Kroening Nature Center Summer Camp Naturalist
Minneapolis, MN 
Posted 5 days ago
Job Description

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking seasonal Summer Camp Naturalist Instructors to work out of Kroening Nature Center at North Mississippi Regional Park to do the following:

  • Plan, prepare and lead fun, hands-on, nature-based summer day camp sessions that promote positive outdoor, educational, and recreational experiences for campers ages 6-12
  • Oversee camp participants' safety and well-being while helping to facilitate children's interactions with others and their surroundings by reinforcing principles of respect and responsibility
  • Provide high-quality customer service and communication with parents/guardians while building positive relationships with campers as well as families
  • Engage and encourage campers in learning, exploration, and skill development through positive experiences
  • Successfully implement group management strategies while conducting camp. Appropriately identify and respond to camper behavioral issues as needed
  • Maintain established standards of safety and recordkeeping practices
  • Use materials and resources responsibly. Maintain clean work, and educational spaces
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Work Season and Hours: This is a seasonal position, averaging 35-40 hours per week Monday-Friday. Camps run June 20th - Sept 1st, 2023. Required paid training the week of June 12th -16th.

Compensation: $18.00 per hour. This position is eligible for sick and safe leave in accordance with the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. This position is not eligible for other benefits.


  • Minimum of one season leading summer camp outdoors in an environmental education setting or similar
  • Demonstrated success teaching diverse populations (especially children) in an outdoor setting
  • Academic training in environmental education, ecology, natural history, teaching or similar
  • Working knowledge of Minnesota flora, fauna and ecosystems
  • Must be a strong leader, self-starter, and can accomplish tasks with little direct supervision
  • Excellent customer service skills, a positive attitude, creativity, enthusiasm, and adaptability
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to maintain positivity and composure in times of stress while interacting with campers and co-workers
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs., hike uneven terrain, and work effectively in all weather conditions

Desired but Not Required:

  • Previous experience developing programs, lesson plans or curriculum
  • Previous program instruction that included live education animals
  • Ability to communicate fluently in a second language: Spanish, Hmong, or Somali preferred
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

This is a seasonal position, averaging 35-40 hours per week Monday-Friday. Camps run June 20th - Sept 1st, 2023. Required paid training the week of June 12th -16th.

Apply by submitting Cover letter and resume to Jeannette Lutter-Gardella,

Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 5, 2023

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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