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Work at Unity in Learning Summer Camp!

A Letter From Our Camp Directors

Dear Prospective Summer Camp Staff,

Unity in Learning (UIL) is a ground-breaking partnership between Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum that provides opportunities for youth to discover, explore, and take flight through hands-on science experiences. In addition to a wide range of experiential education programs, we offer a dynamic 12-week summer camp program that is designed to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world.

Camp is a life changing place for many who spend their time here. At camp we push ourselves out of our comfort zone to try new experiences and do things that are hard. We get to explore the world around us and get our hands on the tools and skills necessary for scientific inquiry. We get to practice solving problems by working with others to find solutions, forging new and deep relationships in the process. We test ourselves through playing, teaching, and doing to develop real life skills and the resilience to practice them.

In order for camp to continue to be this amazing experience, it needs passionate, incredible people with a drive to do work that matters. People who possess and practice self-motivation, patience, and creativity. Who are willing to devote their time, energy, and emotions to an experience that will push them to learn and grow each and every day. People who want to be a part of an amazing team who challenge and support each other at every turn. We’re looking for people like you.

Now, camp is a real job, which means it isn’t all fun and games (though it is a lot of fun and games). There will be days where you are more challenged than you may have ever been before, and you’ll go home tired and sweaty wondering what you got yourself into. However, to those of us who call camp home, those days are the reason why we’re here. Because those are the days where you will cultivate new skills and strengths and find ways to become a better educator, a better teammate, and a better person. Which is really what camp is all about.

If you’re looking for a summer experience that will give you the opportunity to learn, grow, and flourish, then camp might just be the right place for you. Take some time to read more about the opportunity and send us any questions you might have. We hope to see your application soon.

Happy camping,

Zach and Melissa
Camp Programs Managers

For more information about how a job at camp might be a good fit, check out our recruitment packet!

Available Jobs at Camp

We have two different educator positions available on our team this summer. Please read the job descriptions carefully before completing the online application. If you are interested in multiple educator positions, you may indicate this on the application by checking a box, you do not need to complete multiple applications. Click on the link to see the job description for each position. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

  • Summer Camp Educator: This is a 12-week summer teaching position. There will also be an optional 13th week at the end of the summer for those available. We are are also looking for one staff member to receive a lifeguard certification (UIL will provide this certification) to serve as a lifeguard during water activities. This is not an additional position, but additional compensation during lifeguard shifts will be provided. 
  • Early Childhood Assistant - Leslie Science & Nature Center: This is a 12-week summer teaching and support position that includes lead facilitation of our Tykes preschool camp program. Those with a particular interest and experience in preschool aged education are encouraged to apply. There will also be an optional 13th week at the end of the summer for those available. Please note, the application short answer questions for htis position are different. If you apply to both the camp educator and this position, you should include answers to all unique questions. 
  • School Year Educator: We are also looking for qualified individuals who are interested in joining our team in February or March as a school year educator. These educators would be responsible for facilitating assorted environmental education programs in the spring season and then transition into camp in June. If you complete the summer camp application, you do not need to complete a separate application for this position. Just select the position when prompted in the camp application. 

Important 2020 Dates and Deadlines

  • February-April: Applications accepted,group interviews conducted, and offers made on a rolling basis. Hiring continues until all positions are filled. 
  • May: Pre-training reading packets and staff social gathering
  • Sunday-Friday, June 7-12: Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Training Week
  • June 15-August 28: Summer Camp! (Some flexibility on end dates may be available on a first come first served basis)
  • August 31-September 4: Optional additional week of camp for those with availability.

Group Interview Dates

By participating in group interviews candidates are able to demonstrate cooperation, collaboration, and flexibility. These skills are critical to a successful camp team and help to establish which candidates will be engaged by the team-oriented environment at camp. Group interviews are non-competitive and interviewees have expressed appreciation of the non-traditional nature of these interviews. While individual interviews are available to those who need them, we highly recommend applicants find a group interview date that works for them from the below options. 

  • Sat 2/29 - 10:00-12:30
  • Sun 3/15 - 10:00-12:30
  • Wed 3/25 - 5:00-7:30
  • Wed 4/8 - 5:00-7:30
  • Sat 4/18 - 10:00-12:30
  • Wed 5/6 - 5:00-7:30
  • Sat 5/16 - 10:00-12:30
  • Individual interviews are available in some circumstances and to out of town applicants.

More Information

  • Camp sessions are offered in both Environmental Education and STEM content areas and staff who have particular interest or background in these areas will have some opportunities to indicate the camp themes they are most interested in. 
  • On average, Summer Camp Educators will work between 35 and 40 hours a week, with an unpaid, 30-minute lunch each day.
  • Our summer camp is outside 90% or more of the camp day: rain or shine, hot or cold, buggy, dusty, or muggy.
  • Educators with requisite experience in camping will be eligible to work select one-night overnights with our middle school campers.
  • All educators will lead off-site field trips by foot or public bus.
  • Educators will have the opportunity to grow as leaders and mentor high school-age volunteers by providing coaching and performance feedback
  • Educators work collaboratively to create weekly lesson plans based on curricula provided by administrative staff.
  • In addition to teaching, educators are responsible for the cleaning of camp buildings, maintaining camp supplies, materials, and equipment, and completing required paperwork.
  • Camp has no nursing or food service staff. Educators provide basic first-aid and snack service to campers.

You may  contact our Camp Programs Managers, with any questions regarding summer camp positions and hiring processes at