Riverbend Lead Camp Counselor

Environmental Education


June 7th – September 3rd; Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm


Riverbend believes that amazing things happen when a child spends time in nature.

Studies show that when kids spend time in nature they:

•    Think more creatively and critically
•    Are more social and less likely to be bullied or experience bullying
•    Feel less stressed, allowing their emotional development to flourish
•    Increase their fitness level and distance vision.

Riverbend is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and passionate educators to be a part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week children come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for outdoor hands-on exploration and discovery.  The atmosphere is friendly and child-centered. Curriculum is created, interpreted and delivered by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation. Groups are generally 12-14 children and are led by a lead educator and supported by an assistant educator.


  • Lead Camp Counselors will be required create new curriculum, or to interpret existing curriculum and amend it to be age appropriate lesson plans each day. Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process and incorporate their own lesson ideas.
  • Lead Camp Counselors supervise a group of approximately 12-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility with the assistance of an Assistant Counselor. Duties include group management, ensuring camper safety, implementing lesson plans.
  • Lead and Assistant Counselors are expected to work together as a team and supervise any Educator-in-Training (teen volunteer) assigned to their group.
  • General upkeep of the facility each day will be expected with weekly chores completed on Fridays.



  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening including drug test, criminal background check, FBI fingerprint check, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Relevant field preferred by not required – Education, Biology, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, etc.).
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • 1-2 yrs experience educating and managing groups of children in a professional setting.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to follow all COVID-19 safety procedures


Physical and Medical Standards:

  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the hot summer months and in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • No allergy to plants, animals ,or chemicals that may be used on the job that may interfere with ability to perform work.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry, and load 40 lbs at a distance of 50 ft.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance or agility of movement (which cannot be corrected with appropriate devices) that may interfere with ability to perform work.

To apply:

Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:

Julia Boyer, Education Coordinator
[email protected]