Summer Camp Employment

Applications Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 season for any position.

Lifeguard

(2 per summer)

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is seeking two lifeguards for Fridays of summer camp. A qualified candidate is a certified lifeguard through the duration of the season (June 18 – August 6, 2021) 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.)

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Tesha “Skye” Omeis at skye@psu.edu.

Program Assistant

(1 per summer)

A Program Assistant at Shaver’s Creek Summer Camp works as part of the team of directors to ensure the highest quality program and staff support possible. They will be involved in facilitating staff trainings, creating program materials, logistics associated with camp, program and staff development, teaching if needed and cultivating a positive, flexible atmosphere centered around learning and growth. A lot of the program day is spent out in the field with staff and campers.

All members of the director team float across the different camps at Shaver’s Creek, including Wee Wonderers (ages 4–5), Discovery (ages 6–8), Explorer (ages 9–11) and Investigators (ages 12–14). They will also interact with the Leaders-In-Training participants (ages 14–17) regularly. The camp week runs Monday through Saturday morning. We are a camp day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with required staff meetings before and after programs each day. Friday has an overnight program that extends the program day through Saturday morning. Participation is required fully during all of these times.

Responsibilities and requirements of this position include the following:

  • Prior Summer Camp and Environmental Education Teaching Experience: As this person will be supporting and mentoring staff, prior experience is necessary.
  • Keeping participants and yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally safe: Every choice you make will be to ensure this is the number one priority. At no time may any of these priorities be neglected or downplayed.
  • Designing Program: Naturalists are responsible for designing their program and any extra materials for camp.
  • Helpful: to the participants, other staff members and the general public. A part of summer camp is assisting children with opening their food containers, monitoring their water intake, supplying LITs with the materials they need to teach an activity, putting the shoe lying on the lawn in the lost & found bin, moving tables under the pavilion when it rains and acting as part of a team of staff. It takes a village to run camp and all staff are part of contributing in a regular and consistent way.
  • Present and Engaged: Throughout the entire day, from 8 a.m. staff meeting throughout the entire day until we wrap up around 5:30 p.m. On Friday’s this extends through the entire evening and into Saturday morning until clean-up is completed around 10 a.m. Your health and energy level must be such that you are capable of performing your responsibilities as a group leader for the entire day.
  • 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 always comply with remaining in ear and eye shot of another adult at all times and are never alone with a participant.
  • COVID considerations followed: Camp and all staff will comply with requirements that are related to keeping everyone safe. This will include wearing a mask for a lot of the time spent on-site and making choices that mitigate the potential spread of the virus.
  • 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 the camp experience the best that it can be every single time for every single person. Prior experience designing programs or supervising others in a camp setting is preferred. This is a paid position. You will receive CPR and First Aid certification as part of training. The summer camp season for this position is from the middle of May through the middle of August. An Assistant Director needs to be able to commit for this entire time frame.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Tesha “Skye” Omeis at skye@psu.edu.

Applications are being accepted currently for the 2021 season and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Assistant Naturalists

(5 per summer)

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:

  • Present and Engaged: Throughout the entire day, from 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 8 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, 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 7 through August 13, 2021. Staff need to be able to commit at least through August 7, 2021. Hours worked per week will be 40. There is no housing available with this position.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Tesha “Skye” Omeis at skye@psu.edu.

Applications are being accepted currently for the 2021 season and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Discovery and Explorer Naturalists

(8 per summer)

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, that focuses on connections built between people and the natural world.

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

Program topics that you will design programs around include Birds, Mammals and the Five Senses. Program will also 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 the day’s plan.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Keeping participants and yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally safe: Every choice you make will be to ensure this is the number one priority. At no time may any of these priorities be neglected or downplayed.
  • Designing Program: Naturalists are responsible for designing their program and any extra materials for camp.
  • Helpful: to the participants, other staff members and the general public. A part of summer camp is assisting children with opening their food containers, monitoring their water intake, supplying LITs with the materials they need to teach an activity, putting the shoe lying on the lawn in the lost & found bin, moving tables under the pavilion when it rains and acting as part of a team of staff. It takes a village to run camp and all staff are part of contributing in a regular and consistent way.
  • Present and Engaged: Throughout the entire day, from 8:00 a.m. staff meeting throughout the entire day until we wrap up around 5:30 p.m. On Friday’s this extends through the entire evening and into Saturday morning until clean-up is completed around 10:00 a.m. Your health and energy level must be such that you are capable of performing your responsibilities as a group leader for the entire day.
  • 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 always comply with remaining in ear and eye shot of another adult at all times and are never alone with a participant.
  • COVID considerations followed: Camp and all staff will comply with requirements that are related to keeping everyone safe. This will include wearing a mask for a lot of the time spent on-site and making choices that mitigate the potential spread of the virus.
  • 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 7 through August 13, 2021; you must be able to commit to that entire time frame.

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Tesha “Skye” Omeis at skye@psu.edu.

Applications are being accepted currently for the 2021 season and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Investigator Naturalists

(2 per summer)

Naturalists for the Investigators program are responsible for designing their individual day’s environmental education-based programs for a group of 11 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. Shaver’s Creek prides itself on its highly reputable and well known program, that focuses on connections built between people and the natural world.

The camp week runs Monday through Saturday morning. The camp day runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, with required staff meetings before and after the program each day. Friday night program runs overnight with the campers and extends into Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast before clean-up from the week commences.

Program will relate to the topic of the day and positive peer relationship building. Each day will also have 1–2 specified activities that may be nature journaling, fungi identification or cooking. There will be 2 weeks of Investigators programming.

Requirements of this position include the following:

  • Keeping participants and yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally safe: Every choice you make will be to ensure this is the number one priority. At no time may any of these priorities be neglected or downplayed.
  • Designing Program: Naturalists are responsible for designing their
  • Helpful: to the participants, other staff members and the general public. A part of summer camp is assisting children with opening their food containers, monitoring their water intake, supplying LITs with the materials they need to teach an activity, putting the shoe lying on the lawn in the lost & found bin, moving tables under the pavilion when it rains and acting as part of a team of staff. It takes a village to run camp and all staff are
  • Present and Engaged: Throughout the entire day, from 8:00 a.m. staff meeting throughout the entire day until we wrap up around 5:30 p.m. On Friday’s this extends through the entire evening and into Saturday morning until clean-up is completed around 10:00 am. Your health and energy level must be such that you are capable of performing your responsibilities as a group leader for the entire day.
  • Physically Able: This position is working with children outdoors for up to 13 hours. We are outdoors regardless of rain, heat, mud and rough
  • Two-Adult Policy: You will always comply with remaining in ear and eye shot of another adult at all times and are never alone with a
  • COVID considerations followed: Camp and all staff will comply with requirements that are related to keeping everyone safe. This will include wearing a mask for a lot of the time spent on-site and making choices that mitigate the potential spread of the virus.
  • 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. Staff need to be able to commit to the entire summer season.