Summer Nature Camp Instructor

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Arcadia, CA

The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden is seeking qualified candidates to assist in leading its Summer Nature Camp program from June 6 to August 5.

About The Arboretum:

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127 acre botanic garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia. The mission of the Arboretum is to cultivate our natural, horticultural, and historic resources for learning, enjoyment, and inspiration. Home to over 200 wild peacocks, a stroll through the Arboretum takes guests through a variety of gardens and landscapes that offer beauty and tranquility as well as ideas for outdoor spaces at home. The garden houses plants of interest in geographical and botanical collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species. In addition to its plant collection, the Arboretum hosts a wide variety of programs, classes, and events for adults, families, and children throughout the year.

Position Description & Primary Responsibilities:

The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the seasonal position of Summer Nature Camp Instructor. Summer Nature Camp is an enrichment program that connects children to the natural world through joyful, hands-on experiences and meaningful peer interactions. This year we are hosting three months of summer camp from June 6th to August 5th. Candidates must be able to commit to all dates. Serving children ages 5 to 10, Nature Camp integrates playful explorations of the gardens with seasonal, nature-themed science, art, and cooking activities. This position requires an energetic person with a positive disposition, excellent judgment, and a genuine love for working with children. This is a seasonal, contract position, with the potential of assisting with additional programs in the future such as Scouts programs and weekend workshops. The position’s primary responsibilities are: Assist in implementing fun, hands-on educational activities with children; Lead and supervise outdoor explorations of the garden; Assist children with process-driven projects; Engage with children in a playful capacity while ensuring a safe environment is maintained; Help to connect children to nature-themed concepts through inquiry-based learning techniques and informal education pedagogy. All curriculum will be provided. Compensation is $18 per hour plus a one year family membership to the Arboretum.

Position Requirements:

Experience working with children ages 5 to 10; Excellent judgment and high emotional intelligence; Strong communication and interpersonal skills; Interest in and appreciation for the outdoors and nature-based experiences; Ability to communicate well with both children and parents; Ability to adapt to changing circumstances with ease; Familiarity with informal education pedagogy and inquiry-based teaching methodology; Understanding of child development ages and stages, as well as child-centered education theory; Ability to be playful and silly while maintaining a leadership stance; Experience working with children with special needs a plus.

To Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to: [email protected] by 4/30/22 or mail to Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, Brooke Applegate, Director of Education, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007. No phone calls or faxes please. Email preferred.


$18 per hour

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