Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Summer Nature Day Camp Director

Location: Carkeek
Job Code: 1655
# of openings: 1


ARC, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, is seeking a dynamic Summer Nature Day Camp Director to join the team at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center. 


This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time.


Carkeek Park runs a popular summer nature day camp, with weekly themes such as Eyes to the Sky, Wet and Squiggly Tidepool Wonder, Furs Tails Tracks and Trails, Tidepools- Window to Puget Sound, Survivor’s Island, Buggin’ Out, Carkeek’s Incredible Time Machine, and Survivor Island. 


The Summer Nature Day Camp Director will develop activities for a group of youth between the ages of 6-12 in a summer day camp environment that is designed with exciting nature lessons utilizing surrounding bodies of water and trails. Our innovative day camp is developed as a highly collaborative teaching and interpretive program which stresses a child's personal growth, discovery, and spontaneity.


Summer Day Camp Director Schedule

  • Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (40 hours per week)
  • June 27th – September 1, 2017
  • Hours may be given to work during the month of May (10 hours per week)
  • Mandatory pre-camp training will be offered in June


Basic Duties:

  • Develop, plan, and implement a specialty nature camp program for children aged 6-12
  • In conjunction with other nature camp staff, develop environmental education and stewardship curriculum for this age group
  • Plan and teach themed lessons about Water and Wild Life, Bugs and Insects, Plants and Trees, Essentials for Survival, and Maps and Compasses
  • Work and train staff to ensure the care and safety of participants at all times
  • Design and implement a program budget and conduct purchasing for program
  • Design a weekly calendar of activities and snack menus
  • Maintain positive relationships with families, staff, and the general public
  • Hire and supervise staff, manage budget, and oversee all administrative processes associated with running the camp
  • Work in partnership with city staff to manage registration paperwork intake, payments, and waitlists
  • Create staff schedules and administer scheduled breaks
  • Complete required administrative reports, such as attendance and activity logs, accident/incident reports, hot sheets, and evaluations
  • Serve as the point of contact for participants and families
  • Work in ratio and deliver program to participants


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • A.A or A.S. in Environmental Science, preferably with course work in natural sciences or education and/or related experience
  • At least two years’ experience planning and supervising recreation programs and/or educational activities for children
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants and animals
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, cooperative leadership
  • Valid WA driver’s license, First Aid/CPR certification, and Food Handlers permit, or ability to obtain
  • Must pass criminal background check
  • Must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US and valid government issued ID
  • Must sign up for direct deposit with either checking or savings account or Payroll Pay card

This is a summer only, non-benefited position.


Who May Apply:  This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  ARC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Accommodations for people with disabilities are provided upon request.  Please call (206) 615-0110 to request accommodations.


Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed as soon as it is received. 


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