Summer Programs Instructor - Brightwater


Woodinville, Washington

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $22.77/hr
Required Experience 2 - 6 years


IslandWood Summer Camps at the Brightwater Center invite children to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better. At the Brightwater Center, IslandWood operates traditional day camp programs for campers entering 1st grade through those entering 6th grade. Running from July through mid-August, these experiences directly address IslandWood’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning and environmental and community stewardship.

We encourage diverse applicants because we believe having staff who authentically reflect the communities we serve is critical to our ability to be culturally responsive.

Position Description:

Summer Programs Instructors are responsible for leading educational programming using curriculum that integrates science, technology, arts, teambuilding, and adventure learning. IslandWood’s Summer Programs serve children entering 1st through 6th grade and include mentoring teen volunteers (Volunteers in Outdoor Leadership/VOLs) for the summer. Brightwater programs take place at the Brightwater Education Center in Woodinville. The Center is located on King County property and includes a wastewater treatment plant, 72 acres of natural area, and a state-of-the-art learning center, laboratory and exhibit hall. Our camp programs utilize the features of the Brightwater Center including the ponds, streams, well-equipped laboratories, and the wastewater treatment plant itself. Additionally, select camp sessions will have opportunities for staff to take their group on off-site field trips to nearby parks, beaches and other natural spaces using IslandWood’s 12-passenger van.

Reports to:                       Urban School and Community Education Manager

Job Type:                          Seasonal/Full-time, Hourly/Non-exempt

Work Schedule:               Monday through Friday

Work Hours:                    8:30a to 5:00p or 9:00a to 5:30p

Job Duration:                   24 June thru 12 August 2024                   

Start Date:                         24 June 2024

Pay Rate:                          $22.77 per hour

Work Location:                On site:  Brightwater Center (Woodinville, WA)

Benefit Package:              This is a seasonal position entitled to sick/safe time at an accrual rate of 0.038460 per hour worked

Remote Work:                   This is an-onsite position with no remote work options 


  • Develop and teach week-long camp programs for children ages 6-12.
  • Abide by Brightwater’s safety procedures and protocols as stated in your Summer Camp Instructor Handbook and ensure the safety of participants at all times.
  • Serve as a mentor to teen VOLs (Volunteers in Outdoor Leadership).
  • Participate in staff training, which may include additional training on driving the van.
  • Attend daily debrief and prep meetings.
  • Demonstrate IslandWood's core values that enable teams and individuals to succeed with shared respect and purpose.
  • Support IslandWood’s strategic plan to expand our mission and impact, and commitment to mission, vision, values and goals of IslandWood.
  • Commitment to support IslandWood’s work towards equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Required Qualifications:

  • Current First Aid & CPR certification required
  • At least two years’ experience in teaching or environmental education
  • Ability to work as a collaborative and cooperative team member
  • Comfortable working with kids of diverse ages, backgrounds, and developmental stages
  • Strong work ethic, punctual, flexible, dependable, and responsible
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, campers, and families
  • Skilled at spreading calm and responding to parent concerns
  • Must be at least 21 years old (25 years old to drive the van)
  • Must be able to comply with and maintain a drug-free work environment
  • Must pass child safety screening procedure; post-offer
  • Must be fully vaccinated including booster against COVID-19, post offer

Application Deadline:     Open until filled

IslandWood is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


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Category Environmental Education
Tags Nature Center