Science Camp Assistant - Temporary

Lisle, IL
Part Time

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking enthusiastic team members to help our camp instructors facilitate interactive summer adventures for our campers. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children, a passion for the outdoors and nature, and an interest in experiential education.  You will be part of an incredible team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional.

Position Summary: Assist Science Camp Instructors as they lead school-age children in nature discovery classes and activities related to the Arboretum’s remarkable exhibits and varied natural areas. Accompany Science Camp Instructors and students on engaging, fun hiking trips on the Arboretum’s grounds and assist with science-related indoor and outdoor teaching activities.

 Essential Functions: 

  • Represent The Morton Arboretum's mission and programs in a positive, constructive, and effective manner.

  • Assist Science Camp Instructors as they implement a science-related curriculum for up to 15 students of a specified age group.

  • Become familiar/comfortable with hiking a variety of trails on the Arboretum grounds.

  • Interact with parents and guardians of students in a professional, courteous, and responsive manner.

  • Become familiar with the Arboretum’s mission, history, programs, and structure. 

  • Support Summer Science Camp’s inclusion practices with the assistance of the Camp Instructors and Inclusion Coordinator. 

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience with teaching or assisting with the teaching of school-age children in a formal or non-formal setting required. Basic science knowledge a plus. Must be at least 18 years old. 

Success Factors: Ability to engage and excite children about the natural world. Good verbal skills and an enthusiasm toward learning. Ability to maintain interest and discipline of up to 15 students during a weeklong camp experience. Flexible, constructive, and courteous approach to parents, children, and summer science camp staff. Stamina and ability to participate in outdoor programs in various weather conditions. Ability to embrace and align with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity:  limited lifting and carrying (up to 15 lbs.), hiking, kneeling, ability to travel over one mile on paved, wood-chipped, and dirt paths over varied and uneven terrain.

  • Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoors and outdoors environment, in various weather conditions.

  • Equipment: Scientific tools, microscopes, two-way radio, educational materials, appropriate protective clothing. 

  • Schedule:  The position requires availability for seven of the ten weeks of camp, attending a mandatory orientation meeting, and weekly staff meetings. 

Availability requirements for 2023

  • Must be available to attend a virtual mandatory summer camp orientation meeting  on Thursday May 18th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. and an in person training May 25th for two hours between 4:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. 

  • Must be available to work seven out of nine weeks of camp, five days a week (8:30am-12:15pm, 8:30 am-3:15pm, or 11:45am-3:45pm) for an assigned grade level (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade) for assigned weeks (opportunities available June5-August 11, no camp the week of July 4th). 

  • A mandatory all-staff meeting (for each week of camp) is held every Monday morning at 8:00am (for full day and morning camps) or at 11:15am (for afternoon camps).

The hourly rate is $15.00/hour

All Arboretum employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of that status in order to maintain their employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. 

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