Dates: Now – August 30th; Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)
Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.
Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:
- Think more creatively and critically
- Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
- Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
- Increase their fitness level and distance vision.
Riverbend is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and passionate counselors to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp. Each week 80-100 children, ages 3–13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery. The atmosphere is friendly and child-centered. Curriculum is interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation. Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead counselor and supported by an assistant counselor.
- Assistant counselors will work with a specific age group for the majority of the summer. Age groups will be designated based on experience and interest.
- Assistant counselors will be required to assist Counselors in interpreting existing curriculum and amend it for age appropriate lesson plans each day. Assistant Counselors and Counselors are encouraged to collaborate in this process.
- Assistant counselors support Counselors with behavioral and group management and implement some of the lesson plans with a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility. This could include chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups.
- Assistant counselors and Counselors are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Counselor-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
- General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.
- Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background check.
- Working towards or earned Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
- Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
- Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
- Some experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
- Strong oral communication skills
- Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include early mornings, late afternoons and occasional overnights.
- First Aid and CPR trained (will offer training option if not current)
Physical and Medical Standards
- Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
- Ability to work independently and in groups
- No allergy to plants, animals or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
- Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
- No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania, through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens.
Apply for this job
Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to Rosemary Arnold, Manager of Education Programs
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