Short-Term Job Adventures Pennsylvania
Therapeutic Community Life Sharing Work Opportunities: Coworkers (specializing in crafts, dairy work, elder care, farming & gardening, weaving, and the wood workshop), House Parents, House & Workshop Leaders, and Service Volunteers
Glenmoore and Kimberton
Camphill staff, called Coworkers, live and work with children, youth, and adults with developmental and other disabilities in rural Camphill communities in one of thirteen communities in North America (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont as well as in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada). Daily life includes providing human support and caregiving, craft work, working in the farm or garden, cooking wholesome meals, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Full room and board, medical insurance, vacation time and a monthly stipend is provided.
Learn more about Camphill Communities in Pennsylvania:
• Camphill Soltane (Glenmoore)
• Camphill Special School (Glenmoore)
• Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Camphill Association of North America
P.O. Box 1045
1601 Pughtown Rd.
Kimberton, PA 19442
Environmental Education, Raptor Center & Adventure Program Interns
The Environmental Center is nestled in the ridge-and-valley area of central Pennsylvania located between State College and Huntingdon, only 12 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus. The many enticing hiking trails wind through the surrounding 7,000 acres of woodlands, hillsides, and marshlands of Penn State’s Stone Valley Experimental Forest, and connect to the beautiful trail system of Rothrock State Forest.
Looking for an excellent springboard to a career in cultural/natural history and the environmental education professions? Working, learning and living at Penn State University's outdoor learning laboratory, Shaver's Creek Environmental Education Interns become an integral part of the staff and participate in all aspects of the center's operation. Areas of opportunity include day and residential school programs for grades K-12, visitor center operations; live animal care and handling, volunteer training and supervision, weekend festivals and events, team building and adventure programs, and curriculum and program development. Positions are available each season, with multiple sessions possible. One Intern is also hired for the Raptor Center Program each season and the Summer Adventure Program.
Summer 2018 Internships
• Accepting applications for a summer Adventure Program Intern through January 31st and Environmental Education Interns through March 1st (or until 6-8 positions fill). Work from May/June–August.
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Penn State Outreach
3400 Discovery Rd.
Petersburg, PA 16669
(814) 865-2706 fax
Environmental Education Internships
Doug Wentzel, Internship Coordinator
Raptor Center Internships
Jason Beale, Program Director of Live Animal Care
Adventure Program Internship
Will Wise, Program Director
• Internship Program Overview »
Outdoor Education Leaders & Summer Camp Staff
Wernersville, Berks County: while just a 15 minute drive from all the amenities of an urban area (Reading, PA), guests and staff enjoy the rural feel of the camp's nearly 600 acres of spectacular views and extensive hiking and biking trails.
Join a team of enthusiastic, energetic and creative Outdoor Education Leaders who will teach lessons and activities including wildlife exploration, orienteering, low/high ropes course, archery, survival scenario and Native American studies, with work varying from short day trips to multi-day residential retreats. The Outdoor Center at South Mountain YMCA Camps has spring (mid/late March to early June) and fall season (mid-August to late November) outdoor education job openings, with a 9-month option beginning in mid-March. Camp Conrad Weiser (residential) and Bynden Wood Day Camp offer Camp Counselor and Leadership/Director positions during the summer months.
|Spring & Summer Season Employment Alert
• Now accepting applications for Outdoor Education Leaders for the spring season (mid/late March to early June) and summer camp staff.
Outdoor Center Director
South Mountain YMCA Camps
P.O. Box 147
Wernersville, PA 19565
(610) 670-5010 fax
• If you are interested in joining their summer staff team, contact Cory Evans (Camp Conrad Weiser Director) or complete the summer camp application.
Outdoor Education Instructors, Equestrian Instructors and Summer Camp Staff
The camp is located in Dingmans Ferry on a 1,100-acre property, half of which is a nature conservancy. Part of the conservancy consists of a sphagnum moss bog which is a unique place to teach outdoor education. A private, 40-acre lake offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, and in the winter ice fishing and ice skating. Two camping villages surround half of the lake, Eljabar and Speers, which can accommodate approximately 300 campers and staff.
Camp Speers YMCA features a children’s residential camp and outdoor education programs for school, scouts and a variety of retreat groups. Current job openings include spring (April 1st to June 19th) and fall (Labor Day weekend through early November) season Outdoor Education Instructors, Equestrian Instructors (early March until early November) and Summer Camp Staff (Residential and Day Camp Counselors, Adventure Trip Leaders and a Media Specialist). All summer staff positions begin on June 19th for staff training with work through August 25th. Pay varies depending on position and experience. Housing, meals and childcare are provided for most positions. Immediate family members are also welcome to participate at no charge or vastly reduced rate in all programs. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with children and/or camping. High ropes and lifeguard certifications are a plus. To apply, download and complete the employment application and send this with 3 references to Mandy Cespedes.
