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Work at LSNC Summer Camp!

Summer Camp Educators!Staff positions for the 2017 summer our now full. Please check our website in December 2017 for 2018 camp postings.

Dear Prospective Summer Camp Educators,

We are seeking energetic and passionate candidates to serve as Summer Camp Educators for our dynamic, 12-week Summer Camp program. LSNC camps encourage discovery, learning, and outdoor play for kids ages 4-11. Our camps are incredibly active and take place outside—even when it is raining, hot, or chilly. Summer Camp Educators 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.

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 and Public Programs Director

Job Title: Summer Camp Educator

Reports To: Camp and Public Programs Director

Terms of Employment
Summer Camp Educators must be available to work Monday through Friday (including some early mornings and later evenings), June 19, 2017 – September 1, 2017, and are required to attend a week-long training from June 12-16, 2017. First-year Summer Camp Educators will be paid an hourly rate of $10/hour not exceeding 40 hours a week. Returning Summer Camp Educators will be paid an hourly rate of $11/hour not exceeding 40 hours a week. Summer Camp Educators are eligible for one, unpaid week of vacation throughout the summer, if desired, pending approval by the Camp and Public Programs Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Attend a 40-hour paid staff training during the entire week of June 12, 2017.
  • Co-lead 11 weeks of nature and science-themed camps targeted for youth ages 4-11, including some off-site trips.
  • Provide high quality customer service to campers, parents, and community partners.
  • Care for, maintain, and develop high-quality program supplies and equipment; Maintain cleanliness and safety of all program and office spaces.
  • Ensure safety of site, activities, and participants; report any accidents, injuries, and safety concerns as required by camp licensing guidelines. Deliver first-aid and emergency care as necessary according to certification.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with all members of the LSNC team to ensure overall success of LSNC programming; Complete necessary camp paperwork.
  • Provide direction and coaching to assigned high school volunteers.
  • Work in all weather conditions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Current certification or ability to be certified in Adult and Child CPR/First Aid (CPR/First Aid training is provided at no cost to staff on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 3pm-8:30pm. If unable to attend provided CPR/First Aid training, staff member must obtain the credentials at their own cost, prior to the first day of camp.)
  • Able to receive a clean criminal background check, central registry clearance, and three positive references (from non-relatives) prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, walk long distances and on uneven terrain, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in an environment which includes exposure to environmental allergens including, but not limited to, dust, mold, pollen, live birds, insects, and other animals.
  • A strong and active interest in learning and personal growth, including self-assessment and receiving feedback from colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.

Desired Qualifications
The more of these qualifications you posses, the stronger your application will be, but lack thereof does not rule you out of a position as long as you meet the above stated requirements.

  • Bachelors Degree or two years of experience in environmental education, interpretation, recreation or related field is desirable or teaching experience with nature-based centers or camps.
  • Previous experience working with youth.
  • Certified as a Lifeguard, Early Childhood Educator, or Interpretive Guide (through NAI).
  • Knowledge of Michigan’s natural history.
  • Ability to play a musical instrument(s) and willingness to play with/in front of kids; Willingness to learn and sing songs in a group.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills and ability to communicate with enthusiasm.
  • Computer literacy on a Microsoft-based platform.
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


Applications for the 2017 summer are now closed. Once applications open in December, they will be reviewed on a rolling basis and preference will be given to applications received first. Only complete, online application packets will be accepted. Please read this webpage completely before contacting Etta Heisler, Camp and Public Programs Director, with questions.

Important 2017 Dates and Deadlines

  • April: Opportunity for incoming staff to shadow spring camps
  • May: Pre-training reading packets and staff social gathering
  • June 7-8, CPR and First Aid Training for incoming staff
  • June 12-16: Mandatory Summer Camp Staff Training Week
  • June 19-September 1: 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.
  • Read more about our camp philosophy, structure, and themes on our summer camp pages!

You may contact Etta Heisler, Camp and Public Programs Director, with any questions regarding the Summer Camp Educator position and hiring process.