Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is closed through June 30 as part of Penn State’s efforts to maintain public health and safety in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many public programs and school visits are also canceled, rescheduled, or reconfigured for virtual delivery. For questions, please contact us at ShaversCreek@psu.edu. For the latest updates and information, visit: virusinfo.psu.edu.

Summer Camp Employment

Assistant Naturalists

(7 per summer) — NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR 2020

This is a Work-Study position through Penn State University. To see if you qualify for Work-Study, please reach out to Tesha Omeis (see contact information below).

Assistant Naturalists will glean techniques, skills, and hands-on experiences while serving in a supportive role for the group leader (Naturalists) during the environmentally-based summer camp at Shaver’s Creek. This supportive role includes assisting with group management, the leading of games or activities, and addressing the needs of campers. Through this experience you will learn how to create activities/games while including specific topics and become a more experienced educator.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Be present and engaged starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through the entire day of program, until around 4:30 p.m.
  • Physically able: This position is working with children outdoors for up to eight hours, regardless of rain, heat, mud and rough terrain.
  • Two-adult policy: Complies with remaining in eye shot and ear shot of another adult at all times. You will never be alone with a participant.
  • Taking care of yourself: Camp features rewarding experiences and long days. It is paramount to everyone around you that you are eating enough, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately in a way that works for you.

A qualified candidate will have a passion for working with children, patience, a plethora of flexibility, be enthusiastic, want to grow, want to work as a team, and foster a desire to make their days the best they can be every single time. You will receive CPR and First Aid certification as part of training. The summer camp season runs from June 1 through August 7, 2020. Staff need to be able to commit at least through August 1, 2020. Hours worked per week will be 40. There will be training in advance of April that will be worked out on an individual basis. There is no housing available with this position.

Applications are NO LONGER being accepted for the 2020 season.

 

Discovery and Explorer Naturalists

(10 per summer) — NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR 2020

Naturalists for Discovery & Explorer Summer Camp programs are responsible for designing their individual day’s environmental education based programs for a group of ~12 campers, ages 6-11, as well as three days of programming for a group of 10 campers, ages 4–5. Additionally, in each group you will have the opportunity to mentor two Leaders-In-Training (ages 14-17) and one Assistant Naturalist each week. Shaver’s Creek prides itself on its highly reputable and well known program, focusing on the needs of your camper group, campers as individuals, LITs, Assistant Naturalist, staff development, and connections created between people and the natural world.  

The camp week runs Monday through Saturday morning.  The camp day runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm, with required staff meetings before and after program each day.  Friday night program runs through the evening (until about 10:00 pm) and then again on Saturday morning through a pancake breakfast and clean-up from the week.  

Program topics that you will design program around include Birds, Mammals and the Five Senses.  Program will relate to the topic of the day, which will be one of the following: Awareness, Biodiversity, Adaptations, Cycles, and Interrelationships.  Games, activities, camp magic, that day’s required activity, and guided unstructured time in nature should all be included in a day’s plan.  

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Designing Program: Naturalists are responsible for designing their program and any extra materials for their weeks of camp.  
  • Present and Engaged: Throughout the entire day, from the 8:00 am staff meeting through the entire day of program and the afternoon staff meeting until it wraps up around 5:30 pm.  On Friday’s this extend through the entire evening and into Saturday morning until clean-up is completed.
  • Physically Able: This position is working with children outdoors for up to 13 hours.  We are outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud and rough terrain.
  • Two-Adult Policy: Complies with remaining in eye shot and ear shot of another adult at all times.  You will never be alone with a participant.
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Camp features rewarding experiences and long days.  It is paramount to everyone around you that you are eating enough, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately in a way that works for you.

A qualified candidate will have a passion for working with children, prior experience in a summer camp setting, patience, a plethora of flexibility, be enthusiastic, want to grow, want to work as a team, and foster a desire to make their program the best that it can be every single time. This is a paid position.  You will receive CPR and First Aid certification as part of training. The summer camp season runs from June 1 through August 7, 2020. Staff need to be able to commit at least through August 1, 2020.

Applications are NO LONGER being accepted for the 2020 season.

 

Investigator and Boats and Boots Naturalists

(2 per summer) — NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR 2020

Naturalists for Investigators and Boats and Boots programs are responsible for designing their individual day’s environmental education based programs for a group of 12 campers, ages 12-14.   In each group camp group you will have the opportunity to mentor one Leaders-In-Training (ages 14-17) and one Assistant Naturalist per week. Shaver’s Creek prides itself on its highly reputable and well known program, focusing on the needs of your camper group, campers as individuals, LITs, Assistant Naturalist, staff development, and connections created between people and the natural world.  

The camp week runs Monday through Saturday morning.  The camp day runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm, with required staff meetings before and after program each day.  Friday night program runs through the evening (until about 10:00 pm) and then again on Saturday morning through a pancake breakfast and clean-up from the week.  

Program will relate to the topic of the day and positive peer relationship building.  Additional program choices will be modified to fit one’s own style and lesson plan within the current structure of activities for Boats and Boots includes Caving, High Ropes, Canoeing, Orienteering, Shelter Building, and Hiking.    Activities for Investigators include Nature Journaling, Fungi identification and Cooking. Games, activities, camp magic, that day’s required activity, and guided unstructured time in nature should all be included in a day’s plan.  

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Designing Program: Naturalists are responsible for designing their program and any extra materials for their weeks of camp.  
  • Present and Engaged: You need to remain present and engaged throughout the entire day, from the 8:00 am staff meeting through the entire day of program and the afternoon staff meeting until it wraps up around 5:30 pm.  On Friday’s this extend through the entire evening and into Saturday morning until clean-up is completed.
  • Physically Able: This position is working with children outdoors for up to 13 hours.  We are outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud and rough terrain.
  • Two-Adult Policy: You will comply with remaining in eye shot and ear shot of another adult at all times.  You will never be alone with a participant.
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Camp features rewarding experiences and long days.  It is paramount to everyone around you that you are eating enough, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately in a way that works for you.

A qualified candidate will have a passion for working with children, prior experience in a summer camp setting, patience, a plethora of flexibility, be enthusiastic, want to grow, want to work as a team, and foster a desire to make their program the best that it can be every single time. This is a paid position.  You will receive CPR and First Aid certification as part of training. The summer camp season runs from June 1 through August 7, 2020. Staff need to be able to commit to the entire summer season.

Applications are NO LONGER being accepted for the 2020 season.

 

Lifeguard

NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS FOR 2020

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is seeking two lifeguards for Fridays of summer camper. A qualified candidate is a certified lifeguard through the duration of the season (June 5 – July 31, 2020) and values the importance of outdoor experiences in the development of young people; prior experience lifeguarding for children ages 6-11 is preferred. This position includes guarding six Fridays at the Whipple Dam State Park beach during the season and one additional half-day of training. (Training is specific to the program and logistics of the program. It does not include any lifeguard training.)

Applications are NO LONGER being accepted for the 2020 season.