Summer Camp Junior Counselor: Durham, Wake, Orange


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

The Position

Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps for children ages 5-12.  A Junior Counselor is responsible for working as part of the field team to successfully deliver summer day camp programs in service of the Schoolhouse mission. This position is responsible for assisting with a camp group of children, communicating with Schoolhouse staff, modeling Schoolhouse values, and ensuring the physical and emotional safety of participants. Junior Counselors report to the Program Coordinator in Durham, the Wake County Site Manager in Wake, or the Orange County Site Manager in Orange.

A Schoolhouse of Wonder Junior Counselor 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 Junior Counselor is a mentor worth remembering and emulating. 

Junior Counselors are hired for one of two sessions, either June 17th – July 19th or July 22nd – August 23rd. Training dates include the evening of May 16th and all-day Staff Training Weekend on May 18th and 19th.

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 –  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, splash in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and actively participate in all aspects of programs
  • Program preparation and upkeep – participate in trainings and staff meetings, set up and breakdown program materials, and clean and maintain program spaces
  • Activity delivery– partner with the Camp Leads and Counselors to implement high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities for camps and ensure programmatic excellence
  • Communication – establish trusted lines of communication with participants and Schoolhouse staff
  • Providing exemplary adherence to and modeling of Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures

Please Apply If You…

  • are a high school student, at least 16 years of age by the beginning of your first session
  • are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values
  • are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
  • have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that love with others
  • have some experience working with children (e.g. Counselor in Training)
  • are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
  • desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
  • have a desire to develop your mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, and patience
  • have good verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills

Junior Counselor Sessions

Junior Counselors are hired for one of two sessions, each approximately half of the summer. In your application, please let us know what session(s) you are available for. 

Session 1: June 17th – July 19th

Session 2: July 22nd – August 23rd

Training dates include the evening of May 16th, and all-day Staff Training Weekend on May 18th and 19th.


A formal review will be conducted by the supervisor to establish and assess progress against 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 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Suite 220, Durham, NC 27707.

The work of the Durham Summer Camp Junior Counselor is typically performed at West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101-B North Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704.

The work of the Wake Summer Camp Junior Counselor is typically performed at Umstead State Park, I-40 Reedy Creek Entrance, 1800 N. Harrison Ave, Cary NC 27513.

The work of the Orange Summer Camp Junior Counselor is typically performed at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, 3223 New Hope Church Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. Occasional weekend and/or evenings may be required.

Regular hours are 7:30a – 6p Monday and 7:45a – 6p Tuesday through Friday. This is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position. Hours vary depending on the week, with occasional weekend and/or evening requirements.


New Junior Counselors will receive $8.00 per hour and returning Junior Counselors (who have been Junior Counselors previously) will receive $9.00 per hour. Junior Counselors typically work between 40 and 50 hours per week.  Benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories.

To Apply

Junior Counselor application deadline is January 22, 2019.

To apply, first fill out the Junior Counselor Applicant Info Form.

Complete your application by emailing the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a Junior Counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder and your availability for working either Session 1, Session 2, or either (Session 1: June 17-July 19, Session 2: July 22-August 23)*.
  • Your resume
  • Three references (excluding friends and relatives)

*Only candidates who are able to commit to an ENTIRE session AND attend the mandatory training weekend (May 18 & 19, 2019) will be considered.

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 Program Coordinator (Durham), the Wake County Site Manager (Wake), or the Orange County Site Manager (Orange). 

Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) 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.