Science Camp Instructor

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00pm



Lisle, IL
United States

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Job Description:

Teach school aged children science and nature-discovery activities related to the Morton Arboretum’s remarkable and varied natural areas and seasonal exhibits.  Develop science curriculum for each camp, under the guidance of the Science Camp and Scout Programs Supervisor, utilizing education design standards.  Lead groups of up to 15 students in assigned grade level from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Along with an assistant, guide students on engaging and fun hiking trips on the Arboretum’s grounds and facilitate outdoor and indoor science discovery activities, incorporating scientific tools such as collection nets, microscopes, binoculars, etc.   


Bachelor’s degree in the discipline of education, interpretation or natural sciences required.  2+ years teaching children in a formal or non-formal setting required.  Certified teachers preferred.  Basic knowledge of science-related topics required.  Must become certified and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR (classes provided). 

Success Factors:

Ability to engage and excite children about the natural world.  Good verbal skills and an enthusiasm toward learning.  Ability to maintain interest and discipline of up to 15 students during a weeklong camp experience.  Flexible, constructive, and courteous approach to parents, children, and summer science camp staff.  Stamina and ability to participate in outdoor programs in various weather conditions.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity:  limited lifting and carrying (up to 15 lbs.), biking, hiking, climbing, kneeling, ability to travel over one mile on paved, wood-chipped, and dirt paths over varied and uneven terrain.
Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoors and outdoors environment, in various weather conditions.

Equipment: General office equipment, scientific tools, microscopes, handheld GPS unit, two-way radio, educational materials, appropriate protective clothing. 
Schedule:  The position requires availability for seven of the eight weeks of camp, attending a mandatory orientation meeting, two additional training sessions, and weekly staff meetings.       

Availability requirements for 2017

Must be available attend a mandatory summer camp orientation meeting on Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm.  Must be available to work seven out of the eight weeks of camp, five days a week (8:30 am-12:15 pm, 8:30 am-3:15 pm, or 11:45 am-3:45 pm depending on grade level and camp session) for assigned weeks (opportunities available June 5-August 4; July 3-7 week off).  Additional camp sessions are available as optional work the week of August 7-11.  Must attend 2 additional training sessions (sessions scheduled in May, dates TBD).  A mandatory all-staff meeting (for each week of camp) is held every Monday morning at 8:00 am (for full day and morning camps) or at 11:15 am (for afternoon camps).

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