Summer Camps at Delaware Nature Society

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Erynn DeGennaro

PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707


Summer Camp Extended Care Coordinator

Opportunity Type: 12-week, Contract


Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Covid Requirements

DelNature requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination (copy of vaccination card) is required prior to hiring. Applicants unable to vaccinate must submit a medical exemption (note) from their doctor, will need to test every 7 days, and will submit their test results to their supervisor.  Based on CDC guidelines, currently, the booster shot is not required to be fully vaccinated.

Job Description

The Extended Care Coordinator position is a 12-week term contract assignment primarily located at DelNature’s Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, Delaware. The Extended Care Coordinator is responsible for the effective delivery of educational lessons and activities for children ages 5 to 15 during extended sessions to the camp day. The coordinator will participate in 1 week of training prior to the start of the summer camp season. Typical hours are 2 pm – 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday but are subject to change.


  • Develop and lead activities during the After-Camp program
  • Support and participate in instructor training events and activities
  • Assist with program preparation and clean-up and with care and handling of program materials, equipment, and live animals
  • Coordinate with supervisors to ensure program quality and safety
  • Assist with regular camp day pick up and transition into After-Camp program
  • Assist with other camp duties as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Teaching experience or experience working with children
  • Public relations/communication skills
  • Experience with group management in an unconventional setting
  • Natural sciences knowledge
  • Outdoor recreation skills and experience
  • Ability to work effectively and productively as part of a team, indoors, and outside under variable weather conditions
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the organization
  • Valid Drivers License
  • 21 years of age or older

Highlights of the Summer Camp Extended Care Coordinator Experience

  • Working with supportive, experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Being outdoors and teaching children
  • Gaining practical professional experience in environmental education
  • Receiving training in environmental education teaching techniques, behavior management strategies, outdoor leadership, team building, first aid/CPR, and other outdoor recreation training as needed.
  • Receiving training on animal handling for animal collections

Salary and Benefits

This position is paid hourly (pay rate dependent on qualifications) for the 12-week term position divided into twice-monthly payments with all required federal and state taxes withheld. The coordinator may utilize shared DelNature housing including utilities in the Ashland Nature Center farmhouse if needed and available. The Ashland Farmhouse is fully furnished and includes 3 private bedrooms, 1 and ½ shared bathrooms, common kitchen with appliances/utensils, dining room, living room, and screened in front porch.

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