Summer Nature Camp Instructor


Plan for camps which includes meeting with camp leaders for training as well as helping to prepare lessons, activities, and crafts for camp.  Help run camps which includes assisting camp leader during camp with set up, leading activities, monitoring campers, etc. 

Time commitment: 5 weeks of camp plus planning (total of about 150 hours). Additional hours may be available. Please inquire if you are interested.

General Camp information: These are nature camps and all lessons, activities, and crafts will revolve around nature-related themes including birds, wildflowers, trees, insects, water, and wildlife.  Each day will include mini lessons, activities, games, outdoor exploration, and crafts.  Camps will take place mostly outdoors at the WV Botanic Garden.  Some activities and lunch/snack will take place in the Education Center. Campers and instructors must bring their own lunch.  There is a refrigerator and microwave available for use in the building. Nature Explorer Camps (full day, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) will be limited to 20 campers (entering grades 2-5).  Curious Kids Camps (half day, 9:00 am- 12:30 pm) will be limited to 16 campers (entering grades pre K -1). Camp instructors must be available to work all camp weeks: June 10-14 (half day), June 17-21 (full day), June 24-28 (half day), July 8-12 (full day), and July 15-19 (half day). We will also need one instructor for another full-day camp for older children July 22-26.

Ideal candidates will possess general knowledge of WV natural history and have experience with or interest in working with children. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Education Intern


Gain experience working with a non-profit organization with a focus on public education (mainly youth) and visitor services. Total number of hours can be adjusted according to your internship requirements. Responsibilities include leading groups of students during school programs, being a camp instructor for summer camps, assisting with visitor services and events as needed, and other educational projects as assigned.

Responsibilities may include:

Camp Instructor:  Plan for camps which includes training and helping to prepare lessons and activities for camp.  Help run camps which includes assisting camp leader during camp with set up, leading activities, monitoring campers, etc.  Also lead some lessons and activities and be responsible for overseeing small groups of campers. Guidance and leadership will be provided by the WVBG Education Director and Environmental Educator (camp leaders).

School Program Leader: Under the guidance of the Education Director, assist with leading groups of school children visiting the WVBG on a field trips (programs typically occur on select weekday mornings in April/May & September/October). The intern will study the lesson plans in advance and be responsible for leading a group of students and teaching them about science and natural history related subjects. Training is provided.

Development and/or assistance with interpretive products: Assist with development of interpretive signs, brochures, self-guided tours, or other interpretive or educational products. This may include research, writing, organization, and graphics selection. Specific outcomes will be identified and guidance provided by the WVBG Education Director.

Visitor Services: This includes acting as a WVBG Greeter, someone who greets, informs, and orients Garden visitors. This may also include working in the Visitors Center.

Site Maintenance and other tasks as needed: Assist with garden, site, and building maintenance as assigned as well as any other tasks assigned by the Executive Director.

Assistance with special events: Assist as needed with special events taking place at the WVBG.

Are you interested in applying for this position?

Please submit your cover letter and resume before February 29 to or call 304-322-2093 with any questions.

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