Day Camp Program Leader

McHenry County Conservation District Woodstock, Illinois
Job Type Seasonal / temporary


Spend the summer making an impact on youth through day camps and other educational programs! Join our Education Services Department as a Day Camp Program Leader, planning and conducting summer environmental education programs, including day camps, at various District Conservation Areas within the County.  Work hours may vary as it may require some evening and weekend work and you will need to be flexible with the work schedule.  Almost all programs are outdoors. We will train you in safety, leadership skills and camp activities as well as help you become familiar with site locations.


Job responsibilities include:

  • Work as part of a team to plan and lead a wide variety of summer day camps for children aged 6-18.
  • May also help to develop lesson plans and lead programs for a variety of audiences, including families with children, adults only, and youth only aged preschool and up. 
  • Promote awareness of the Conservation District’s mission. 
  • Maintain an awareness of worker safety guidelines and standards and apply these in performing daily activities and tasks. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion of at least (2) two years of a Bachelor’s degree program in environmental education or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least (6) six month’s experience working with children in some capacity required.
  • At least (6) six month’s experience leading natural history and conservation-related programs in an outdoor setting recommended.
  • Must have strong communication skills necessary to present programs and be able to work as a member of a team.
  • Must enjoy working with people of all ages, be enthusiastic about our natural world, and be energetic.
  • Possess a valid, current driver's license with the ability to drive a motorized vehicle to perform essential job related functions.
  • Driving a district vehicle is a requirement to perform the job responsibilities. Therefore, must be able to pass a work related pre-employment drug screening.


Work involves working primarily outside in all weather conditions with frequent walking of up to three miles per day that is at times on hilly terrain.  The job duties may require the individual to occasionally assist staff in loading and unloading 80-pound canoes onto trailers and to paddle a canoe up to seven miles.  Requires a sighted individual (vision corrected to 20/20) to plan and conduct outdoor education programs.  This work also requires an individual with normal hearing (corrected to within a normal audible range) for interacting with employees and public.


Start date is May 20th with work ending by mid-August.  Employees will be based out of either the Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake or the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, north of McHenry.  If you have a preference, please indicate so in your cover letter. 


$10-$11 per hour (Depending on Qualifications)


Applicant can locate an online application at  Must include cover letter and resume. Closing date 4/1/2019 or until filled.

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