Nature Education Specialist
Job Title: Program Specialist: Nature, Science or Environmental Education
Reports to: Program Manager
To further the mission of the camp through the development and delivery of nature or environmental activities that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities and reflect the camp’s commitment to stewardship of the natural environment.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Develop and deliver a nature or environmental program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers and utilizes the camp’s natural environment
-Write lesson plans that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers and encompass environmental studies with topics such as geology and soils, plant adaptations,
wildlife habitat, basic astronomy, water studies, animal science, and natural history.
-Implement a variety of age and ability appropriate activities in the above stated environmental areas.
-Evaluate the success of the nature or environmental program.
2. Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures
-Assist in the implementation of staff training for nature or environmental studies.
-Train other staff in their responsibilities in their nature or environmental studies.
-Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures.
3. Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the nature or environmental program area
-Maintain the nature or environmental equipment.
-Be responsible for observing hazards or enhancements in the natural environment and alerting other appropriate staff.
-Ensure that the nature or environmental equipment and supplies are inventoried and steps are taken to replace them in a timely manner.
-Conduct a daily check of the area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
Other Job Duties:
-Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.
-This position is sometimes combined with another position, such as Counselor. Job duties outline schedule that each position should be focused on.
-Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
Program Specialists often have direct relationships with the counseling staff and may actually serve as a counselor with a camper group when not on duty in their activity area.
-Documented experience in nature or environmental instruction or documented training and experience.
-Current certification in first aid and CPR.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
-Training and experience in teaching nature or environmental studies to children.
-Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions.
-Knowledge of natural history, biology, ecology, and related fields.
-Experience with care and maintenance of natural displays, exhibits, aquariums and lab equipment preferred but not required.
Physical Aspects of the Position:
-Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
-Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
-Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
-Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
-Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
Rev. 11/2016 Camp Taloali Nature Education Specialist PD