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Summer Camp Educator 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective: Camp Educators oversee the general success and safety of camp groups by implementing weekly science curriculums designed for PreK-8th grade children. While coordinating with Camp Counselors, Camp Volunteers, and Camp leadership, educators are responsible to plan daily schedules, lead educational activities, and manage the group and classroom environment.



  • Lead hands-on informal science activities for campers 
    • Topics including nature discovery, tinkering, space, and animal behavior/care 
    • Facilitate curriculum written by year-round staff for 3 – 4 hours of each camp day 
    • Lead informal group games, songs, and skits 
  • Act as point of contact between caretakers, Site Directors, and full-time Museum staff 
    • Provide caretakers appropriate feedback at camper pick-up and drop-off to ensure successful camp experience. 
    • Maintain accurate and timely program records such as camper documentation and daily program summaries.  
  • Work closely with Site Directors, Camp Counselors, volunteers, and year-round Museum staff to maintain safety and well-being for up to 18 campers at a time 
    • Demonstrate compassion and empathy while utilizing positive behavior techniques to ensure campers with diverse needs and backgrounds follow safety and community guidelines 
    • Traveling to and from the camp space and other campus locations 
    • Oversee safe and efficient trips to and from bathrooms 
    • Communicate issues to camp leadership and team in a timely manner 
    • Be aware of and implement Museum policies 
  • General classroom and materials management 
    • Design and scheduling of individual camp activities 
    • Set up activities and clean up the classroom before and after the camp day 
    • Monitor classroom supplies and request replenishments when needed 
    • Evaluate program for feasibility and effectiveness & communicate issues to camp staff and curriculum writers 
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and trainings 
    • Facilitate daily team meetings with Counselors to outline the day’s activities, discuss group management plans, address emergent issues 
    • Trainings 
      • Virtual Trainings – 1 weekday a week from April- early May 
      • General Camp Orientation – May 18th – 19th  
      • Topics Trainings – June 1st – 2nd  
      • Camp Curiosity Orientation - June 15th 
      • Review written training materials  
    • Mid-Summer evaluation materials 
  • Represent the museum in a professional manner during interactions and while out on the Museum floor. 
  • Additional job-related duties as assigned  


Actual pay Rate: $16.00/hour

Position Requirements


  • 2+ years' experience or study in education, science, or related field  
  • Previous experience teaching in a formal or informal education or camp setting 
  • Motivation and desire to encourage and model critical thinking and scientific discovery 
  • Experience developing fun, informal group games and activities for groups of up to 18 campers  
  • Focus on physical and emotional safety and well-being  
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to work well with others  
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure with a positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to spend the day actively engaging the campers following pre-written outlines 
  • Availability to work a minimum of 5 weeks of summer consisting of 11 weeks between June 3 – August 16 
  • Must be able to be on their feet for up to 6 hours at a time, covering distances of up to one mile over varying terrains, be able to lift 25 pounds 
  • Ability to work outside in heat and humidity; some camps occur in an outdoor classroom and all camps spend time outdoors. 
  •  Complete COVID-19 Vaccination (Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer) or exemption. 



  • Bi-lingual Proficiency  
  • Demonstrated interest and background in natural sciences and/or technology 
  • Experience working with youth from different backgrounds and abilities 


For technology-based camps: 

  • Programming in JavaScript 
  • Game Modding 
  • Robotics building and programming including LEGO Robotics platforms 


Important Note . . . Camp Staff do not have to work the entire summer schedule, but will be asked to work a minimum of 5 weeks. Applicants will be asked to detail their summer availability during the interview process, and preference will be given to those able to work more weeks. First time staff are expected to work the week of July 1- July 5 (Camp is held on July 4th).

Shift Days  
Pay Range $16.00/hour  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Education  

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