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Half/Full-Day Summer Camp Counselor Position

Department: Bureau of Parks & Recreation/Briar Bush Nature Center
Position: P/T Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor - Half/Full-Day
Classification: Part-Time –FLSA Non-Exempt

Reports to: Office Manager
Supervises: Camp Aides

Hourly Rate: $11.00

Deadline: Open Until Filled

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a list of two references to Melissa Eldridge, Director of Public Programs, at


Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is responsible for teaching children in an outdoor setting; inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect nature; encourage curiosity and scientific inquiry. The scope of work includes a variety of technical and administrative services that allows the Nature Center to function well, and to provide residents, business owners, and visitors with quality public service. All work is completed in accordance with the ordinances and other laws of the Township and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Assignments and technical supervision is received through the Director of Briar Bush or a Supervisor.


Tasks:   Interacts pleasantly with residents, customers and the general public; ability to provide skills assistance to participants; Actively participate in all aspects of camp training; Communicate with Director of Public Programs (supervisor) in all aspects of summer camp; Plan and prepare environmental education lessons independently and alongside other camp staff; Act as primary educator for a maximum of 6 campers ages 4-6 during half-day camp and a maximum of 12 campers ages 6-7 during full-day camp (rotation); Handle and use a variety of domesticated animals in camp programs; Manage two Camp Aides (teenage camp volunteers) during each camp week; Complete Camp Aide Evaluations regarding Camp Aide performance; Communicate professionally with camp parents regarding their questions and concerns; Keep necessary records for camp programming and management; Maintain quality program spaces by replacing all materials in a timely manner; Perform other camp-related duties, as needed. Interacts with department employees, the public, governmental, and Township officials in a courteous and professional manner at all times; operates office equipment; other related duties as necessary to support the Parks and Recreation Department.


Job Standards (Minimum qualifications needed to perform essential functions): Ability to understand instructions; organize and prioritize work load efficiently and effectively; strong communication skills and attention to detail, able to follow directions. Strong computer skills; enthusiastic and self-motivated; be comfortable being the sole staff person on the premises when necessary; valid PA Driver's License preferred; handle personal and confidential information tactfully; work with others; good ability to communicate orally and in writing.


Ability to work the following schedule:

  • May 18, 2020– August 28, 2020 Monday-Friday; schedule varies week to week between:

    • Seedlings Half-Day Camp for Ages 4-6 - AM/PM Sessions

    • Saplings Full-Day Camp for Ages 6-7

    • Cleanup/Prep Weeks


Employee must be able to pass a FBI, DHS ChildLine and PA State Police Criminal Background Checks and drug test.


 This is light work requiring carrying up to 20 pounds occasionally; and up to 10 pounds frequently to move objects; work requires reaching at waist level, and performing fine manipulation frequently; standing, walking, lifting, bending, crouching, kneeling, reaching at all levels occasionally; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinction in sound frequently; visual acuity (near vision frequently; mid and far vision, depth perception, color perception, and field of vision occasionally) and observing general surroundings and activities frequently; withstand exposure to weather occasionally; walk on uneven trails in all conditions of weather. All work performed is to be mistake free and all interpersonal interactions with employees and the public is to be positive, collaborative, respectful and courteous.


Employee may be asked to perform other duties provided those duties are not illegal or injurious to the employee's health; Employee will be evaluated in part based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description and at a minimum, to the standards within this job description. Management has the right to revise this job description at any time. This job description does not list all the duties of the job. Management may ask the employee to perform other job-related duties.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Employee performs tasks independently and often without direct supervision of each task, although employee will have regular contact with Director and other assigned Managers. Minimum one year of college/professional experience in biology, education, recreation, or related field; Prior experience working with children, preferably in a camp setting; Strong commitment to excite and teach children about the natural world; Ability to work with and handle live animals such as reptiles, insects, birds, and small mammals; Strong communication (written and oral) and problem-solving skills; reliable; flexible. Ability to work in a group environment; Physically able to teach outdoors in the summer over forested terrain; some knowledge of general rules of procedure; a demonstrated ability to work for more than one person; possess excellent organizational skills; ability to establish effective working relationships with department personnel, managers, residents, and the general public. Employee must be self-motivated with excellent verbal communication skills; ability to work under stressful conditions with frequent interruptions.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education that results in employee achieving the functions of the job satisfactorily, with, as a minimum, one year of college/professional experience in biology, education, recreation, or related field. Holds First Aid/CPR Certification or ability to pass First Aid/CPR Certification; Customer service experience preferred.


Job Location (Place[s] where work is performed): Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001

Equipment (Examples of machines, devices, tools, etc., used in job performance): Telephone;  computer; copier; paperwork; animals.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a list of two references to Melissa Eldridge, Director of Public Programs, at

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Natural Lands Management Internship

Hours: This is an unpaid, part-time, seasonal internship. It requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Work schedule is flexible.


Educational enrichments: Interns will support a restoration project funded through PA DCNR’s TreeVitalize program and Briar Bush to remove non-native plants and plant over 300 native trees and shrubs. They will receive experience in natural land management techniques, including training and practice in:

  • Native and non-native invasive plant identification

  • Manual control practices for non-native plants

  • Pruning and/or planting (depending on season) for restoration settings

A few suggested reading titles may be borrowed from the Center’s holdings. Interns learn about regional organizations, conferences, and other local networking opportunities and will be sent any related career information or opportunities of which the Briar Bush staff becomes aware.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Identification and manual removal of invasive exotic plants

  • Watering, weeding, planting and/or mulching of native plantings

  • Trail maintenance (less than 1 mile system)

  • Working with youth and adult volunteers to perform grounds work

  • Occasional assistance with program setup and routine maintenance of buildings



  • College coursework in horticulture, botany, environmental science, or related field

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs., walk on rough, uneven terrain, use vision to identify plants and safely use hand tools


Legal Requirements: Interns who have direct contact with minors must obtain a PA Criminal and Child Abuse Check and/or other background checks. This may not apply to all interns. Background checks are performed online and are free or reimbursable for interns.

Contact: Mark Fallon, Senior Naturalist,

Deadline: Open until filled

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