Summer Camp Instructor

Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is pleased to announce a temporary summer position for undergraduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences or outdoor/environmental education fields and have prior experience working with children (recent graduates may also apply). Our Eco-Discovery Camp is a small, science-based environmental education day camp for children ages 5-10 that was started last year. Typical weekly enrollment is between 6 and 12 children. We are expanding the camp for its second summer and are looking to hire an instructor to help the Camp Director in all aspects of running the camp, including but not limited to program planning and implementation, daily prep and clean-up, and camper behavior management. The instructor will also be required to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events and education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow.

Camp is in session 8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, June 25 through August 24. Mandatory orientation/training will be held on Thursday 6/21 and Friday 6/22/18. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $200-$250 depending on experience, along with free on-site, shared housing for the duration of employment if needed. Preference will be given to applicants who are available for the entire camp season.


  • Work with Camp Director to run daily camp activities, often including managing a small group of children independently for the majority of the day.
  • Supervise children, often independently, in an outdoor setting that includes forests, streams, and wetlands, with travel both on and off-trail. We will be outside in all weather conditions except thunderstorms.
  • Daily activity prep and clean-up.
  • Handle and present education program animals (reptiles and amphibians).
  • Other duties as assigned, including miscellaneous office work, staffing community events, and animal care.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Completion of at least one year of post-secondary education, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, outdoor education, environmental education, or a related field.
  • Previous work experience with groups of children in formal or informal settings; summer camp, outdoor education, and/or environmental education experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of general ecological concepts and New England natural history, or a willingness to quickly learn.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to follow directions and give and receive feedback.
  • Outgoing and engaging personality; ability to entertain young children.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work long days outdoors, under potentially adverse conditions, while supervising a group of children.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification, or the ability to obtain before start of camp.
  • Record of a physical exam from within last three years (State camp license requirement).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • For applicants in need of housing: Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others and maintain a clean, smoke-free living environment.

To apply, please email as a single PDF a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for at least 2 references (preferably from relevant work experience with children) to our Camp Director, Sena Rasun-Mahendra, at gro.w1537305075olloh1537305075taerg1537305075@anes1537305075. Please put CAMP APPLICATION [Last name_First name] in the email subject line. Last date to apply is March 31, 2018. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.


Research Interns

Great Hollow offers summer internships to undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns work under the Executive Director on our summer research projects, during which they gain experience in study design, field methods, data collection, and data analysis. Interns also help with miscellaneous office duties, public events, youth education programs, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships generally begin in late May and last 8 weeks, although start and end dates are usually flexible. A weekly stipend of $200-250 is included, depending on experience. Free on-site, shared housing is available for interns who do not live locally.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.
-GPA of 3.0 or above.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-English fluency.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
​-Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing).
-Previous field biology experience.
-Proof of health insurance coverage.

Applications are due by March 31 and are reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please email (as a single PDF) a cover letter that outlines your experience, interests, and goals; a resume/CV; and contact info for at least two references to gro.w1537305075olloh1537305075taerg1537305075@ofni1537305075. Please put INTERN APPLICATION [Last name_First name] in the subject line.