Assistant camp counselor



The Morris
Arboretum & Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking Assistant
Camp Counselors for our vibrant full-day Nature Explorers Camp. Our campers are
between the ages of 4-10 years old and will be divided into groups based on
age. Campers will spend most of their time outdoors in our beautiful arboretum
setting, and counselors should have an interest in both nature and education.
The assistant camp counselors will work with lead counselors and help with
lessons, crafts, hikes, hands-on activities, and any other duties as assigned. Counselors
interact with our campers throughout the entire day, helping them make friends,
try new things, and generally caring for their well-being. All camp counselors
must be dependable and must be comfortable working outdoors with children.

Summer Camp
runs for six weeks from July 1st – August 9, 2024. Assistant counselors will be
paid for up to 36 hours a week (this includes time at camp from 8:30am-3:30pm,
plus several hours each week for meetings as well as prep and planning time).
There will also be a mandatory paid training from June 24-26.


  • Counselors must always participate; they
    help to lead activities and prep materials, build relationships with
    campers, and have fun while ensuring the physical and emotional safety of
    every child.
  • Greet
    families and campers upon their arrival.
  • Read
    the curriculum binder, be aware of available camp supplies, understand the
    layout of the gardens, and be ready to use this knowledge to lead
    children’s games and activities.
  • Work
    collaboratively with fellow counselors and camp director.
  • Serve
    as a positive role model to campers and CITs and maintain a positive
    attitude and behavior.
  • Follow
    and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures. Report any issues
    to supervisor.
  • Complete
    other duties, as assigned.


  • Interest
    in gaining teaching experience in an informal setting and the ability to
    lead weekly activities.
  • Able
    to be an excellent role model for young children.
  • Able
    to work outdoors all summer and spend long periods of time walking or
    playing games with children.
  • Willingness
    to follow directions provided by lead camp counselors and Morris staff.
  • Participation
    in camp orientation prior to the start of camp.
  • Patience,
    dependability, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sensitivity.
  • Love
    of nature and desire to share this experience with children.
  • Preference
    given to applicants over 16 years of age.

* The
University of Pennsylvania requires that all summer employees, regardless of
age, agree to submit a fingerprinting, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal
Record check, and Child Abuse clearance through the University’s Hire Right

Compensation: $15
per hour