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Nature Specialist


Posted by Eagle Island, Camp on 09/26/2023

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Lifestyle, Outdoor, WaterSports

Job Categories: Trail Management

Company Type: Recreation, Service

State: NY

City: Saranac Lake

Country: United States

Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: $425/week

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 25 miles

Job Description & Requirements


Position Purpose: The Nature Specialist will plan and facilitate fun nature-inspired activities for campers while working to ensure social and physical safety. This position will work with the Program Experience member of the Leadership Team to plan and facilitate a good balance of activity options throughout the day.

Responsibilities: The Nature Specialist is responsible for the overall supervision and programming of the nature activities

  1. Planning and facilitating nature activities

  • Organize and plan out a variety of activities taking camper feedback and interests into account

  • Utilize the various ecosystems available on Eagle Island to teach campers about the world around them in fun and exciting ways 

  • Supervise clean up of assigned program areas

  • Ensure safety rules and procedures are followed

  1. Camper supervision

  • Foster a spirit of cooperation and team building within the small group

  • Be aware of the ongoing medical needs of campers

  • See that campers maintain good health habits 

  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures

  • Be prepared to enact written emergency procedures in the event of accident or illness

  1. Participation in the Camp Community

  • Take responsibility for the use and care of camp-owned equipment and facilities

  • Keep records and make reports as requested

  • Participate in required pre-camp training

  • Participate in post-camp clean-up, inventory and evaluation

  • Maintain excellent communication with the campers, parents and staff

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the camp director or program experience member of leadership


  • Must be over the age of 18 by the start of camp.

  • A belief in, adherence to, and willingness to promote the mission of the Eagle Island Camp 

  • Willingness and ability to share skills and traditions, and to learn new skills and philosophies.

  • Maturity, strong leadership qualities, and good judgment.

  • Acceptance and appreciation of all the people and the ability to live and work with children and adults of various backgrounds, life experiences and identities

  • Excellent communication skills, and a willingness to work as part of an effective camp staff team

  • Interest in learning outdoor activities such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, nature study, games, and crafts

Physical Aspects of the Position

  • Visual and/or auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to working outdoors

  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.  (will be trained in first aid)

  • Ability to endure standing for long hours and perform activities such as running, bending, stooping, and stretching.

  • Ability to traverse varying terrain, from flat to hilly, while moving between activities.

  • Ability to operate with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and varying environmental conditions.

About Eagle Island, Camp

One of the most unique Adirondack summer camp experiences is Eagle Island Camp on Upper Saranac Lake in New York. Not only is this one-of-a-kind camp located on an island (how cool is that?!), AND we also offer a variety of programs for girls ages 9 –17, all-gender day camp, and some special adult programs.

Your day will be full of outdoor exploration, education, and fun with activities including:

  • Daily swimming lessons;

  • Paddling;

  • STEM-inspired outdoor education;

  • Camper-choice activities;

  • Sailing;

  • Nature education;

  • Team-building;

  • Crafts, and;

  • Traditional camp survival skills like fire-building and shelter-building.

We have small group sizes to ensure that staff gets to know each camper, helping to create programming that fits their interests and needs for a memorable and transformative summer camp experience. We hope you join us!