The Summer Nature Camp Teacher is responsible for teaching environmental and social science education programs to children. The Nature Camp Teacher’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts, and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment. Be part of the team in our world class facility, our community’s leader in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices, and environmental education. Work in a casual environment, amongst like-minded people, within a nationally recognized LEED Platinum certified facility. We are seeking passionate educators with a positive attitude!
The Nature Camp Teacher works under the direct supervision of the Education Director.
Essential Functions/Duties Include But Are Not Limited To:
1. Teach Enrichment Camps and Summer Nature Camps upon request (this may include working on days close to holidays). Responsibilities include:
a. Attending Camp Teacher Training
b. Writing curricula and sending to the appropriate coordinator at least two weeks prior to the first day of each camp session
c. Writing your “best camp activity” for the next day on the sheet on the staff room door each day before leaving
d. Attending a follow-up meeting at the end of Summer Camp to review the summer and provide feedback for future camps
e. Providing short marketing “blurbs” describing your camp theme when teaching winter, Presidents Week, and Spring Break Camp Camps
2. Arrive in time to prepare and set-up for Camp.
3. Supervise campers at all times for the duration of programs, extending to the release of campers to their guardians. Maintain the highest possible degree of safety.
4. Maintain positive communication with all program participants as well as all visitors to the nature center.
5. Assist with purchases through the Facility Manager within budgetary limitations.
6. Responsible for notifying the Grounds Manager of any safety hazards (i.e. fallen trees), and for closing any trail if necessary.
7. Assist in the care of our program animal collection, assuring that all of the animals’ needs are met; report any issues or concerns with the program animals to the Animal Care Manager.
8. Additional duties as assigned.
1. Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of the ENC.
2. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required of all ENC staff.
3. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and demonstrate flexibility.
4. Knowledge of California’s plant and animal life highly desirable.
5. Knowledge of California Native Americans and local indigenous people highly desirable.
6. Ability or willingness to handle a variety of animals including amphibians, mammals, arthropods, and reptiles.
1. Instruct and supervise children in an indoor setting.
2. Communicate effectively in the English language, in both oral and written forms.
3. Create and maintain strong cooperative relationships with parents and volunteers.
4. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
5. Understand and apply pertinent personnel policies, laws, rules, and regulations.
1. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in science, education, or related field is desired.
2. At least one year of experience as a formal or informal science educator, working with children in an environmental education setting as an interpreter, naturalist, or equivalent. Background strong in thematic, hands-on programs.
3. Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward students of varied age groups
About Environmental Nature Center
Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is a world class facility that provides transformative experiences resulting in a deeper connection to nature. The ENC’s mission is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Our vision is to provide equitable access and inspire all to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s leader in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. The ENC connects over 50,000 community members to nature annually through school field trips, Traveling Naturalist programs, community programs, nature camps, service learning programs, and professional development programs.
The ENC’s 5-acre Newport Beach campus features 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed construction. The ENC’s LEED Platinum certified facilities are nationally recognized and provide an essential connection between nature and the built environment.