Founded in 1989, Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission is to create kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures. We seek to achieve this mission through year-round, outdoor day camps, curriculum-aligned field trips, and leadership training for teenagers.
These core values guide our behavior and help us make decisions.
- We model and teach self-awareness and empathy
- We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
- Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard and respected
- In nature, we’re all students
- Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
- We send every kid home dirty, tired and happy
Revenues: Approximately $600,000
We run a 9-month program of environmental and historical field trips and nature-based day camps. Our spring season is filled with day camps, field trips, and opportunities for staff development (child development, bow drill fire making, edible plant identification, and much more!). This position will be responsible for teaching field trips on a variety of environmental and historical topics to students, mostly elementary age. Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps for ages 5-12. This position is responsible for leading a camp group of children, mentoring and providing feedback for counselors and CITs, communicating with Schoolhouse staff and camp parents, modeling Schoolhouse values, and ensuring the physical and emotional safety of participants.
A Schoolhouse of Wonder Field Trip Instructor/Camp Lead takes pride and joy in mentoring children through outdoor adventures, games, stories, and songs. These individuals can partner energy with patience and responsibility with fun. A Field Trip Instructor/Camp Lead is a mentor worth remembering and emulating.
This position begins March 6th and runs through August 25th with an opportunity to continue into the fall season.
General Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Safeguarding the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of campers and students – model Schoolhouse values, ensure a positive experience, deliver consistent and exceptional supervision of children, patiently process conflict and disagreements
- Participation – actively participate in all aspects of programs in accordance with Schoolhouse methodologies including the active engagement of participants as a good example and role model at all times – play the games, sing the songs, swim in the river, hide in the leaves, and build forts
- Communication – establish trusted lines of communication with participants, their families, teachers, chaperones, and other Schoolhouse staff
- Program preparation and upkeep – participate in training and staff meetings, prepare materials, set up and breakdown program materials, and clean and maintain program spaces
- Serving as a resource, as needed, to other Schoolhouse staff (e.g. area of special knowledge or interest).
- Participating in marketing/promotional strategies and Schoolhouse events as requested
- Working with supervisor to design and implement a professional development plan, including continuing education and familiarity with best practices
Field Trip Responsibilities:
- Teaching – gain an understanding of all Field Trip curricula and be able to teach high-quality Field Trip programs in a confident and effective manner
- Curriculum creation – partner with the Regional Program manager to create and implement exciting, nature-based activities for field trips
- Representing Schoolhouse of Wonder’s Mission and Values to teachers, parents, chaperones and students
- Setting an excellent example in methods, work ethic, and effective communication including timely feedback
- Assisting in set-up, breakdown, and maintenance of program materials
- Serving as Camp Lead in Summer and School Break Camps including leading games, telling stories, behavior management, staff and CIT mentorship, time management, and creating a culture of physical and emotional safety
- Activity creation and delivery– partner with the Regional Program manager to create and implement high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities and schedules for camps
- Setting an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
- Communicating effectively with participants, CITs, staff, and parents
- Serving as a mentoring resource to seasonal staff including giving and receiving feedback
- Overseeing and mentoring Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training that are in your group
Please Apply If You…
- are a high school graduate or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age
- are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
- have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, and patience
- have superior verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
- have experience working with children and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
- have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that love with others
- are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
- desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
- are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission
- take your work seriously but yourself, not so much
Bonus points (or at least a high-five) if you have…
- A college degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, botany)
- Teaching experience
- A strong interest in/knowledge of plants, animals, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history
- Knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques
- English/Spanish bilingual fluency
A formal annual review conducted by the supervisor to establish and assess progress toward employee goals. Ongoing feedback provided through regular supervision and work plan development/review sessions.
Office Location, Hours, Travel
The Schoolhouse of Wonder office is currently located at 5101 North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704. The work of the Field Trip Instructor/Camp Lead is typically performed at the Schoolhouse of Wonder office/West Point on the Eno Park, but may also be performed at Schoolhouse of Wonder Orange and Wake County locations.
Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. Occasional weekend and/or evenings may be required.
Hours are dependent on organizational needs and vary by season. Field Trips typically occur between 8:30a – 3:30p Monday through Friday. Camp hours typically are 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday.
Paid training during the spring season ($10-$12 per hour depending on qualifications) and a flat rate of $550 per full, 5-day camp week. Weeks less than 5 days will be pro-rated. Benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories.
To apply, first complete the Applicant Info Form. Also, please email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a Field Instructor and Camp Lead Counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder
- Your resume
- Three references (excluding friends and relatives)
Current certification in CPR and First Aid and successful background check required before work can begin. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references
This is an “at will” position that reports directly to the Regional Program Manager (Durham), the Wake County Site Manager (Wake), or the Orange County Site Manager (Orange).
Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish speakers) are encouraged to apply. Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.