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 $1,000,000
Schoolhouse of Wonder runs year-round, nature-based, outdoor day camps and field trips. The majority of our programs occur during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Our spring and fall seasons are filled with day camps, field trips, and opportunities for staff development (bow drill fire making, child development, edible plant identification, and much more!). Our summer season brings a whirlwind of camps – romping in the forest, exploring the creeks, building forts, and many other adventures. During camp, the Lead Counselor/Field Trip Instructor is responsible for modeling Schoolhouse values, leading a group of campers, mentoring and providing feedback for counselors and counselors-in-training, communicating with Schoolhouse staff and camp parents, and ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all participants. The Lead Counselor/Field Trip Instructor will also teach field trips that bring classroom lesson to life and allow elementary and middle school students to develop their sense of wonder through active outdoor learning including in science, social studies, math, music, folklore, and more.
A Schoolhouse of Wonder Lead Counselor/Field Trip Instructor 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 Lead Counselor/Field Trip Instructor is a mentor worth remembering and emulating.
This seasonal (6-month) position begins March 1st and runs through the end of August with the current open position teaching field trips and camp programs in Durham County.
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 your supervisor to design and implement a professional development plan, including continuing education and familiarity with best practices
Camp Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- 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 Site Managers, Program Coordinators, and staff to create and implement high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities, themes, and schedules for camps
- Setting an excellent example of teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
- Communicating effectively with participants, CITs, staff, and parents
- Serving as a mentoring resource to staff including giving and receiving feedback
- Overseeing and mentoring Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training that are in your group
Field Trip Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Teaching – gain an understanding of all Field Trip curricula and teach high-quality Field Trip programs in a confident and effective manner
- Curriculum creation – partner with Program Coordinators and staff to develop and improve new and existing field trip curricula
- Representing Schoolhouse of Wonder’s Mission and Values to teachers, parents, chaperones, and students
- Setting an excellent example of methods, work ethic, and effective communication including timely feedback
- Assisting in set-up, breakdown, and maintenance of program materials and spaces
Please Apply If You…
- are a high school graduate or equivalent, and are 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 provide and effectively act on feedback and guidance
- desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
- are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values
- 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, outdoor education)
- Teaching experience
- Summer camp experience
- A strong interest in and knowledge of plants, animals, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history
- Knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques
- Additional skill-based training or certifications (Lifeguarding, EMT, etc.)
- English/Spanish bilingual fluency
A formal 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 located at 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd Suite 220, Durham, NC 27707.
- Field trips and camp programs are typically provided at our Durham site at West Point on the Eno Park, located at 5101 N. Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704.
Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. Occasional weekend and/or evenings may be required.
Hours are dependent on organizational needs, vary by season, typically total between 32 hours (field trip season) and 50 hours per week (camp weeks), and range from 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday.
The wage range for this position is $11.00-$12.50 per hour. Standard benefits for seasonal (9-month), non-exempt employees include the following:
- Paid Holidays: Seasonal employees are allotted up to five paid holidays per year
- Staff Development: Seasonal employees are allotted $250 for professional development opportunities
To apply, first complete the 2019 Spring Applicant Info Form.
Also, please email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at email@example.com:
- A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a Lead Camp Counselor and Field Trip Instructor at Schoolhouse of Wonder (maximum one page)
- Your resume (maximum one page)
Please include your cover letter and resume as one document
Current certification in CPR and First Aid and successful background check required before work can begin.
References will be required as applicants move forward in the hiring process. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, “at will” position that reports directly to the Wake County Site Manager (Wake), Program Coordinator (Durham), 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.