Summer Camp Lead Teacher

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Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00am



Seattle, WA
United States

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Program Mission

True Nature Kids’ mission is to support children to:
    - Nurture a sense of wonder;
    - Develop a positive and life-affirming sense of self;
    - Realize their full potential;
    - Connect with and learn about place; and
    - Create healthy and mutually supportive relationships, with people and with the natural world. 

We do this through programs that give children the opportunity to learn, be, play, and explore together in our local woodland habitat & city parks.

Description of True Nature Kids Programs

In all our programs, we deepen our connection to place and build friendships by spending quality time together and engaging our senses in the forest and park. We run through meadows, lay on the forest floor, play and invent games, observe and learn from plants and animals, discover special places, build shelters together, and get our hands in the mud.

At True Nature, children may have the unique opportunity to be exposed to some of the most ancient outdoor skills of the human race: basket weaving, wild edible and medicinal plant knowledge, using tools, working with wool and animal skins, and lots more!

These tactile & hands-on experiences are grounded in a philosophy of process-oriented learning (the experience of learning is more important than the outcome or product created) and a goal of prioritizing the child's emotional and social development and awareness.

We offer a safe environment within which children can explore their interests and pursue what they are drawn to, with a deep commitment to outdoor experience and all things hands-on. Influences on our approach include: emergent curriculum, the Project Approach, Anji Play, and the forest schools & waldkindergartens of Norway, Britain, Denmark, & Germany. The activities we do on a given day are often born out of a combination of teachers’ and children's interests & responses to the natural & social environment. (This is supported by a teacher: student ratio of 1:7 or better.)

Children will be encouraged to participate and try new things but not forced to do anything. There is a balance between guided activities that expose children to new possibilities and spontaneous pursuit of what children are interested in. The role of the teacher is one of a facilitator who ensures everyone's safety and health as well as feeds and expands upon children's learning.

Seasonal Camps Description

At True Nature Kids, we connect with place and each other through experiencing the outdoors and our senses in new and different ways: blindfold walks, camouflage games, magnifying lenses, micro-hikes, scent trails, and more. We learn by physically and emotionally changing our perspective, imagining and "trying on" how different people or creatures experience the environment and exploring "what if" questions and storytelling together. Mornings include opportunities for mixed-media creative work and children may also have the opportunity for supervised tool work.

For more information and photographs, please see our Facebook page:

OR our registration portal on 6Crickets:

Job Purpose

Summer Camp Lead Teacher works closely with Assistant Teacher, with Director support, to mentor children in the Summer Camp program and to deliver a loving, engaging, safe, inspiring, and developmentally appropriate experience as well as form positive relationships with families. Lead collaborates with Director on planning curriculum for summer camps as well as with Assistant Teacher and Director on weekly reflection on children’s learning and experiences and preparation for the following week. Lead Teacher will also assist with supervision of any volunteers.

Job Duties

Program/Teaching Support (8-9 hours/week):

  • Arrive prior to the start of the program to help set up, clean and survey the site, and prep materials for the day. Stay after the end of the program to help clean up. (1 hour/day)
  • Meet with Assistant Teacher & Director one afternoon per week for reflection & prep (3-4 hrs/week).

Daily Program Delivery (20 hours/week):

  • Collaborate with Director on curriculum design and with Assistant Teacher on curriculum implementation for 6-7 weeks of summer camp.
  • Greet children and their families, make sure parents sign in and out, and conduct daily health screenings.
  • Ensure children’s physical, emotional, and social well-being and safety in an all-weather outdoor environment.
  • Lead and facilitate a variety of fun summer activities: games, crafts, trail walks, science experiments, storytelling.
  • Conduct health and safety operations, including cleaning and sanitizing on a regular basis.
  • Develop positive, strengths-focused relationships with children and their families.
  • Connect with and get to know children and quickly identify their needs and interests.
  • Make decisions and communicate with staff/volunteers to carry out and adapt program activities based on children’s and teachers’ needs and interests and the circumstances of the location.
  • Demonstrate integrity and maturity in all program interactions.
  • Communicate kindly and effectively with children, staff, volunteers, and parents.
  • Help provide direction and guidance to volunteers, interns, and any special guests.
  • Pick up or prepare supplies and materials (such as library books, extra snacks, etc). (All purchases for program use are reimbursable.)
  • Conduct safety protocols and take the lead in emergency situations to carry out emergency procedures.
  • Observe children & self for reflective practice. Engage weekly in meaningful reflection on teaching practice for professional growth and program evaluation.
  • May need to speak with members of the public occasionally to answer their questions or reinforce safety guidelines.


Required Qualifications:

  • ECE Initial Certificate or other formal training in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or equivalent.
  • Be at least 18 years of age and clear a background check through MERIT registry.
  • Prior experience working with children ages 5-11.
  • Prior experience working in outdoor education.
  • First Aid/CPR Training (complete by July 5).
  • Mandatory Reporter Training (complete by July 5).
  • Child Care Basics Training (complete by July 5).

Desired Background, Experience, or Training:

  • Outdoor Summer Camps
  • Multilingual, Bilingual
  • Inclusive/Anti-Bias Education, Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Pacific Northwest Ecology
  • Physical Education, Games
  • Dance, Music, Education
  • Theater & Improvisation
  • Ancestral, Wilderness, Outdoor Skills
  • Positive Discipline or other similarly-minded social-emotional curricula
  • Forest School and Forest School Principles
  • Anji Play or Te Whariki Curricula
  • Reflective Practice Pedagogy

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Working Conditions

  • Knowledge of children’s needs and development for this age group (5-11 years old).
  • Avid life-long learner.
  • Resourceful, innovative, and motivated designer of curriculum that is applicable to a wide age range and responsive and adaptable to children’s interests and abilities.
  • Ability to identify and capitalize on students’, families’, and staff members’ strengths and interests including in challenging situations. Strengths-focused growth mindset.
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Outstanding time management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, delegate, and make decisions in the moment. 
  • Knowledge of or the desire to learn outdoor skills (ancestral and wilderness skills, tool use, etc).
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather for extended periods of time; ability to convey enthusiasm, confidence, and skill to children regarding being outside in all weather.
  • Physical health, coordination, and fitness level sufficient for carrying a 30-pound backpack up and down trails with stairs, and playing games that require running.
  • Take the lead in carrying out emergency procedures in the event of an emergency.

Salary and Benefits

The Lead Teacher will earn $20-$23 DOE for 7-9 weeks, paid every other week. This is a non-exempt position. 

Additional Benefits currently include:

Paid Sick Leave and Workers Compensation

Job Dates and Schedule

Start Date June 20, 2022. This date is negotiable and includes a week for training and curriculum planning/prep prior to the start of camp.

Summer Camps run from July 5 through August 20, contingent upon camp enrollment. This is a seasonal position continuing for 7-9 weeks (June 20 through August 20) ending August 20, with potential to continue with seasonal camps or after-school programs during the school year. We strongly prefer candidates who can commit to working the full summer.

Schedule: 9am-1pm Monday through Friday with an additional 3-4 hour meeting one afternoon per week (the day is negotiable) for reflection/planning in coordination with other Co-Teacher and Director.

Hours: 28-29 hrs/week

Reports to: Director

How to Apply:

Please send resume, letter of interest, and times available for interviewing to