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Summer Day Camp Counselor

Milford & Goshen OH

Do you love spending time outdoors and working with children? Are you looking for a challenging and incredibly rewarding summer job?

If so, becoming a summer day camp counselor at Cincinnati Nature Center may be the perfect job for you! As a nature-based day camp counselor, you'll spend the summer inspiring passion for nature in youth ages 5-13. Our counselors work as part of a team to help plan and guide children in hands-on environmental learning activities and projects, hikes, games, songs, stories, and crafts as they actively explore the natural world around us. We facilitate authentic connections with nature for our campers while also helping them practice life skills such as resiliency in challenging situations and development of social skills.

As a camp counselor, you'll participate in training and hands-on skills building that can benefit you in college, many different jobs and careers, and in interpersonal communication. Summer staff work with professional educators, enjoy rich, hands-on learning experiences, and gain a variety of teaching techniques and ideas. Credit may be available through a college or university; check with your advisor. If you are interested in joining our inclusive, fun camp community to take part in rewarding experiences you won’t easily find at other summer jobs, please submit your application (see orange button below).



Training week June1-5, hours typically 9 am-4:30 pm daily

Camps begin June 8 and end August 7 2020, with one week off June 29-July 3 (unpaid). Hours typically weekdays, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with some longer or shorter depending on the camp and other responsibilities.


General Information

Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Cincy Nature Camp Director

Category: Seasonal

Department: Education

Schedule: Typically 35-40 Hours/Week



With direction from the Youth Program Manager (CincyNature Camp Director) and Camp Coordinators, plans and delivers summer day camp experiential programs for youth ages 5-13. Works as part of a team of counselors to carry out all functions related to CincyNature summer camps. Executes all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service and in keeping with the Nature Center’s Mission, Values and Principles.


Essential Job Responsibilities

Deliver top-quality nature-based summer day camp experiences for youth. Work with a team of counselors and other staff at one of three CNC sites:

• Rowe Woods Visitor Center (ages 5-10) in Milford, OH,

• Rowe Woods Fernwood Shelter (ages 6-13) in Milford, OH, or

• Long Branch Farm & Trails (ages 6-13) in Goshen, OH.

Guide children ages 5-13 in hands-on environmental learning activities and projects, hikes, songs, stories, games, and crafts as they actively explore the world around us. Campers learn about the local natural environment by experiencing it, enjoying it, and learning to care for it.

These job responsibilities represent only the essential and most significant duties of the position. This job description does not exclude other work assignments, directives and responsibilities not mentioned herein.


Education and Competencies

High School Diploma or higher preferred



Quality communication and customer service skills

Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information



A hearty interest in the outdoors and enthusiasm for sharing that interest with children

Some knowledge and training in natural science preferred

Experience working with children

A sense of humor, creativity, and initiative

Desire to work as part of a team

Procure and provide proof of current First Aid and CPR/AED certification prior to training week

Must pass a background check

Applicants should be 18 years of age or older

Work Environment:

The work is performed on-site, almost exclusively outdoors in the nature preserve.


Physical Demands

This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.



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Posted March 12, 2020

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