Summer Camp Naturalist


Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

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Tesha Omeis

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Petersburg, PA
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Teach kids outside about nature while learning, making new friends and creating memories to last a lifetime! Gain experience in communication, leadership, collaboration, professionalism and critical thinking. Be creative in the creation of nature-based activities and games to play with campers. In a nutshell, have fun this summer while growing skills you'll use you whole life (with people that may become lifelong friends).


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  • You will work 47–50 hours each week.
    • Almost all of those hours are outdoors (regardless of weather conditions) with children and peers on/along narrow dirt trails in nature.
    • Access to bathrooms in stalls depends upon the schedule for the day, but is typically every 2 or 3 hours.
    • Gear for yourself and activities is carried on you (in your backpack or provided pack basket) and is likely to weigh 10–15 lbs.
  • Training: Monday–Friday, typically 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., for the first two full weeks in June.
    • Training will include certification in First Aid, CPR, AED, and Epi-Pens. (Certification in advance of training is not needed.)
    • Training time includes peer bonding opportunities, techniques for working with children, example games/activities, lesson planning guidance, time on the trails, emergency procedures, and what a day of camp really looks/feels like.
  • Camp week hours worked: Monday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Tuesday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Saturday (having likely stayed overnight via camping on-site and only three times a summer), 6:00–9:00 a.m.
    • These hours include a staff meeting and limited prep time in the morning, as well as meetings at the end of the day.
  • There is a “mid-season” week over the week of July 8, 2024. We will have off that Monday and Friday but will be on-site 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with professional development opportunities, some social time, goal check-ins, and other sessions related to grounding/centering halfway through the program season.
  • It is absolutely ideal if someone can commit to the entire June 2–August 3, 2024, time frame. While it is a lot of weeks, it is the way to get the most out of this experience. With only a subset of that time to learn, grow, try new things, and be with your new camp friends, folks miss out. In the words of a past part-summer staff member during the last week of the season, “Now I understand why you want people to work the whole summer.”
    • If you absolutely cannot commit to the entire time frame, you must at least be able to commit to the two full weeks of training and three weeks of program.
    • If there is a specific day or time that you have an important life event (like you are graduating), we will likely be able to work with you on that. But you must share that information with us during your interview so we are aware.


Compensation Information

  • Pay is $9.50/hour for the first 40 hours worked per week. Hours above 40 earn time and a half. Over the course of the summer, this translates to about $4,300 before taxes.
  • Housing may be available for out-of-the-area applicants. (There are a few rooms available; they are filled on need and a first-hire basis.)