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Camp Counselor/Naturalist Trainee

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: Indiana

Posting Date: 30 Jan 14

Closing Date: 1 May 14

General Description: Dunes Learning Center (DLC) is a residential education facility within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that works in close partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). Camp Counselor/Naturalist Trainees are members of the program staff at the DLC and may have the opportunity to work with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore summer programs. Camp Counselor/Naturalist Trainees will supervise summer camp residents while developing their outdoor education and resource interpretation skills and techniques.
Specific duties include overnight supervision of campers in cabins, leading evening activities (campfires, group games, etc.), hosting a tent camp out with campers, hosting and supervising a beach party picnic with campers and leading table helper, weather helper and flag raising activities. Camp Counselor/Naturalist Trainees also have the opportunity to shadow NPS staff and to attend educator trainings on a variety of topics.

Term of Position: Full-time, 9 week position June 6, 2014 – Aug 9, 2014 (2 weeks of training-7 weeks of camp), involves weekend and evening hours.

• Supervise summer camp residents overnight in cabins on the campus of Dunes Learning Center
• Lead and assist in leading portions of the summer camp program at DLC
• Ensure safety and well-being of program participants
• Attend training workshops, NPS shadowing sessions and regularly scheduled staff meetings

Required Qualifications:
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and hike several miles over hilly dunes
• Enthusiastic about working with children in an outdoor setting

Desired Qualifications:
• Currently enrolled in an academic program (Associate or Bachelor level) in any degree area including, but not limited to: Communication, Education, General Studies, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Biology, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Resource or Heritage Interpretation, Outdoor or Environmental Education, or related field
• Great independent worker and team player
• Prior experience in outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps
• Lifesaving and water safety certification
All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening.

Benefits: $200.00 per week stipend, housing in cabins shared with summer camp residents on the campus of Dunes Learning Center, uniforms, First Aid and CPR training, meals when groups are in residence, and professional development opportunities.


Contact Information:

To Apply: E-mail a cover letter, resume, and 3 references including name, relationship, phone number and email address, to Erin Crofton, Education Director at

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