Summer Environmentalist

College Settlement Camps

Horsham , Pennsylvania


Hands on environmental education is a huge part of our summer and outdoor school programs.

Summer (June 11-August 18):

Our camp programs combine traditional activities such as crafts, swimming and posts with "Nature Time". Our summer environmentalists take care of our camp animals, lead nature hikes and creek crawls, take groups of kids and counselors to Pennypack Farm (also on our site) and generally amaze kids with those indescribable "nature moments".  Working out of our great Environmental Center with fun displays and tons of cool lesson equipment, our summer environmentalists have a huge repertoire of activities that the campers love.

We have a great variety of activities that our summer environmentalists can run. 

These include:

  • Archaeology (digging up the old camp midden!)
  • Animal Introductions  (meet our critters!)
  • Forest ecology (Walkin' in the woods!)
  • Aquatic ecology (creek crawls!!!!!)
  • Sustainable farming (visit the farm and eat yummy veggies)
  • Animal tracking (Safari)
  • Nature hikes (Safari again!)
  • Wetland ecology (Mud appreciation)
  • Survival (not an actual survival activity - just basic shelter building!)
  • Wild edibles (after we know you know what one they are!)

The Basic Low-down of the Environmentalist jobs

Lessons are generally with groups of 8-24 campers with additional support from teachers or summer camp counselors. Summer staff live  in cabins with the campers and counselors and 1-2 other staff members. The cabins are basic but comfortable with showers, electricity and wifi.

The basic camp day involves mornings spent working with "specialized" activities such as visiting the organic farm, learning about the animals, creek crawls or activities that you bring with you and love to lead. The afternoons are spent as "choice time" where you offer activities that the kids enjoy - crafts, crazy hikes, whatever your skill set enables you to offer. We love the ever changing list of activities brought by our staff - our program is always evolving.

Evenings are typically large group activities such as Capture the Flag, campfires, camp quizzes, before everyone heads back to cabins for showers and snacks. All summer staff help settle the kids down for the evening by reading or playing music, then some staff have a few hours off to go catch a movie or grab some food at a local eatery while their colleagues stay on bunk duty until curfew.  

SEASON DETAILS (Staff can choose to work 1, 2 or all 3 seasons)

SUMMER June 15-23 Our Staff orientation is 9 days  long and is a comprehensive training that includes a chance to bond with colleagues, practice activities, learn our behavior management and safety policies and procedures, master tips and tricks for working with kids, and build a strong team for the summer.  It also is intended to be fun and rewarding for the staff, and created bonds that builds a strong team.  We also offer a lifeguard training, first aid and CPR course, plus a high ropes course certification course at no cost to our staff.  These training sessions run June 11-16th.

June 25 - August 18 The camp sessions are 5 or 12 days, and we run 5 sessions per summer.  Camp staff have weekends off between each session so there is ample opportunity to visit Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., the Pocono Mountains or the Jersey Shore for some rest and relaxation before the next session of campers arrive the following Monday.


  • Experience in camping, education, recreation, or youth work referred.
  • At least one years’ post high school "life" experience such as  college, travel, volunteering
  • At least 6 months experience working with children or youth
  • Age 19 years or more
  • Previous experience with environmental education, ecology, biology, agriculture, animal husbandry or other relevant job/college background

We are proud of the diversity embodied within our camp community.  With campers and staff from every walk of life, and staff from over 20 countries, our camp community is vibrant and embraces the richness of our differences.  Come join us!


Apply directly online: 

For more information: 

Or send resume/email to: 

Latest Research News