Associated Recreation Council, Seattle

Summer Nature Environmental Education Director (Carkeek Park)

The Carkeek Earth Keeper Environmental Education Director will develop activities for a group of youth between the ages of 6-12 in a summer day camp environment that is designed with exciting nature lessons utilizing surrounding bodies of water and trails. Our innovative day camp at Carkeek Park  is developed as a highly collaborative teaching and interpretive program which stresses a child's personal growth, discovery, and spontaneity.

Pay rate: $20.00 hourly/non-exempt


  • May 14-June 22, 2018; 20 hours during that time for program preparation (Monday - Friday)
  • June 25 - June 29, 2018; 40 hours; program training with Educators
  • July 2 - August 24, 2018; program runs; up to 40 hours per week
  • Schedule subject to change due to program/season and business needs


  • Develop, plan, and implement a specialty nature camp program for children aged 6-12
  • In conjunction with other nature camp staff, develop environmental education and stewardship curriculum for this age group
  • Plan and teach themed lessons about Water and Wild Life, Bugs and Insects, Plants and Trees, Essentials for Survival, and Maps and Compasses
  • Work and train staff to ensure the care and safety of participants always
  • Design and implement a program budget and conduct purchasing for program
  • Design a weekly calendar of activities and snack menus
  • Maintain positive relationships with families, staff, and the public
  • Hire and supervise staff, manage budget, and oversee all administrative processes associated with running the camp
  • Work in partnership with city staff to manage registration paperwork intake, payments, and waitlists
  • Create staff schedules and administer scheduled breaks
  • Complete required administrative reports, such as attendance and activity logs, accident/incident reports, hot sheets, and evaluations
  • Serve as the point of contact for participants and families
  • Work in ratio and deliver program to participants


  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • BA/BS Degree in environmental Education, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Education or equivalent preferred
  • Must have at least 2+ years of experience working in child-related programs
  • Must have 3-5 years supervisory and/or mentorship experience
  • Must have demonstrated working experience working with families, community members and partners to foster positive relationships
  • Must have a valid WA state driver license and clear a driving history record from DOL upon hire
  • Must successfully complete a background check

This is a summer non-benefited position. Hours will vary and may be scheduled between 7:00am to 6:00pm. 

Please provide a resume, cover letter to determine if you qualify.

This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.  ARC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  ARC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Position opened until filled. Applications are reviewed as soon as it is received.