Male Overnight Camp Instructor

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The Male Overnight 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 Male Overnight Camp Instructor will also assist with other education and outreach related tasks as assigned.    


Essential Job Functions of the Male Overnight Camp Instructor include:

  • Responsibility for the instruction and well-being of 4 - 10 youth, 24 hours a day for the duration of overnight camp sessions, which are 6 days/5 nights and 9 days/8 nights long.
  • Responsibility for the instruction and well-being of up to 18 youth for a five-day day camp session, including one overnight.
  • Driving vehicles rented by Bird Conservancy to provide transportation for campers and luggage.
  • Providing supervision and instruction to all campers during hikes, field trips and other traditional camp 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.
  • Providing and preparing stories, skits, stunts, games, songs, etc. prior to the start of camp for cabin time, rainy days, or any other free times.  
  • Leading group check-ins each night before bed.
  • 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 Program 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, with a focus in ornithology.
  • Experience developing and leading environmental, science, leadership, and/or outdoor adventure programs for diverse audiences in formal and non-formal outdoor and classroom settings.
  • Five years of experience as an avid birder, as well as experience leading educational programs related to birding.
  • Specific knowledge and experience regarding bird identification and natural history
  • 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 (WFA or WFR Preferred).
  • 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:

Monday, May 29, 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; room and board provided during overnight camps.

Contact Name:

Allison Fowle

Contact Phone:

303-659-4348 x. 18

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