The Outdoor Education program at House in the Wood features a stimulating, hands-on and inquiry-based curriculum as well as fun and exciting outdoor recreation and team building activities.

House in the Wood Trail Leaders engage students in a hands-on curriculum and exciting activities that bring outdoor education concepts to life!

House In The Wood is an Outdoor Education Center, Retreat Center and Summer Camp operated by Northwestern Settlement, a nonprofit organization serving youth and families in Chicago. Offering day trips and 2-4 day residential programs geared mostly to elementary and middle school aged students in the 3rd-8th grade, the Outdoor Education program features a stimulating, hands-on and inquiry-based curriculum as well as fun and exciting outdoor recreation and team building activities.

What You'll Be Doing

Trail Leader/Counselors are responsible for teaching outdoor education classes and supervising students in the cabin.

Trail Leader/Counselors
Trail Leader/Counselors are responsible for teaching outdoor education classes to a maximum of 15 children, with programs that includes animals & insects, aquatics, arts & crafts, astronomy, ecology & conservation, forest & plants, geology, outdoor skills & recreation, team building and evening activities. Duties also include supervising students in the cabin giving them the opportunity to learn and refine essential life skills like communication, cooperation, organization and time management. A typical day will include teaching with a co-leader 5 hours of lessons and facilitating social-emotional learning opportunities during non-lesson times and cabin wake-up/tuck-in. Training, manuals, equipment, supplies and ongoing support is supplied for all staff.

Develop and Refine Transferable Job Skills in:
Meeting Challenges
Working with Youth
Group Facilitation
Creative Problem-Solving
Childhood Development
Environmental Education
Organization
and Leadership!

Using ropes and harnesses, climbers of all ages and abilities can climb into the tops of the towering oak trees that look over the grounds.

Tree Climbing!
Trees make up one of the most essential parts of the ecosystems and the beautiful scenery of the House In The Wood campus, and now they also have their own activity! With the help and supervision of Trail Leaders, students will get to climb into these massive oaks using ropes and harness to reach the highest heights!

Location

The grounds include lush wooded areas, a marsh teeming with life and always a beautiful and vibrant shoreline.

House In The Wood staff work and live on a beautiful wooded campus on the shores of Lake Delavan in southeast Wisconsin. Chicago and Milwaukee are both easily accessed for fun-filled days off.

Season Commitment

A typical day will include teaching with a co-leader 5 hours of lessons and facilitating social-emotional learning opportunities during non-lesson times and cabin wake-up/tuck-in.

This is a residential position. Staff are ON for arrival of students on Monday through departure on Friday, with the weekends off. Staff receive around 2 hours of breaks during the day and another potential 2 hours in the evening.

Paid fall season training runs from September 13th–22nd, with employment through October 27th (or longer). Positions are also available during the winter/spring season (dates to be determined).

Perks & Rewards

Training, manuals, equipment, supplies and ongoing support is supplied for all staff.

Compensation includes $400-$500/week, tasty meals and comfortable housing, free laundry and WiFi access, travel allowance, extensive training and support, and living and working with incredible students and staff in an idyllic lakefront setting.

The Essentials

Why climb trees? Fun. Good for the brain. Exercise. Do it together. Connect with nature.

Applicants must have experience with supervising children, teaching outdoor lessons, or a desire to learn (House In The Wood will train you!), a positive and friendly attitude, and the ability to work independently when teaching lessons, work closely with other staff members, and attend pre-session on-site training.

Resident Program staff are often made up of college students or recent graduates from across the country who are interested in teaching children and the natural sciences.

Application & Connections

Work as a team and grow together!

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Neal Prokop. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

House In The Wood is an Outdoor Education Center, Retreat Center and Summer Camp operated by Northwestern Settlement, a nonprofit organization serving youth and families in Chicago.

Neal Prokop
Program Director
House In The Wood
3300 Bay Rd.
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-2752
nprokop@nush.org
HouseInTheWood.com

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