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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center seeks Summer Camp Instructor

Reports To: Education Director
Employment Status: Seasonal
Salary: $18-20 per hour

About the Arboretum
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages, and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and sanctuary for native plants and animals. Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, this 155-acre urban nature sanctuary encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the natural world. One of the first nature education facilities for children in the state of Texas, the Arboretum proudly welcomes over 10,000 school children and 500,000 visitors annually.

Job Description
Do you want to make a difference this summer while also gaining valuable training and experience working in Environmental Education? Join the fun with us as a Summer Camp Instructor at the best summer camp in town! Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has a long tradition of teaching hands-on natural history classes to children 4 – 12 years of age. Each week we explore a different natural history theme. Curriculum is provided and always features exploration in the 155-acre nature sanctuary and its many habitats. Candidates with a strong science background are preferred. Themes for Summer 2023 can be explored on our website.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Conduct one or more of 10 different week-long day camps for campers aged 4, 5-6, 7-8, or 9-12 years old
• Learn our environmental education curriculum and implement daily lesson plans and activities
• Lead groups outdoors on the Arboretum’s trails in variable weather conditions and terrain
• Maintain a safe learning environment
• Inspire students and help them develop their creativity and self-expression
• Supervise volunteers assigned to assist with Summer Camp classes
• Communicate effectively with Arboretum staff, campers, and parents/guardians of campers

Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in science, education, or a related field
1-year full time teaching experience, formal or informal
Skills, Traits, and Characteristics Necessary for Success
Interest and ability to teach elementary students
Knowledge of and passion for the natural world
Creativity, imagination, and flexibility
Comfortable handling or learning to handle reptiles, invertebrates, and biofacts (training provided)
Enthusiasm, patience, and tact when working with children and adults
Positive attitude, sense of humor, and passion for making learning fun
Physical Demands
Working in an outdoor setting during variable Houston summer conditions
Standing and walking for long periods of time, often over uneven terrain
Lifting, pulling, and pushing up to 25 pounds
Communicating in moderately noisy environments• Additional
Ability to pass a criminal background check
Current CPR/first aid certification or ability to obtain before start of camp

Key Details
Position Location: Central Houston, TX
Position Dates: week-long camp sessions June 5 – August 11
Time Commitment: 1 or more weeks, plus orientation and training days
Hours of work: Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 3:30pm (Week of July 4th Wednesday – Friday only)
Pay Rate: $18 – 20 per hour

How to Apply
Please send resume, cover letter, and professional references to Tiffany Ritter, Education Director

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