  • Date Posted: April 26, 2023
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 05/25/2023
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F,