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Summer Camp Coordinator

TITLE: Summer Camp Coordinator


REPORTS TO: Education Director

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time; Seasonal; Non-exempt; Hourly

Discovery Days Summer Camp for Kids is a series of stimulating day camps for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 filled with discovery, exploration and imagination to keep young minds actively engaged and learning through the summer months. Informal, week-long sessions for each age group feature activities to help children discover the world of Bok Tower Gardens through art, science, cooking, gardening, and sensory explorations.

Discovery Days offer an experiential learning curriculum fostering awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of natural and cultural resources by connecting children to food, culture and nature at the beautiful Bok Tower Gardens. Camp themes for 2017 are:

  • Fir, Feather, Fins and more
  • Teambuilding and Beyond
  • Grow it, Cook it, Eat it
  • Creative Expression in the Gardens

The Summer Camp Coordinators will lead the day-to-day implementation of each camp session including the delivery of experiential programming and the care and supervision of the campers.

DUTIES: (under the direction of the Education Coordinator and the Director of Education)

  • From 8 am to 4 pm Mon-Fri during entire camp season be present and accessible as onsite camp leadership
  • Provide a welcoming and organized camp experience including greeting campers and families, staff and volunteers
  • Supervise volunteers and assistant staff
  • Support the needs of guest speakers
  • Set up, clean up, organization, and management of materials
  • Participate in daily debriefing both at day’s start and end, being prepared to implement daily schedules and program changes in the morning, and report any incidents and problems that affect the next camp days
  • Ensure that all program schedules are completed with quality and in a timely manner
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate program and administrative records
  • Exercise effective and personable communication with everyone at the Gardens: campers and their families, volunteers, staff, and other guests
  • Be flexible with the program schedule to meet the immediate and changing demands of campers while adhering to the goals and flow of the program
  • Be responsible for the wellness of volunteers, interns, instructors and campers
  • Deliver fun and engaging environmental education through experiential learning opportunities, seek out these opportunities within the curriculum and abilities of the campers
  • Anticipate campers needs (materials, learning environment, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs), and when appropriate apply responses and/or convey needs to Education Coordinator
  • Observe camper behavior, assesses its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques
  • Deal with discipline issues immediately and with genuine concern for all involved
  • Be a leader in parent communication and address parent concerns in a timely manner
  • In June, prior to camp, participate in training in content, group dynamics, garden information and trails, child development, volunteer management, experiential learning, inquiry learning, and nature play
  • In August, after camp concludes, participate in reorganization of materials, evaluations, and records


  • FIRM commitment to the entire camp season
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, natural sciences, horticulture, or a related field
  • Minimum two years experience in teaching and leading youth programs including program delivery and program management
  • Minimum two years coordinating/supervising, motivating staff and volunteers
  • Current Basic First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Current Food Handler’s Certification
  • Clean background check
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques, goals and objectives of environmental education
  • Acceptance of diverse audiences in gender, race, religion, ethnicity, age, and mental and physical development
  • Health and stamina to be standing and moving continuously from 7 am to 4 pm including bending, kneeling, squatting, lifting, twisting, walking, getting up from the ground without support, outside in Florida summer weather conditions
  • Self-motivated, detailed-oriented, team player
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills


  • Understanding of the connections between child development, education, experiential education, environmental education, nature, gardening, and youth programming
  • Sympathy for the emotional and physical needs of children
  • Posses a genuine love of nature, education, and youth
  • Possess a sense of adventure balanced with a strong sense of responsibility
  • Possess excellent organizational, communication, and people skills
  • Exemplify and model a general attitude of helpfulness, support, and growth
  • Possess integrity, sound judgment, and a sense of humor appropriate to all ages
  • Flexibility and ability to make learning shifts that provide a safe and effective learning environment
  • Personal experience in gardening and a personal connection to the natural world
  • Appreciation for artistic expression in visual art, music, architecture, and the written word

Resumes, accompanied by letters of interest, may be submitted by mail, fax or email. Applications may also be picked up at the entrance gate at the street address listed below and may be mailed or returned to the entrance gate for processing. Bok Tower Gardens is a Drug-Free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Human Resources
Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Fax: 863-676-6770


Deadline for resume/application submission:  Position is open until filled.
Only qualified applicants will be contacted.