Short-Term Job Adventures Pennsylvania
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.
Fall 2017 Internships
• Accepting applications for fall Environmental Education & Raptor Interns through June 15th. Internships runs from September to December.
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
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.
|Summer & Fall Season Employment Alert
• Now accepting applications for summer camp staff and Outdoor Education Leaders for the fall season (mid-August to late November).
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 Amanda Griffith 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.
Human Resources Coordinator
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
330 Manor Rd.
Miquon, PA 19444
(215) 564-2030 x1015
Located in Sandy Lake approximately 75 miles north of Pittsburgh. This environmental education facility consists of 205 acres of “living textbook” where the pages are often 60-feet tall, 100 years old, something slimy and, of course, always in living color; one of the trails connects McKeever to Lake Wilhelm in Goddard State Park.
After intensive training, Teaching Interns will become integral staff members organizing, teaching and delivering exemplary day and residential programs to hundreds of school-aged children. During your stay at McKeever, you will also live and learn in a setting that promotes sustainability: wind, solar and geothermal practices are alternative technologies used at the Center. Internships are available during the spring (mid-March through the first week in June) and the fall (early September for 10-12 weeks). If you are enthusiastic, energetic, positive, enjoy being outdoors, love working with children and have a passion for environmental education and treading lightly on the planet, download an application and send to the McKeever Center.
McKeever Environmental Learning Center
55 McKeever Ln.
Sandy Lake, PA 16145
(724) 376-8235 fax
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 20 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. Have evenings to yourself 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). No weekday evening duties are required. Positions are available during the spring (early April to early June), summer camp (June to mid-August) and fall (mid-August to early November). If you are professional, patient, positive, hardworking, and flexible, send your resume, cover letter and at least 3 references Laura Buzzell-McElhinney.
Outdoor Education Director
YMCA Camp Kresge
382 Camp Kresge Ln.
White Haven, PA 18661
Summer Head of Outdoor Adventure
A drive up the Camp’s mile long private road will bring you to the 385-acre brother/sister campus, which includes its own private lake and surrounded by the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. New York City is just a 2½ hour drive away.
Now seeking a Head of Outdoor Adventure (OA) for the summer season who will supervise, mentor and provide guidance to a team of 14 outdoor adventure program staff members. With activities consisting of archery, ropes/challenge wall, fishing, outdoor living skills, hikes and camping trips, the OA Head will manage each area and step in when necessary to lead by example. Duties also include pre-camp training, working with staff members to complete lesson plans and making sure each activity area is organized and well maintained. Applicants should have a passion for teaching and able to work well with boys and girls of all levels, prior background with instructing and belaying, developing lessons and team building, experience managing college-aged students, and knowledge of outdoor living skills. Position runs from June 14th through August 13th. To apply, fill out the online application; then email your resume to Roy Kaplan.
P.O. Box 33389
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420
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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
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 twelve 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 (Kimberton)
Camphill Association of North America
360 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534