Job Opportunity – Summer Camp Counselor

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Summer Camp Counselor

Title:                     Summer Camp Counselor

Classification:         Seasonal (June 14– August 27, 2021), hourly, full-time

Reports To:            Curator of Education

Mentors:             Teen Volunteers

Salary:                   $14.50

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences finalist and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary – Summer Camp Counselor

The Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for the design, management and implementation of summer camps for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th at the Museum. Responsibilities also include assistance with training and supervision of teen volunteers.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 1 year of experience working with elementary-aged children in a professional setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching methods, outdoor learning and informal education
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Assist in the design of the summer camp program.
  2. Manage summer camp logistics including preparing materials, scheduling activities and communicating program logistics with other departments within the museum.
  3. Act as the frontline staff to communicate with parents/caregivers of summer camp children.
  4. Work with teen volunteers to organize summer camp schedules.
  5. Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature-based activities, songs and games.
  6. Identify and respond to camper behavior issues.
  7. Communicate with parents/caregivers about participants’ experiences and report concerns to camp leadership.
  8. Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports and logbook documentation.
  9. Know and understand all emergency procedures associated with the camp program.
  10. Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes, but is not limited to, being responsible for your campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  11. Comply with all Museum policies, procedures and safety regulations.
  12. Embrace, support and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Work is both indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions. Must be detail oriented in handling program scheduling and other administrative duties. Must be able to multi-task and lift 25 lbs. 

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

Please send resume & cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Human Resources.