Half/Full Day Camp Counselor

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, April 10, 2017, 10:30am



Abington, PA
United States

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Seasonal Half/Full-Day Summer Camp Counselor

Briar Bush Nature Center (BBNC) seeks two enthusiastic, motivated counselors to teach children in an outdoor setting. The mission of Briar Bush is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect nature by encouraging curiosity and scientific inquiry.

Benefits of a Summer Experience with BBNC:

  • Experience teaching multiple age levels (4-7) in a day camp setting
  • Training in handling live animals for program use
  • Exposure to a variety of teaching techniques and learning styles in environmental education
  • Increased understanding of summer camp programming at a non-profit nature center
  • Potential to receive college credit for summer experience


  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp training
  • Communicate with Director of Public Programs (supervisor) in all aspects of summer camp
  • Plan and prepare environmental education lessons independently and alongside other camp staff
  • Act as primary educator for a maximum of 6 campers ages 4-6 during half-day camp and a maximum of 12 campers ages 6-7 during full-day camp (rotation)
  • Handle and use a variety of domesticated animals in camp programs
  • Manage two Camp Aides (teenage camp volunteers) during each camp week
  • Complete Camp Aide Evaluations regarding Camp Aide performance
  • Communicate professionally with camp parents regarding their questions and concerns
  • Keep necessary records for camp programming and management
  • Maintain quality program spaces by replacing all materials in a timely manner
  • Maintain a sense of professionalism at all times
  • Perform other camp-related duties, as needed


  • Prior experience working with children, preferably in a camp setting
  • Strong commitment to excite and teach children about the natural world
  • Ability to work with and handle live animals such as reptiles, insects, birds, and small mammals
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and problem-solving skills; reliable; flexible
  • Ability to work in a group environment
  • Physically able to teach outdoors in the summer over forested terrain
  • Ability to pass various background checks and drug test
  • Currently hold a valid driver’s license
  • Hold First Aid/CPR Certification or ability to pass First Aid/CPR Certification

General Definitions and Conditions of Work:

This is very active work requiring the exertion of  up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires sitting, reaching at waist level, and performing fine manipulation frequently; standing, walking, lifting, bending, crouching, kneeling, reaching at all levels occasionally; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinction in sound frequently; visual acuity (near vision frequently; mid and far vision, depth perception, color perception, and field of vision occasionally) and observing general surroundings and activities frequently. Walk on uneven trails in all conditions of weather.

Work Schedule and Location:

Seasonal Position: Start Date - May 22, 2017; End Date - September 1, 2017 (May have opportunity to extend End Date to September 8, 2017)

Counselor will be scheduled Monday-Friday; schedule varies week to week (Half-Day AM Camp, Half-Day PM Camp, Full-Day Camp)

$10/hour. Hours vary from 25-30 hours per week.

Location: Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001. Housing is unavailable.

Abington Township provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

How to Apply:

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Melissa Eldridge, Director of Public Programs: melissa@briarbush.org