Position Title: 2023 WonderCamp Teacher
Position Purpose: The WonderCamp Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing one or more WonderCamp sessions; including classroom management of campers, providing engaging educational activities and ensuring camper safety in the classroom and other school areas. Camps serve students entering grades K-8.
WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. Children will explore, observe, test, measure, design and discover. Children may learn scientific concepts new to them, but the camp focus is on the childhood work of play and science skills of curiosity, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Camp sessions take place in air-conditioned facilities when this is possible, and outdoors on school or other location grounds. Health and safety are WonderCamp priorities; as we near summer 2023 camp sessions, we will evaluate any COVID-related concerns and plan or adapt accordingly. Many 2023 camps will be held in outdoor settings, with available shelter for inclement weather.
All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. The Camp Teacher leads each camp, with help from trained high school interns. A maximum of 21 children are enrolled per camp. The WonderCamp Director and four college administrative interns provide on-site support during the camp week.
Reports To: WonderCamp Director
Status: Part time seasonal, 32.5 teaching hours per camp session. Each 5-day camp session is 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break, Monday-Friday. Teachers may teach one or more sessions.
Compensation: $850 per 5-day camp for teachers new to WonderCamp; $900 for returning teachers. This includes camp session hours as well as teacher prep time and camp-related meetings.
- May 29-June 2
- June 5-9
- June 15-19
- June 22-26
- June 29-July 2
- No camp July 3-7
- July 10-14
- July 17-21
- July 24-28
- Planned Locations are University Elementary School
- Kent Farm Banding Station
- Hilltop Gardens and Nature Center
- Goat Conspiracy Farm
- Other offsite locations may be included
Benefits: WonderLab membership (dual or basic family level); 50% camp fee discount for child of teacher registered for camp session or sessions equal to the number taught by parent.
Key Responsibility Area: Plan and implement select WonderCamp sessions. Preliminary camp topics include building and construction, nature and the environment, math, biology, physics and how things work, storybook science, science and art, STEAM.
- Work with WonderCamp Director and WonderLab education staff to plan an age-appropriate, fun and exciting camp curriculum using hands-on activities that encourage the development of scientific inquiry skills through curiosity, creativity and problem-solving. Teachers will have access to prior WonderCamp curricula and lesson plans, curriculum support from WonderLab Education Department and an extensive supply inventory.
- Submit lesson plans and/or materials lists in advance of camp, by specified deadlines, to Camp and Education Department. WonderLab staff will purchase all necessary materials and set them up in the camp classroom.
- Provide camp session information by deadline as needed to WonderCamp Director.
- Meet with WonderCamp Director in advance of camp to go over camp philosophy, camp procedures, health and safety guidelines and session planning.
- Attend 1-hr teacher curriculum meeting via zoom or in person with Camp Director and 1-hr on-site training.
- During camp session, implement all aspects of the camp curriculum to provide an outstanding camper experience, both educationally and socially.
- As the situation requires, implement WonderLab’s Covid health and safety guidelines for Camp.
- Provide quality camp classroom management focused on positive collaboration and problem-solving. As needed, seek the assistance of WonderCamp Director for support or safety concerns.
- Maintain a safe and secure environment for all campers throughout the session, in the classroom, other areas of the school and outdoors.
- Supervise and involve high-school Interns with camp activities in a positive and productive manner that provides an outstanding experience for campers and interns. Assist with recess camper supervision, as necessary.
- Follow general camp schedules and procedures.
Key Responsibility Area:Assist with evaluation of WonderCamp program.
- Provide a brief written evaluation of each high school Camp Intern as assigned (form provided).
- Provide a brief written evaluation of your Camp Teacher experience (form provided).
- Three years classroom teaching experience, or equivalent; experience in informal educational settings preferred
- Educational background, or equivalent experience, in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)
- Experience in leadership or collaboration
- Experience working with youth and/or families
- Friendly, professional and positive attitude; ability to work effectively with a variety of people
- Ability to create a classroom environment that equitably supports learning differences among campers
- Physical ability to manage a classroom of up to 21 children in both indoor and outdoor environments, withstand summer heat outdoors (some camps), and potentially wear a mask on certain occasions. Teachers with accessibility needs will be given priority in location, as possible.
- Willingness to follow and implement WonderLab COVID Safety Protocols
- Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an antiracist culture in WonderLab, and to antiracist principles and education
- Proof of eligibility to work in the US
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to program locations
- Three reference contacts
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s)
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Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Position is open until filled. All employees are subject to a criminal background check. WonderLab galleries, offices and grounds are smoke-free environments.
Can’t check off every requirement listed above? Please apply anyway! WonderLab is dedicated to building an inclusive team with a wide variety of experiences and skill sets. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.
For questions or help applying, contact: Colleen Couper, firstname.lastname@example.org, 812.337.1337 ext 224
WonderLab strives to provide a welcoming educational space and is founded on values of inclusion and access. WonderLab is committed to creating a diverse museum environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers diverse skill sets and experiences among applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. WonderLab strives to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, upon request.