Nature Specialist (Ages 18+)
Camp Raanana @ the J
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
*Camp Raanana @ the J takes place for two weeks in August
Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake
Michigan United Conservation Club
2500 Pierce Road
Chelsea, MI 48118
*Camp Raanana @ Cedar Lake (9:30 AM-3:30 PM), mid-June through mid-August. You will take a bus from the J to Cedar Lake and back each day.
Pre & Post Camp
Morning Drop-off (8:45 AM) & Afternoon Pick-up (4:00 PM)
Pre-Camp (7:30-9:00 AM) & Post-Camp (4:00-6:00 PM)
*Ability to work Pre or Post Camp for more pay
Responsibilities as a Nature Specialist
□ Listen to, respect, follow the decisions, and report any emergencies or any inappropriate behavior to the
Camp Director (Waterfront/Assistant Waterfront Directors during waterfront or water activities)
□ Listen to, and respect opinions of other staff including fellow Counselor’s-In-Training, lifeguards, and counselors
□ Supervise groups of staff and campers, acting as guardian, advocate , and disciplinarian, and put their best interests first
□ Maintain a safe and healthy environment for his/her campers, abiding by all camp rules/policies. Ability to assist in emergencies
□ Have a working knowledge of Ann Arbor’s/Chelsea’s natural history AND/OR ability to quickly learn about the area around Cedar Lake (Camp Raanana)
□ Take campers out on exploration, making learning about nature ‘fun’ while sometimes incorporating Jewish themes
□ Tailor each activity to the specific age group you are working with
□ Expose campers to certain things they may not be exposed to at home (though not pushing someone who does not want to participate)
□ Let the Camp Director know of any materials you may need well ahead of time to perform any activity
□ Report to: Camp Director and Assistant Camp Directors. Waterfront Director during swimming or water activities
Must be at least 18 years or older with a High School degree, and a desire and attitude to work with children in a small group setting.
Preferred: 1-2 years camp experience whether as a camper, Counselor-In-Training (CIT), Junior or Senior Counselor (in previous years).
Must have proven management, good communication and organizational skills, and the ability to be creative and take direction/instruction.
Preference will be given to those who have earned, or are working toward a degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, outdoor education, recreation, or related field.
Possess current First Aid/CPR certification.
*You are not required to be Jewish, but must be open to learning about Judaism (i.e. songs, prayers, etc.)
**Must be able to pass a background check
Physical Aspects of the Job
□ Ability to communicate orally and in writing
□ Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards
□ Ability to enforce safety regulations and execute appropriate emergency procedure
□ Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, injury) and possess strength and endurance require to maintain constant supervision of campers
□ Activities may include / require:
• Prolonged standing, walking
• Hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment
• The need to lift up to 50 lbs
• Prolonged exposure to outdoor elements (sun, wind, rain, etc.) and animals or insects (bugs, etc.)
□ Successful completion of all the required duties and expectations will ensure that the experience of the camper will be a safe and positive one.
Staff training will be held prior to camp beginning. Applicant must be able to attend staff training in order to work.
□ Salaried for up to eight weeks between June and August. Commensurate with experience. Absences unpaid.
□ Certain overnights mandatory
Questions: Tamara Lewis, Programs Office Manager, (734) 971-0990 ext. 141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org