Environmental Educator / Camp Leader Position


Summer Camp 2018

  • Position Title: Environmental Educator / Camp Leader
  • Dates of Position: June 13 – 29, and July 9 – August 10, 2018 (Monday-Friday plus three training days)
  • Position Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week between 8:30 am and 4 pm or 9 am and 5:30 pm as scheduled
  • Compensation: $18/hour

KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp

KIDS for the BAY is an environmental education organization now celebrating our 25 Year Anniversary! To learn more about our mission, our impact and our award-winning programs, please visit our website at www.kidsforthebay.org.

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) is in our eighteenth year of delivering a fun-filled summer of hands-on science and nature exploration in the unique environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our camp includes science investigations, nature games, art activities, hiking, kayaking, swimming and many more adventures. Campers learn to care for the natural environment and become environmental stewards. Team building activities help to develop a fun loving, connected and caring Summer Camp community of friends, scientists and environmentalists.

Camp sessions are one week long (Monday-Friday) between the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm and take place at various natural habitats around the Berkeley area, including Lake Anza, Jewel Lake, Strawberry Creek, and Berkeley Marina. All sessions of camp include special field trips to ocean beaches, islands in the bay, the Exploratorium, the Oakland Zoo, the Aquarium of the BAY and many more exciting destinations.

Camp sessions are for campers ages 5-7 and 8-10. Campers ages 11 – 14 are Leaders in Training. Each week of camp is led and managed by Environmental Educators, including Camp Leaders, Camp Assistant Leaders, and Camp Interns. Our camper-to-staff ratio is low, ensuring an enriching, safe, and positive camp experience. KftB also runs an after-care camp Nature Club from 4-5:30 pm.

Environmental Educator / Camp Leader Responsibilities

  • Review camp curricula and plan activities with other Camp Leaders
  • Lead hands-on nature, art, science, adventure, community-building and play activities
  • Supervise campers during snack, lunch, and free play times
  • Maintain a safe, respectful, positive camp environment, while attending to the individual needs of the campers
  • Maintain positive, professional communication with camp parents/families at all times
  • Provide guidance, leadership, and support to Camp Assistant Leaders and Camp Interns
  • Contribute to the Camp Log to record daily highlights and quotes
  • Provide pictures of each camp session for the weekly Camp Highlights Flyer.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in education, environmental studies, science, or a related field
  • At least two years of experience teaching environmental, science, and/or outdoor education to elementary school aged youth
  • Ability to walk and hike along trails while carrying light equipment and to play active games with campers
  • Commitment to inclusive, multicultural environmental education
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and desire to be a positive role model
  • Willingness to follow direction from the Summer Camp Manager and to work in a team with other Camp Leaders
  • Confidence and ability to take initiative and take the lead, even in unfamiliar situations
  • Upbeat, positive, mature attitude and respectful communication approach
  • Valid CPR/First Aid certification
  • A reliable car to travel to/from various camp locations.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Knowledge of local creek, bay and marine habitats and ecology
  • Experience working in a youth camp setting
  • Other relevant talents (e.g. storytelling, music, arts and crafts) to contribute to the camp.

Position Terms

The Camp Leader (CL) will be a temporary employee of Earth Island Institute (KftB’s fiscal sponsor), with employment beginning on June 13 and ending on August 10, 2018. The CL will be paid $18/hour and will submit time sheets to receive paychecks semi-monthly. The position does not include any health benefits or paid vacation time, but does include worker’s compensation and unemployment benefits.

Application Procedures

Apply early; interviews will be held as applications are received.

Your application package must include the following:

  • a cover letter and your resume, and
  • at least two references with current contact information (email and phone number).

To apply, email your application to: jobs@kidsforthebay.org

A background check by a Live Scan service provider will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

KIDS for the BAY/Earth Island Institute values diversity and is an equal opportunities employer.