Summer Camp Educator

Position: Summer Camp Educator

Reports To: Education Programs Manager

Schedule: This is a seasonal, non-exempt position. Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Camp begins Monday June 12th and runs until Friday August 25th. Educators are not expected to teach every week, but are welcome to teach as many weeks as available.

Job Summary

We are looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals, passionate about working with youth, to lead our Summer Camps for campers ages 6 to 14. The Summer Camp Educator works certain weeks of the summer, Monday through Friday. Please see descriptions below for the Educator categories we are looking for.

The ideal Educator will fit one or more of the following categories:

  • Biology Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in biology, zoology, or ecology. This individual feels comfortable leading dissections and instructing 6 to 14-year-olds in biological science topics, including anatomy, animal sciences, botany, ecology, and others.
  • Claymation Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in Claymation/stop-motion animation. This individual has a thorough understanding of programs, the animation process, and the ability to convey design and artistic concepts to students. The program to be used will be Stop Motion Studio.
  • First Grade Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in early elementary education. This individual feels comfortable instructing students ages 6-7 on a wide variety of elementary science topics and has a strong understanding of strategies to teach and engage young elementary learners through hands-on, exploratory learning techniques. This individual should also have excellent classroom and behavior management skills.
  • General Science Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a wide range of knowledge in the science field. This individual feels comfortable in instructing 6 to 14-year-olds in general science camps on multiple topics, including biological sciences, food science, chemistry, physics, forensic science, robotics, electronics, and others.
  • Photography/Filmography Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in photography and/or filmography. This individual has an understanding of photography principles, basic digital camera settings, and photo/video editing. The program to be used will be Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.
  • Robotics Summer Camp EducatorThe ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in simple robotics and block-based programming. This individual has experience assembling robots from push-to-fit or mechanical fastener components and is able to lead youth through the programming process, including debugging and troubleshooting. The programs to be used include Sphero EDU, LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Classroom, and VEX V5.
  • Screen Printing/Design Summer Camp Educator – The ideal candidate for this position has a strong background in screen printing and image design. This individual has a thorough understanding of the screen-printing process, with experience in screen prep, creating designs, and using plastisol and solvent inks. The programs to be used will be Adobe Photoshop Elements and CorelDraw.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other minor duties may be assigned.

  • Deliver quality, hands-on programming to groups of 12-20 students during the full week of camp.
  • Create an age-appropriate, fun, and open learning environment.
  • Prepare materials, set up classroom, and clean up daily after camp.
  • Enforce behavior protocols, help campers resolve conflicts appropriately, and intervene when campers are having behavior issues.
  • Communicate with the Camp Manger and/or Camp Coordinator about camper experience.
  • Supervise and mentor Educator Assistants, Volunteers, or other staff assisting with camp.
  • Facilitate the proper use of various lab equipment, computers, and materials.
  • Help supervise campers during various time periods, including, but not limited to check-in, recess, afternoon snack/recess, and check-out.
  • Complete paperwork or reports as needed.
  • Assist guest educators and professionals.
  • Adhere to Discovery Worlds safety protocols, policies, and procedures.

Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.): Often
  • Required to exert physical effort in handing objects more than 30 pounds: Rarely
  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.): Some occasional exposure.
  • Required to be exposed to a physical environment involving dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes, or similar elements: Rarely
  • Normal setting for this job is: Lab classroom with occasional outside supervision.

Job Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Education, Science, Art, Technology or equivalent experience.
  • Education experience with youth in a formal or informal setting.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to implement classroom and behavior management strategies.
  • Willingness to create a welcoming camp environment through ice breaker/team building exercises, games, etc.
  • Comfortable teaching an array of subjects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math
  • Must be extremely punctual, enthusiastic, creative, and a problem-solver.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Professional demeanor
  • Comfortable supervising/mentoring assistant educators and volunteers.
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