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Friends of Tryon Creek – Nature Day Camp & Interpretive Intern


Position Summary:

Nature Day Camp (65%)

  • The Nature Day Camp Intern will support the Day Camp Director and will learn about operational procedures, camp registration and program planning. This intern will support the extended care program for the camp, providing supervision and activities during the late afternoon for 1 – 10 children. Intern will assist with some aspects of registration and collections of payment for extended care. He/she will also help to coordinate and deliver curriculum for 6 – 10 year-old campers. He/she may have the opportunity to fill in as a substitute camp instructor on occasion.

Interpretation (35%)

  • The Nature Day Camp Intern will also have the opportunity to learn and apply interpretive skills. Interpretation in Tryon Creek State Natural Area is concerned with revealing the ecological and cultural significance of the forest. The development of interpretive materials and programs will be focused on families. He/she will help lead six evening “family campfire programs” as well as developing self-guided scavenger hunts and similarly engaging activities for families to complete on their visits to the park.


  • The daily schedule will be 9:00 – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional adjustments to the schedule will be made to accommodate evening work.


  • The intern will participate in a week-long orientation and training for summer camp staff. He/she will be provided with a work station and access to networked computer He or she will have the chance to work with all staff, and can expect support, feedback, and review throughout the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about working in a community-based, nonprofit agency, in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, as well as develop skills and knowledge about interpretation,

environmental education, and Pacific Northwest ecology and science.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Manage registration and activities for extended care program.
  2. Provide campers from 6 to 10 years old with an educational, exploratory, wholesome and safe experience based on sound ecological practices.
  3. Develop and deliver one activity per week as part of day camp programming.
  4. Assist in leading six evening family programs.
  5. Support Day Camp Director with registrations, program planning and other administrative tasks.
  6. Develop and maintain effective working relations with all staff and volunteers.
  7. Be responsible for the safety of all campers in a large, wooded area.
  8. Maintain professional and informative relationship with parents.
  9. Assist in routine maintenance. Responsible for general cleanliness and conditions of camp facilities and materials before, during and after each camp day.
  10. Assist with the enforcement of all camp and State Park rules and policies.
  11. Assist with other education programs as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a range of ages in an outdoor setting.
  2. Background in natural science, education, environmental studies, forestry, or related field.
  3. Familiarity with, or desire to learn, local flora and fauna and child instructional strategies.
  4. Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills; ability to handle several different projects simultaneously.
  5. Willingness to work occasional evenings
  6. Basic computer skills.
  7. A willingness to ask questions for clarification and job completion.
  8. Willingness to work in a busy office.
  9. Willingness and ability to hike trails.


  • Intern will receive a $1600 stipend. Intern will receive extensive training, mentorship and experience in the areas of outdoor education, leadership, curriculum development and Pacific Northwest ecology and science.


  • June -August, 2016
  • 1 week of training and 9 weeks of day camp programs and support.

Position Type



Jobs & Internships

Closing Date

June 3, 2016

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