Environmental Educator - Summer Camp Naturalist Instructor

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Minneapolis, MN

Environmental Educator - Summer Camp Naturalist Instructor

Position Description: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking two seasonal Summer Camp Naturalist Instructors to work out of Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park.


  • Plan, prepare and lead fun, hands-on, nature-based summer day camp sessions that promote high-quality outdoor educational and recreational experiences for campers ages 6-12
  • Oversee camp participants’ safety and well-being while helping to facilitate children’s interactions with others and their surroundings by reinforcing principles of respect and responsibility
  • Provide high-quality customer service and communication with parents/guardians. Build positive relationships with campers as well as parents/guardians.
  • Engage and encourage campers in learning and positive experiences
  • Successfully implement group management while conducting camp. Identify and respond to camper behavioral issues as needed
  • Guide, mentor and support teen intern camp assistants during camp sessions throughout the season
  • Use materials and resources responsibly. Clean up classroom space at the end of each day.

Hours: This is a seasonal part-time position, Mon-Fri 30-35 hours per week. Camp sessions are from 8am to 12pm and 12pm to 4pm with prep time available before or after camp sessions. Camps run June 10th – Aug 30th, 2019. Required orientation and training will begin May 29th


Compensation: $13.00 – 14.25 per hour DOQ. These positions are eligible for sick and safe leave in accordance with the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. They are not eligible for other benefits.


  • Interpretive or environmental education experience at a nature center, recreation center or similar with a minimum of two seasons leading summer camp
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with children and diverse populations
  • Working knowledge of Minnesota flora, fauna and ecosystems
  • Post-Secondary training in environmental education, ecology, natural history or teaching
  • Must be a strong leader, self-starter, and have the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision
  • Excellent problem solving skills, ability to adapt, creativity and enthusiasm
  • Strong organizational, communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to maintain a positive attitude with campers and co-workers
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs, hike uneven terrain, and teach effectively in all weather conditions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous program instruction which included live education animals
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Will review resumes as received and interview qualified candidates as they are submitted.

Please send your cover letter and resume to EEjobapplications@minneapolisparks.org.

If you have questions about this specific Summer Camp Naturalist Instructor position please contact Emily Bowers at