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Summer Naturalist

Job type:Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources


Summer Naturalists work alongside our full-time, year-round Naturalists to plan and lead programs and activities for Indian Creek Nature Center Creek Camps. Summer Naturalists will gain valuable, practical experience in environmental education, program development and leadership.


  • Assist and lead a variety of outdoor, experiential, science and nature based Creek Camp activities for children ages 4 to 12 years old.
  • Prepare materials, set up facilities, and clean up after programs.
  • Support the development of camp curriculum for a variety of camp ages and themes.
  • Assist in camp management. Help set rules and boundaries for campers alongside coworkers.
  • Set up tent and other gear needed for overnight campouts at the Nature Center. Help prepare dinner and breakfast for campers. Supervise campers overnight.
  • Occasionally assist and lead youth, adult and public programs including but not limited to: summer group field trips, public programs, special events and birthday parties.
  • Perform first aid if needed. Follow all policies and procedures set by the Nature Center. Ensure the safety of each camper.

Starting salary:
$9 an hour, seasonal

Company benefits:
Flexible schedule, 1 free rental of Amazing Space per year, discounted rentals of Amazing Space, discount in Creekside Shop, free use of ICNC kayaks and canoe, free firewood.

High school courses important to the position:
An affinity for the outdoors, experience working with children or youth, leadership experience.

Training, certifications, or degree needed to qualify for the position:
Eighteen years or older with a high school diploma required. Love of working with and teaching children in the outdoors. Some college coursework in natural resources, biology, interpretation and/or environmental education preferred. Previous interpretation, environmental education or summer camp experience is preferred. Ability to pass a background check. First aid and CPR certified (can be completed upon hiring).

Specific skills that your business recognizes as fundamental to employment (life skills):
Energetic, professional demeanor, positive attitude and motivation. Experience and passion working with children outdoors. Basic knowledge of local ecology, biology, and natural resources. Good written and oral communication and leadership skills are a must. Adept at identifying and solving problems. Ability to share and teach information. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds unassisted. Ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, balance, climb, operate hand tools, work in a variety of weather conditions, and have the ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Advancement opportunities in the company:
Our Summer Naturalists can apply for a year-round position (Event Assistant or Program Assistant) upon completion of their summer work.

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