Outdoor Education Leaders & Adventure Guides

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Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00am


Philadelphia, PA
United States

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Adventure Treks
The Schuylkill Center's Summer Adventure Treks is an environmentally focused adventure camp for teens and pre-teens. Week long programs are designed to challenge campers emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe and supportive environment. We are seeking highly motivated, energetic leaders to plan adventure based outdoor activities for students between the ages 10-12 and 13-15. Educators will plan and facilitate activities and lessons that align with a weekly theme. Leaders should be comfortable creating a community atmosphere that encourages kids to step outside of their comfort zones and makes all participants feel self-assured and vital to the groups camping experience. 

Outdoor Educators/Leaders; Seasonal Position (2 positions)
In this camp the first part of the week is spent on the Schuylkill Center campus in a day camp setting: exploring the forests, ponds, and streams of the property while keeping focus on the overall theme of the week. The second part brings participants to various locations in the Mid-Atlantic region to spend 2 nights camping and guiding participants through planned activities and events.                                                            

Duties include: leading team building activities, supervising outdoor recreation activities, keeping participants engaged and focused, plan portions of the trips, maintain camping equipment, maintain specialized outdoor education equipment, lead or assist hikes, lead camping trips (camp set-up, clean-up, cooking, etc.), participate in outdoor adventure activities such as biking, rafting, canoeing, archery, swimming, and climbing. A week of paid training will be provided.

Outdoor Educator is for you if: You have a moderate endurance level for camping and summer activities such as swimming, canoeing, and hiking. Education background in biology, environmental education, or related field with a personal background of camping, swimming, rafting, etc.

Adventure Guides; Seasonal Position (2 positions) *Month of July Only*
In this camp, while with the 10-12 age group, staff will conduct activities on the Schuylkill Center grounds for 1-2 days then lead camping trips for 3 days from Wednesday- Friday. During the 13-15 camp weeks, staff will meet participants at the Schuylkill Center on Monday and depart for a 5 day 4 night camping trip.

Duties include: leading team building activities, supervising outdoor recreation activities, planning and teaching environmental education classes in an engaging manner, planning portions of the trips, maintaining camping equipment, maintaining specialized outdoor education equipment, leading or assisting hikes, leading 5 day camping trips (camp set-up, clean-up, cooking, etc.), participating in outdoor adventure activities such as biking, rafting and climbing as needed.

Adventure guides is for you if: You love adventure! You have a high endurance for long camping trips and summer activities such as whitewater rafting, ziplining, and mountain biking.


  • Must be comfortable in the outdoors and familiar with outdoor recreation and natural sciences
  • Experience camping and planning camping trips
  • Capable of supervising teens and pre-teens, planning and cooking meals; maintaining specialized gear
  • Able to drive a 12-passenger van and submit a valid driver’s license.
  • Employees should bring a positive attitude to the Schuylkill Center and be able to work in a team/group setting
  • Must be a positive role model for youth and be enthusiastic about the programming we have to offer
  • We provide First Aid/CPR certification if hired. However, we prefer Wilderness First-Aid/First Responder certification 
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or science preferred

Background Clearances: Finalists are responsible for providing a valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearance, state criminal background check, FBI criminal background check, and any other background check that the Schuylkill Center requires based on the applicant’s state residency.

Dates of Employment: Outdoor Leader - position begins on June 4, 2018 and ends on August 17, 2018. Adventure Guide - July 2 - 20, 2018.

Compensation: $550 - $600 per week. Please note that housing is not provided on days off.

We value a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse work community and we strongly encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. E.O.E.


How to Apply:

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:


Please state in the subject line of the email which camp you are most interested in working with (E.g. Summer Adventure Treks Outdoor Educator). If asked to interview, you will sit down with managers of all camps to learn more about each camp.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Attention: Jakob Gelleri
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Application Closing Date: March 23, 2018