Day Camp Instructor

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Brighton, CO
United States

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The Day Camp Instructor will work under the direct supervision of the Camps and Family Programs Specialist to provide high quality bird conservation camps and programs to the Denver Metro area by (1) teaching and supervising campers during Summer Nature Camps (50%), (2) assisting with preparation for Summer Nature Camps (25%), (3) assisting with administrative and management tasks for Summer Nature Camps (10%), and (4) providing education and outreach programming at Bird Conservancy’s Environmental Learning Center and other venues (15%). The Summer Education Nature Camps Instructor will also assist with other education and outreach related tasks as assigned.    

Essential Job Functions of the Summer Nature Camps Instructor specific to day camps include:

  • Assisting in coordination and supervision of Leaders-in-Training and Volunteers during day camp programs.
  • Sharing responsibility with other Summer Nature Camps staff to ensure the well-being of 5-20 youth during day camps, which vary in length from two to seven hours each day.
  • Driving vehicles rented by Bird Conservancy to transport campers to and from field trip sites.
  • Providing supervision and instruction to all campers during hikes, field trips and nature/conservation-focused activities, while abiding by all of Bird Conservancy’s Summer Nature Camp Policies.
  • Teaching lessons on natural history, ornithology, science, research, conservation, field journaling, and nature awareness/appreciation.
  • Monitoring and ensuring good camper hygiene.  
  • Responsibility for the safety and upkeep of all program equipment. 
  • Responsibility for camper discipline and group management, and taking campers whose behavior is beyond the scope of frontline staff to the Camps and Family Programs Specialist.
  • Being available and flexible to provide support and fill in at any area of the camp at all times

Required Education and Experience:

  • Must be a college student or graduate (preferred), who is working toward or has a degree in Education, Environmental Studies, Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field.
  • Experience developing and leading environmental, science, leadership, and/or outdoor adventure programs for diverse audiences in formal and non-formal outdoor and classroom settings.
  • Specific knowledge and experience regarding bird identification and natural history (birding expertise preferred)
  • Prior experience in day and/or overnight camp settings.
  • Must be at least 21 years old, with a clean driving record, valid U.S. Driver’s License, and insurance.
  • Able to clear state and federal background checks.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications.
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to lift/carry 40 pounds, and able to hike long distances at elevation.
  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Publisher software programs.
  • Effective communication skills, including public speaking and communication through multiple media (print, TV, radio, internet, public events, etc.).
  • Strong organizational and logistical skills, and able to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Responsible, creative, enthusiastic, flexible, and dedicated to providing a safe and age-appropriate learning environment

Please see attached position description for more details.

Position Start Date:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and list of at least three references (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) in a single document to: Allison Fowle at


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Compensation Information:

$2000/month, paid biweekly. Housing provided at the Environmental Learning Center (a short drive from downtown Denver), including private room, high-speed internet access, and full kitchen.

Contact Name:

Allison Fowle

Contact Phone:

(303) 659-4348 x. 18

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