Work at Unity in Learning Summer Camp!

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. We are currently seeking energetic and passionate candidates to serve as staff members in our dynamic, 12-week Unity in Learning summer camp program. UIL camps encourage discovery, learning, and outdoor play for youth ages 4-13. Camp staff are responsible for planning educational activities using prepared curricula, leading day camp sessions, supervising field trips, participating in late pick-up activities for campers, and performing other tasks that support the safety and success of our camp. Summer Camp Educators may work at either of our two sites, Leslie Science & Nature Center in Ann Arbor or Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, while the Assistant Camp Director works only at Leslie Science & Nature Center.

Working at camp will be demanding of your time, energy, and emotions. It requires a great deal of self-motivation, patience, and creativity. It will also push you to grow by leaps and bounds as an educator, non-profit staff member, and person. You will be part of an amazing team, you will positively impact the lives of the youth that we serve, and you will spend your summer teaching, playing, and learning in the great outdoors.

Please read the following information carefully and submit your application as soon as possible. I look forward to meeting you in the future, and wish you the best of luck!

Etta Heisler,
LSNC Camp & Public Programs Director

2018 Open Positions

Apply Now!

Summer Camp Educator
Only online applications are accepted. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with preference given to those who apply early. The application will close on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Assistant Camp Director - Leslie Science & Nature Center
Email a PDF of your resume, complete contact information for three professional references, and typed responses to the following questions to by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Only complete, emailed application packets will be accepted.

  • Why do you want to work as LSNC's Assistant Camp Director? What would you hope to learn or achieve in this role? (Max. 150 words)
  • What is the point of summer camp? What is an Assistant Camp Director's role in fulfilling the purpose of summer camp? (Max. 150 words)
  • Describe a work or volunteer experience that demonstrates the skills and/or characteristics you have that will make you an effective Assistant Camp Director. (Max. 300 words)
  • Share a story from your work or volunteer experience about a time you made a mistake. Describe the situation. What did you do? What was the outcome? What did you learn or what would you do differently in the future? (Max. 300 words)

Important 2018 Dates and Deadlines

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Assistant Camp Director Application Deadline
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018: Summer Camp Educator Applications Due
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018: Mandatory Group Interview Days
  • Late March, April: Opportunity for incoming staff to shadow spring camps
  • May: Pre-training reading packets and staff social gathering
  • June 4-8, CPR and First Aid Training for incoming staff, exact time and dates TBD
  • June 11-15: Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Training Week
  • June 18-August 31: Summer Camp! 

More Information 

  • 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 throughout the summer. 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.
  • LSNC has no nursing or food service staff. Educators provide basic first-aid and snack service to campers.

You may contact Etta Heisler, Camp and Public Programs Director, with any questions regarding summer camp positions and hiring processes.