Camp Teaching Assistant

San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $18/hr

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking to hire 2 summer camp teaching assistants.   

This will be a seasonal summer position from May 27 through August 14, 2024. 

Position Summary: 

The Camp Teaching Assistant (CTA) will assist in providing dynamic mission driven educational summer programming for grades 1-8 using an interactive, engaging, inquiry-based learning style. This is a seasonal position only. 

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities: 

The Camp Teaching Assistant will assist the camp instructor and ensure quality experience for both our camp aides and participating campers.   

Responsibilities include: 

  • Primary focus will be to assist the camp instructor. CTA should expect to facilitate and participate in a wide variety of activities. Deliver fun and educational programs to our campers. 
  • Assist in the mentorship and leadership of youth volunteers (camp aides). 
  • Preparation, set-up and clean-up of camp supplies, equipment and classrooms. 
  • Create a positive and welcoming environment for campers and their families. 
  • Assist at drop-off, pick-up and lunch times.  
  • Inspire campers in a positive and engaging manner. 
  • Establish and maintain a professional rapport with camp and Museum staff. 
  • Represent oneself and the Museum in a professional, respectful, and courteous manner. 
  • Ensure the highest level of safety both physically and emotionally. 
  • Follow Museum policy and procedure. 
  • Opportunities to teach and lead lessons and activities. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Must have one year college experience or work experience out of high school. 
  • Knowledge of the San Diego Natural History Museum (or willingness to learn). 
  • Knowledge of the natural world and/or camp subject (or willingness to learn). 
  • Prior experience working with children in a camp or classroom environment.  
  • Interpersonal skills. 
  • Must be punctual and dependable. 
  • Demonstrated handling of oneself in a professional manner. 
  • Knowledge of current MS Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 
  • Ability to work individually and in a collaborative environment. 
  • Ability to climb stairs, stand upwards for several hours at a time, lift up to 30 pounds frequently, work and/or type at a desk for several hours at a time. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to attend scheduled orientations, trainings and meetings. 
  • Please let us know about any special certifications, skills or interests. For example; inclusion and special needs, bilingual, iNaturalist, CPR/First Aid, theater or performance background, etc.  

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Time Commitment: Approximately 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. This is an eight-to-nine-week commitment and includes additional days for training and orientation. Camps run June 10 through August 9, 2024.  

Compensation: $18.00 per hour.   

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.


Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, résumé, and three references. Send to hr@sdnhm.org.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Environmental Education , Outdoor Recreation
Tags Naturalist