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The Morton Arboretum-Science Camp Assistant-Wed, 02/17/2021 - 3:37pm

Science Camp Assistant


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 The Morton Arboretum
Lisle , IL 60532
United States
Illinois US

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The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking summer camp assistants to join our team, helping campers explore the Arboretum through interactive summer adventures. The ideal candidate will enjoy teaching and learning, have a passion for the outdoors and nature, and be willing to get their hands dirty helping guide experiential education. You’ll be part of an incredible team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional

Position Summary: Assist Science Camp Instructors as they lead school-age children in nature discovery classes and activities related to the Arboretum’s remarkable exhibits and varied natural areas. Accompany Science Camp Instructors and students on engaging, fun hiking trips on the Arboretum’s grounds and assist with science-related indoor and outdoor teaching activities.

Essential Functions:

Represent The Morton Arboretum's mission and programs in a positive, constructive, and effective manner.

Assist Science Camp Instructors as they implement a science-related curriculum for up to 15 students of a specified age group.

Become familiar/comfortable with hiking a variety of trails on the Arboretum grounds.

Interact with parents and guardians of students in a professional, courteous, and responsive manner.

Become familiar with the Arboretum’s mission, history, programs, and structure.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience with teaching or assisting with the teaching of school-age children in a formal or non-formal setting required. Basic science knowledge a plus. Must be at least 18 years old.

Success Factors: Ability to engage and excite children about the natural world. Good verbal skills and an enthusiasm toward learning. Ability to maintain interest and discipline of up to 15 students during a weeklong camp experience. Flexible, constructive, and courteous approach to parents, children, and summer science camp staff. Stamina and ability to participate in outdoor programs in various weather conditions. Ability to embrace and operate in line with our employee core values to take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 15 lbs.), hiking, kneeling, ability to travel over one mile on paved, wood-chipped, and dirt paths over varied and uneven terrain.

Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoors and outdoors environment, in various weather conditions.

Equipment: Scientific tools, microscopes, two-way radio, educational materials, appropriate protective clothing.

Schedule: The position requires availability for seven of the ten weeks of camp, attending a mandatory orientation meeting, and weekly staff meetings.

Availability requirements for 2021

Must be available to attend a virtual mandatory summer camp orientation meeting on Thursday May 20th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. and an in person training May 26th from 4:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or May 29th from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Must be available to work seven out of ten weeks of camp, five days a week (8:30am-12:15pm, 8:30 am-3:15pm, or 11:45am-3:45pm) for an assigned grade level (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade) for assigned weeks (opportunities available June 7-August 13).

A mandatory all-staff meeting (for each week of camp) is held every Monday morning at 8:00am (for full day and morning camps) or at 11:15am (for afternoon camps).

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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer – disability/veteran.

Full Name 
India Franklin