Camp Coordinator Assistant

Montana Natural History Center

Job Description

Position Title: Camp Coordinator Assistant

Position Category: Full-Time, Seasonal

Salary: $16.00/hour

Duration: May 1st - August 25th, 2023


Have fun, get outdoors, and make a difference this summer while gaining valuable training and experience working in environmental education! The Summer Camp Coordinator Assistant will provide leadership and instruction for the Summer Instructors at MNHC’s full-day Summer Outdoor Discovery Day Camps at the Montana Natural History Center. As a camp coordinator assistant, you will help with different summer camp programming in both educational and support positions.


I. Summer Camp Assistant Responsibilities:

  1. Support  Summer Camp Instructors with daily responsibilities such as gathering supplies and materials, ensuring the classroom is clean and organized, ensuring that check-out runs smoothly, and being available for communications with parents at pick-up and drop off. 
  2. Lead instruction for Summer Camps as needed. 
  3. Prepare emergency contact paperwork for every camper and facilitate Monday morning check-ins for each camp week.
  4. Supervise Instructors and lead MNHC camps when Camp Coordinator is offsite. 
  5. Provide feedback and support for Seasonal Naturalists.
  6. Collaborate with the Camps Coordinator to evaluate and adjust camp settings, routines, and systems as needed. 
  7. Communicate effectively with parents.
  8. Mediate camper conflicts.
  9. Create camp activities and curriculum.
  10. Gather supplies and inventory needed for camp weeks.
  11. Work with the Camps Coordinator and Teaching Naturalist staff to help lead two weeks of training for Seasonal Naturalists. 
  12. Spell Seasonal Naturalists as necessary. 
  13. Work with camp registration software to help with administrative duties. 

II. Required Qualifications:

  1. Experience and passion for working primarily with elementary school audiences.
  2. Experience supervising and leading other adults or demonstrating the skills necessary for the role.
  3. Comfort using basic naturalist tools (binoculars, journals, nets, etc.)  and teaching others how to do so.
  4. Interest and engagement with the study of natural history. Desire and willingness to learn more about the natural history of the local area.
  5. Flexibility and a positive attitude to deal with weather, schedule changes, and other unexpected circumstances.
  6. Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, and dynamic.
  7. Proven ability to plan and implement educational activities using various curriculum sources.
  8. Proven oral and written communication skills with supervisors, co-workers, and others.
  9. Strong organizational skills, including managing multiple teaching dates and other calendar events, maintaining communications with many people at once, and keeping equipment organized and well-maintained.
  10. Proven ability to work independently with little direct supervision and in a team environment.
  11. Ability to accept responsibility, act professionally in all situations, and be self-motivated.  
  12. Willingness to work and teach both outdoors (for up to a full day, in all conditions) and indoors.
  13. Ability to use basic computer programs, including Google suite (email, Drive, Sheets, etc.), Microsoft Word and Excel, and others.
  14. Current CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain before the start date.
  15. Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  16. Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and willingness to transport passengers and equipment.

III. Additional Desired Qualifications:

  1. Proven ability to deliver educational and interpretive natural history programs such as nature walks, field trips, and group presentations on various topics.
  2. Proficiency in natural history knowledge of northwestern Montana, including a broad knowledge of native flora and fauna, a cultural history of the region, and an understanding of ecological processes and systems.
  3. Practical knowledge of methodologies in natural history education.  (Examples include constructivist learning theory; place-, inquiry-, and project-based learning; interdisciplinary learning; service-learning; hands-on approach to learning; etc.).
  4. Experience and interest in recording and studying nature as an artist, writer, and/or scientist
  5. Proven ability to develop, write, and implement the curriculum. 

To apply, please send the following to [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of three professional references

Accepting Applications until positions are filled

Posted 1 year ago
Missoula, Montana
Education Requirement
Some College
Experience Requirement
1-5 years