Summer Ecology Camp Instructors

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
PO Box AB 2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook, NY 12545
United States

From $18 To $21.00
Per Hour

Job Description

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for two seasonal positions entailing 6-8 weeks of camp instruction (40 hours/week) starting on or after June 26, with 1-2 weeks earlier in June to help plan and prepare for camp. We host 9 weeks of camp and allow instructors some flexibility in selecting their weeks. There is no camp offered the week of July 3-7.


Instructors will work with the Education Program Leader to implement all aspects of the Cary Institute Summer Ecology Day Camp for children in grades 2-8. Camp activities include ecology experiments in streams, forests, ponds and fields, games, arts & crafts, and hiking on our 2000-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley.


Seasonal position, 6 to 8 weeks from June-August, 40 hours per week. We host 9 weeks of camp and allow instructors some flexibility in selecting their weeks. If possible, the Instructor(s) will spend 1-2 weeks in June helping plan and prepare for camp.


-Maintain a safe, friendly, and supportive space for all camp participants.

-Develop and teach ecological curriculum and facilitate scientific experiments for elementary and middle-school age campers.

-Prepare and maintain camp educational, recreational, and safety materials.

-Mentor high school junior counselors.

-Collaborate with educational and scientific staff on ecology-based lessons, games, and activities.

Qualifications - Required:

-College coursework completed in education and ecology or relevant scientific field,

-Teaching experience with school children. Teachers are encouraged to apply.

-Certification/willingness to become certified in first aid and CPR.

-Must have a strong background in ecology and a passion for sharing science and the environment with children.

Qualifications - Preferred:

-Spanish language skills: Proficiency (conversational) or Fluency.

Cary Camps & COVID-19:

All camp participants, including the Summer Camp Instructors, must provide proof of full vaccination (i.e., complete primary series) with an FDA authorized vaccine. More information on our COVID-19 protocols will be shared prior to the first week of camp.

Position Reports To:

Ashley Alred, Education Program Leader

Closing Date: Positions open until March 31, 2023 or until filled.

Salary Range: $18 - $21 per hour, commensurate with education and experience

Starting Date: Approx. June 12, 2023. The first camp session is June 26-June 30.

Number of Positions: 2

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Finalist candidates must complete background check.

This is a temporary, hourly, non-exempt, unbenefited position located in Millbrook, NY.

To Apply:

Visit our website at and complete our online job application. Please attach one document which includes a cover letter, resume and the names and full contact information (including e-mail address) for three professional references.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Patricia Jones
PO Box AB 2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook NY 12545
United States

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