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Summer Day Camp Counselor - Cincinnati Nature Center

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Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

About the position:

Cincinnati Nature Center is looking for enthusiastic people who love nature and kids and who want to spend the summer as a member of our fun and silly staff. If you love being outdoors and you love having a good time, this is the summer position for you! 

CincyNature Camps provide a week-long, safe and inclusive environment for children ages 3 - 15.  We explore the natural world and create nature experiences all while making new friends. Counselors drive our mission of "Inspiring Conservation" by creating positive experience and life-long memories. Campers learn and foster a love for the environment by experiencing it, enjoying it, and caring for it.

The CincyNature Summer Camp Counselor position can double as an internship or co-op opportunity for many majors. CNC is happy to work with colleges and universities to meet requirements for their internships/co-ops.

Pay starts at $12.00/hour.


  • Training week May 29, 2023 - June 2, 2023, 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
  • Camps begin June 5, 2023 and end August 11, 2023 with one, unpaid, week off July 3-7.
  • Typical workweek is Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with some longer or shorter depending on the camp and other responsibilities.



General Information

Position Title:

Summer Day Camp Counselor


Hourly, Non-Exempt


Camp Director


Seasonal, Full-Time




35-40 Hours/Week




November 2022


Purpose :

With direction from the Camp Director, the Summer Day Camp Counselors plan and deliver experiential programs for youth ages 5-15. This position works as part of a team of counselors to carry out all functions related to CincyNature summer camps.  Executes all activities with the highest standards for safety, customer service and in keeping with the Nature Center’s Mission, Values and Principles.

Camp counselors typically work at one site throughout the summer. Camps are held at both Rowe Woods in Milford, OH, and Long Branch Farm & Trails in Goshen, OH.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Co-lead and be responsible for a group of 12-13 campers with another counselor. Each week, co-counselors and campers will change.
  • Guide camp groups in hands-on environmental learning activities and projects, hikes, songs, stories, games, and crafts as they actively explore the natural world around us.
  • Create a welcoming environment for all campers.

Education, Qualifications, & Competencies


High School Diploma or higher preferred


  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


  • A hearty interest in the outdoors and enthusiasm for sharing that interest with children
  • Some knowledge and training in natural science preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • A sense of humor, creativity, and initiative
  • Desire to work as part of a team
  • Procure and provide proof of current First Aid and CPR certification prior to training week
  • Must pass a background check under the BCI code and FBI code 5104.013 as required by ODJFS
  • 17 year old applicants will need to provide a valid work permit if entering their senior year of high school.


  • Training week May 29, 2023 - June 2, 2023. Hours typically 9:00am – 5:00pm daily, Monday through Friday.
  • Camps begin June 5, 2023 and end August 11, 2023 with one, unpaid, week off July 3-7.
  • Hours typically weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm, with some longer or shorter depending on the camp and other responsibilities.

Work Environment:

The work is performed on-site, almost exclusively outdoors in the nature preserve. Camp is held rain or shine.

Physical Demands:

This position requires the following physical activities: pushing, pulling, climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing, and visual acuity.

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