Camp Speers YMCA
143 Nichecronk Rd.
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
(570) 828-2984 fax
Summer Camp Staff
Residential Camps: Camp Laughing Waters (Frisbee golf, low and high ropes courses), Camp Mosey Wood (Dueling Zip line across the lake, low and high ropes courses, climbing tower) and Camp Wood Haven (Western horseback riding, climbing wall, bouldering). Day Camps: Mountain House (Pottery kiln, gaga pit, ZUMBA, traveling and cooking programs), Shelly Ridge (low ropes course, WOW ways to get creative, archery) and Valley Forge (Nature Shack, art studio, swimming).
Be part of a winning team to help girls be all they can be. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is the largest girl-serving organization in Pennsylvania and builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Summer Camp Staff will give girls the skills and confidence to imagine the unimaginable. From teaching a girl how to shoot an arrow to performing a dance recital in front of a crowd you will be her cheerleader through it all. Positions include Activity Specialists, Camp Counselors, Kitchen Staff, Lifeguards, Directors and more! The camp season runs from the end of May through mid-August. If you are outdoorsy, fun and great with kids, read through detailed job descriptions and apply today.
GSEP Career Job Opportunities
• Now seeking a Girl Experience Partnerships & Programs Coordinator and Manager of Girl Program/Camp Valley Forge. View detailed job descriptions and apply online.
Human Resources Coordinator
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
330 Manor Rd.
Miquon, PA 19444
(215) 564-2030 x1015
Outdoor Education Instructors
Nestled in the Poconos right at the base of Mount Yeager, YMCA Camp Kresge encompasses 1,100 beautiful forested acres including their very own 25-acre Beaver Lake. The Camp is located near two state parks and just 2 hours away from New York City and Philadelphia. It’s a quiet location while still being convenient to shopping.
Spend the day exploring and teaching about the great outdoors. Make a difference in the lives of children. Enjoy evenings and the weekends off to recharge your batteries. Join a positive and enthusiastic team at YMCA Camp Kresge! Outdoor Education Instructors teach hands on science-based classes including lake study, animal adaptations, forest ecology, and discovery hikes, as well as lead outdoor adventure activities such as team building, climbing tower, high ropes course and archery. Trail Groups of 12-18 students range in age from preschool to high school, with each class lasting about an hour (3 classes per visit). Positions are available during the spring (end of March to early June), with the opportunity to stay on for summer camp (Program Specialist, Camp Counselor and Leadership positions available) and fall (mid-August to early November). Internship opportunities are also available. If you are professional, patient, positive, hardworking, and flexible, send your resume, cover letter and at least 3 references Laura Buzzell-McElhinney.
It’s very rewarding to get kids outside and experiencing nature directly, particularly for kids who would otherwise not have access to a site like Camp Kresge. Each day of work is different with the variety of classes taught and the range of grades and schools that visit. What remains the same, however, is the atmosphere of positivity among the staff when working together and with the groups that come out. —Timothy W., 2nd year staff member
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Outdoor Education Director
YMCA Camp Kresge
382 Camp Kresge Ln.
White Haven, PA 18661
Environmental Education Instructors
PEEC is located on the Pocono Plateau within the boundaries of a 77,000-acre National Park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in northeastern Pennsylvania. Accessible by car, train or bus, the Center is approximately a 2-hour drive from the major metropolitan centers of New York City, Philadelphia, Newark and Trenton.
As a National Park Service education partner, Pocono Environmental Education Center provides environmental learning trips, outdoor adventures, team building, academic and family programs, retreats and conferences, nature adventure summer camp, and hands-on workshops. PEEC Instructors will offer lessons and activities addressing a wide range of topics relating to natural history and ecology, environmental issues, outdoor living skills, and teamwork to participants that range from pre-school children to adults. Responsibilities also include planning and delivering environmental education programs, developing program activities and lessons facilitated at the Center and assisting with facility upkeep and receptionist duties. The 2018 season will begin in early March and most employment will run through October. There are also assignments that begin in April/May through September. Most Instructors will work with the nature-themed day camp from mid-June to mid-August. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to Stephanie Sherman.
Director of Education
Pocono Environmental Education Center
538 Emery Rd.
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
Lodge & Hut Crews, Trail Crews, Outdoor Education Team and Support Staff
The Appalachian Mountain Club operates from Maine to Pennsylvania with offices or facilities in the following locations: Maine (Acadia National Park and 70,000 acres in central Maine just east of Greenville), Massachusetts (Boston, Northampton and South Egremont), New Hampshire (Alexandria, Chatham, Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountain National Forest), New Jersey (Delaware Water Gap), New York (Harriman State Park and NYC), and Pennsylvania (Bethlehem).
If you are passionate about the outdoors and looking for a supportive and fun culture, AMC offers a range of rewarding employment opportunities in terrific locations throughout the Northeast! Seasonal employment, summer jobs and internships are broken into four categories: Lodge & Hut Crews (Help serve food, prepare facilities, and offer trail information to outdoor enthusiasts who visit AMC outdoor lodges throughout the year), Trail Crews (AMC is responsible for over 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast and they need your help to maintain them), Outdoor Education Team (Serve as an Educator, Guide or Naturalist for various environmental educational programming), and Support Staff (During the high season, thousands of guests pass through AMC facilities, hundreds of staff who need supplies, and dozens of buildings that need maintenance). Positions are available year-round and seasonally.
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy St.
Boston, MA 02108