Nature Center Specialist

Position Overview

The Nature Center Specialist is a key member of the Wild Woods program team and is responsible for managing all activities at the "Ruah" Nature Center. They help prepare and present a few lessons for small groups of campers throughout the week and also acquaint themselves with the exhibits and activities located in the Nature Center. They report to the Wild Woods Program Director and participate in skits, evening games, and other camp program activities and events as assigned.

You love Jesus. You trust the Bible as God's Word. And you don't just want a "summer job" where you punch in and punch out. You want to develop your skills, grow in your walk with Christ in an awesome community of peers who can support and encourage you.

You're motivated to share your faith in a way that impacts the lives of your peers and will challenge you physically and emotionally as you harness new skills for leading adults and kids alike.

If this summary has your 'ear', then this summer on staff at Trout Lake Camps as a Nature Center Specialist could be your summer job "fit".

This is an entry-level, summer-only role. Prior camp experience is helpful but not required. Successful Nature Center Specialists are great at staying organized, eager to share fun facts, and are excited to share their own love of God's creation with others. They are great at teaching from the front as well as connecting with campers on a one-on-one basis, and they see Creation as an incredible thing that points to an incredible God.

Who You Are:

  • A committed Christ-follower who displays a commitment and attitude of reflecting Jesus
  • A diligent servant who is energized by team fellowship & collaboration
  • An individual who can be trusted to follow established rules, policies, and procedures to keep staff and campers safe
  • A person who measures productivity by completing their "list" every day
  • A young leader curious about a career calling into full-time ministry

What You'll Do:

  • Attend staff training (begins late May)
  • Develop a lesson plan that is approved by the Program Director
  • Keep your Nature Center cleaned and organized
  • Feed the fish
  • Lead, organize, and assist in other program areas as assigned by the Program Director
  • Assist with camper exit and entrance day responsibilities as assigned
  • Train to drive camp wagons as assigned
  • Assist in program activities including serving as a cabin buddy and ministry teams

For Bonus Points:

  • You have a working knowledge of native Minnesota flora and fauna
  • You have experience in theater
  • You are a former Trout camper or staff member

Work Perks:

When you join the Trout Lake Camps summer staff, our prayer is that you will grow spiritually in your walk with Jesus, your leadership will be sharper, and you'll see a connection between your work and the work that God does in the lives of campers. Safe, Fun, Gospel are the hallmarks of the Trout staff experience.

  • Onsite housing provided (dorm-style housing in either male or female housing)
  • Free meals while camp is in and out of session
  • Work experience may qualify for university credit (contact your school's internship office)
  • Spiritual development opportunities
  • Supportive and positive working environment
  • Staff social activities throughout the summer

Starting Pay Is $350 A Week!

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Summer Positions at Trout work (Memorial Day through the end of August).
Some minor accommodations can be made for time off on a case-by-case basis.

Attendance at our Summer Training is required for this position.
(Memorial Day through Middle of June)