Outdoor Education/Field Study Instructor/Naturalist

Clemson University Learning Institute

Summerton & Sunset, South Carolina

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $525/week, plus room, board and a sickness/accidental insurance plan
Deadline Dec 31, 2023
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
YLI Field Studies

Work Dates: Jan/Feb 2024 – May 2024 
Location: 2 Locations in South Carolina 

Camp Hannon: Sunset, SC  
Exploration Hannon: Located in the upstate Blue Ridge Mountains close to the South Carolina/North Carolina border. Staff will have quick access to hiking, canoeing/rafting, rock climbing and many other outdoor recreation activities. A mountain geology and ecology field study program designed around the processes and skills of scientific inquiry. Students will discover science concepts and engage in scientific thinking through investigations that explore the topographical phenomenon called the Blue Ridge Escarpment - a drastic and sudden 3,000-foot shift in elevation from flat piedmont to steep mountains. Activities include stream mapping, map and compass, mountain geology and ecology, aquatic ecology, zip lines, a climbing tower and more.  

Clemson University’s R.M Cooper 4-H Leadership Center 
Clemson University’s Camp Bob Cooper is seeking instructors to join our amazing outdoor education and rentals team for our Spring Season (with the potential to stay on through Summer). We provide educational programs for elementary and middle schools around the state.  Camp Bob Cooper is located in the Lowcountry of SC on a 110 acre peninsula on Lake Marion (SC’s largest lake).  Our location provides a range of ecosystems being in a lake setting and an hour from the coast in Charleston. Instructors will be trained and teach children in aquatic ecology, forestry studies, wildlife ecology, soils science, natural history of the area, teams course, and high adventure (ropes courses and climbing wall). The job includes day and evening programs, but no overnight supervision of school children in cabins.  We also work with various private and public groups that want a rental experience in a camp setting. 

Principle Duties: 

  • Regularly teach at least two curriculum components in the field study programs 
  • Lead students in daily program activities (wake-up, flagpole, meals, canteen, and campfire). 
  • Be actively involved in all program activities, leading and participating in evening recreational and instructional times as scheduled. 
  • Assist with routine clean up and set up of program areas. 
  • Perform direct supervision of children while involved with activities. 
  • Facilitate groups utilizing adventure activities. 


  • Degree in Environmental Education, Natural Sciences, Parks & Recreation or related field preferred OR Experience in Environmental Ed Programs and/or Camping Programs 
  • Must have the patience, understanding, flexibility, and a lot of energy. 
  • Must demonstrate teaching skills and the ability to implement creative “hands on” teaching methods. 
  • Must be willing to sacrifice, adapt and work hard as part of a team pursuing an objective. 
  • Must be physically able to perform the tasks required to teach outdoors. 
  • Must be willing to work long hours. 

Pay Scale: 
$525/week plus room, board, and a sickness/accidental insurance plan. 

Contact: Send resumes to Megan Griffith at mg5@clemson.edu 


Send resume to Megan Griffith at mg5@clemson.edu with the subject line "Spring 2024 Field Study Application"

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Naturalist, Nature Center