Nature Camp Counselor


The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is seeking a Nature Camp Counselor for its nature mini camps. Please see below regarding hours, pay rate, job responsibilities, and qualifications. 

SUMMARY: The Lake View Nature Center at Terrace View Park offers several short-term varied themed camps throughout the summer. The Nature Camp Counselor is responsible for supervising and implementing day-to-day camp activities for each nature themed camp. The Camp Counselor is a seasonal employee, working 20-24 hours a week, dependent on enrollment. This position requires you to be on your feet and able to lift approximately 30 lbs.

SALARY RANGE: $10.00 to $10.50 per hour

QUALIFICATIONS: The Nature Camp Counselor should have a background in camp settings or nature programming and is striving for a bachelor’s degree in environmental education, early childhood education, parks and recreation or a similar area.  A High School Diploma or a passing grade on a HiSet or GED exam is required. One season of experience working in a camp or nature facility setting is preferred. The Nature Camp counselor must available for a 4 or 6 hour shift every morning, Monday through Friday from June 10, 2020 through August 5, 2020. 

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: The Nature Camp Counselor is under the supervision of the Nature Program Coordinator.

1. Attend mandatory staff orientation and trainings.
2. Instruct assigned camp programs competently and reliably, including fishing and outdoorsmanship activities.
3. Supervise campers daily during all activities.
4. Work independently while leading campers in activities.
5. Provide a positive and encouraging atmosphere.
6. Ensure the safety and well-being of all campers.
7. Do preparation work for each planned camp.
8. Clean and maintain program areas and props in an organized fashion.
9. Maintain effective communications with co-workers, campers and parents.
10. Assist in evaluating assigned programs and make recommendations for improvement.
11. Handle exotic animals such as snakes, turtles, and various invertebrates. 
12. Attend staff meetings as required.
13. Perform all other duties as assigned.

1. Ability to complete the essential functions of the position.
2. Knowledge of outdoorsmanship activities such as fishing, wayfinding, and fire starting.
3. Punctual and dependable.
4. Willing to acquire First Aid and CPR training.
5. Ability to provide excellent customer service.

1. Ability to successfully use secondary electronic devices: copy machine, laminator, label maker, 2-way radio, etc. 
2. Work well with all departments and personalities. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Camp Counselor may feel added pressure from the needs of multiple children while teaching and during pick up and drop off times. The Nature Camp Counselor must remain calm and continue to maintain a safe and positive experience. The Nature Camp Counselor must continually develop creative responses to problems, while complying with Park District standards. The Nature Camp Counselor must be a good problem solver and be able to work in a fast pace environment.

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Camp Counselor must be able to bend, stoop, lift items weighing up to 30 pounds, turn, sit, and stand for short or extended periods of time. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Camp Counselor may be exposed to elements when leading outdoor activities. Most camp activities are performed outdoors. Conditions to consider may include extreme temperatures, precipitation, and sunlight exposure. 

COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS: The Nature Camp Counselor must exhibit good problem-solving abilities and good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Park District. The Nature Camp Counselor must follow the loss prevention and safety policies of the Park District. 

To apply, send your resume and job application to Laura Saletta, Nature Program Coordinator: