Summer Camp Employment

Summer 2022 positions have been filled

The positions below are from 2022 and are shown for reference. Available positions for summer 2023 will be posted when they become available.

Shaver’s Creek prides itself on its highly reputable and well-known summer camp programs that build connections between people and the natural world. Staff members are held to high standards to maintain professionalism and a great camp experience for all.

Assistant Naturalists

(4 per summer)

Assistant Naturalists will glean techniques, skills, and hands-on experiences while serving in a supportive role for the group leaders (Naturalists) during the environmentally based summer camp at Shaver’s Creek. This supportive role includes assisting with group management, leading games or activities, singing songs, reading stories, and addressing the needs of campers. Through this experience, you will learn how to work well with children outdoors, design activities or games, set goals, and grow through leadership experiences.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Comply with all Penn State policies, including remaining in eyeshot and earshot of another adult at all times.
  • Be present and engaged throughout a work day that averages 10 hours.
  • Work with others; a team is required to deliver high quality summer camp experiences.
  • Be physically able to work with children outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud, and rough terrain.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of health and self-care to sustain a positive attitude throughout the entire camp season. For participants to reap the benefits that camp has to offer, staff work long and exhausting days for many weeks. It is paramount that staff are eating well, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately.

A qualified candidate will have a passion for working with children, patience, flexibility, enthusiasm, a desire to grow, a desire to work as a team, and a desire to make campers’ days the best they can be every single time. The summer camp season runs from June 6 through August 12, 2022. Staff need to be able to commit to that entire time frame. A typical work week averages 63 hours. Pay is $7.25/hour. There is no housing available with this position.

To apply, submit your cover letter, résumé, and list of three references (including name, title, relationship to you, telephone number, and email address) to Tesha “Skye” Omeis at skye@psu.edu.

All Assistant Naturalist positions are filled.

Lifeguards

(2 per summer)

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is seeking two lifeguards for Fridays during summer camp. A qualified candidate is a certified lifeguard throughout the duration of the season 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 (June 24, July 1, July 8, July 22, July 29, and August 5, 2022) at the Whipple Dam State Park beach.

All lifeguard positions are filled.

Discovery and Explorer Naturalists

(8 per summer)

Naturalists for Discovery, Explorer, and Wee Wonderer summer camp programs will use available resources, prior knowledge, and new ideas to create a lesson plan for their group each camp week. They will also consider for their lesson plan the goals and teaching objectives of the Assistant Naturalist and Leaders-in-Training (LITs). Naturalists will help campers find potential answers to the daily question (for example, “How will an awareness of plants and their habitats help me all week long?”) and foster opportunities for growth, exploration, discovery, and camp magic.

Information related to topics, ages, dates and times can be found under each program’s page.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Comply with all Penn State policies, including remaining in eyeshot and earshot of another adult at all times.
  • Be present and engaged throughout a work day that averages 10 hours.
  • Work with others; a team is required to deliver high quality summer camp experiences.
  • Be physically able to work with children outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud, and rough terrain.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of health and self-care to sustain a positive attitude throughout the entire camp season. For participants to reap the benefits that camp has to offer, staff work long and exhausting days for many weeks. It is paramount that staff are eating well, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately.

A qualified candidate will have experience leading a group of children in an informal setting, patience, a plethora of flexibility, enthusiasm, a desire to grow, a desire to work as a team, and a desire to make campers’ days the best they can be every single time. The summer camp season runs from June 6 through August 12, 2022. Staff need to be able to commit to that entire time frame. A typical work week averages 63 hours. Pay is $8.25/hour. There is no housing available with this position.

All Discovery and Explorer naturalist positions are filled.

Investigator Naturalists

(1 per summer)

A Naturalist for the Investigators summer camp day program will use available resources, prior knowledge, and new ideas to create a lesson plan for their group each camp week. They will also consider for their lesson plan the goals and teaching objectives of the Assistant Naturalist and Leaders-in-Training (LITs). Naturalists will help campers find potential answers to the daily question (for example, “How will an awareness of plants and their habitats help me all week long?”) and foster opportunities for growth, exploration, discovery, and camp magic.

Information related to topics, ages, dates and times can be found under on the Investigators program page.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Comply with all Penn State policies, including remaining in eyeshot and earshot of another adult at all times.
  • Be present and engaged throughout a work day that averages 10 hours.
  • Work with others; a team is required to deliver high quality summer camp experiences.
  • Be physically able to work with children outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud, and rough terrain.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of health and self-care to sustain a positive attitude throughout the entire camp season. For participants to reap the benefits that camp has to offer, staff work long and exhausting days for many weeks. It is paramount that staff are eating well, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and decompressing appropriately.

A qualified candidate will have experience leading a group of children in an informal setting, patience, a plethora of flexibility, enthusiasm, a desire to grow, a desire to work as a team, and a desire to make campers’ days the best they can be every single time. The summer camp season runs from June 6 through August 6, 2022. Staff need to be able to commit to that entire time frame. A typical work week averages 63 hours. Pay is $8.25/hour. There is no housing available with this position.

All Investigator naturalist positions are filled.