Seasonal Summer Urban Naturalist Day Camp Assistant

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Position Summary

Patterson Park Audubon Center, located in southeast Baltimore, is based out of an office in a rehabilitated row home, across the street from Patterson Park. Popular programs of the Center work to engage students and adults in conservation education and outcomes, through academic environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship. The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that provide:

  • Education, engagement, and stewardship opportunities that intentionally guide participants to contribute to conservation outcomes of Audubon’s conservation plan;
  • Education, engagement, and stewardship opportunities that align with Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration goals; and
  • Opportunities for Audubon to increase the diversity of people taking conservation action at the local level.


Purpose of the position:

Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks four part-time (10-15 hours/week for a total of 85 hours) Assistants to help plan, instruct, and document the Summer Urban Naturalists (SUN) day camp in Baltimore City. The SUN Assistants will be trained, then lead campers entering kindergarten through 5th grade in hands-on environmental activities utilizing Patterson Park as an outdoor classroom. We seek enthusiastic individuals who will inspire others about the natural world! High school students are encouraged to apply!



Training/orientation will take place the week of June 21st. You must be available for training/orientation, and the following five weeks of camp (June 28th-July 31st). Camp schedule will be determined with camp partners in May/June. Hours outside camp days are more flexible, but not to exceed 15 hours/week.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare materials and deliver instruction for elementary school-aged campers in Patterson Park. Evaluate and enhance curriculum content, materials, and procedures as needed.
  • Lead groups of approximately 10 campers in engaging, hands-on environmental activities, including stewardship projects, nature-themed games, both structured and unstructured nature play, and possibly an off-site field trip.
  • Ensure equity among both in-person and remote campers by creating short videos and assembling kits of materials. These will also serve as a back-up plan in the case of inclement weather on camp day, or a COVID exposure necessitating virtual learning.
  • Work with the Summer Camp Supervisor and Education Manager to create visual social media content documenting Summer Urban Naturalist activities. Use video to tell our story to the public as well as potential supporters.
  • Consistently and carefully sanitize materials and ensure other best practices to limit and eliminate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Maintain accurate records of program participation.
  • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward.
  • Work closely with the Summer Camp Supervisor and Education Manager to assist with animal care and office duties as needed.


  • Internal: Serves as a part of our education staff; reports to the Summer Camp Supervisor and Education Manager. Works with additional center and state staff.
  • External: Maintains professional, positive, and friendly working relationship with partner camp’s staff, participating campers and families, general public, volunteers, and local/regional community organizations and school groups.


  • Able to use phone, photocopier, and computers for word-processing, social media, and email.
  • Familiarity with environmental education equipment such as fishing rods, binoculars, and insect nets.
  • Using video equipment and editing software.

Qualifications and Experience

We seek creative and hardworking people dedicated to education and the environment, who possess the following skills and experiences:

  • One year’s experience working with children in an educational or informal setting preferred. One year experience may be achieved by combining time from multiple positions or roles (example: multiple summer or school year teaching experiences, babysitting, coaching, etc.)
  • Enjoy working with children from diverse backgrounds ranging in age from those entering Kindergarten to 5th grade.
  • Basic knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology and Baltimore City ecology, or eagerness to learn.
  • Basic knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, or eagerness to learn.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors including plants, insects, birds, and aquatic organisms.
  • Demonstrated group management skills.
  • Demonstrated adherence to CDC and Audubon guidelines as they relate to limiting and eliminating the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccination is a plus.
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, organized, responsible, patient.
  • Ability to work as a team and also with minimal supervision.
  • Professional and friendly manner.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • Background check is required for those 18 years of age or older.

Physical Requirements:

  • Position may involve moderate hiking, wading in water, fishing, handling live animals, equipment maintenance, the ability to lift 50 pounds. Note: the Audubon office is only accessible by stairs.


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