Thank you for your interest. All 2019 positions are filled. If you're interested in receiving information about employment in 2020, please email us​.


Application Process

  1. Complete online application and answer applicant questions

  2. Study Nature Camps Values and Operational Guidelines document

  3. Schedule and complete 2-hour acclimatization hiking interview with Director

  4. Offer of employment*

  5. Complete all required employment materials

  6. Complete staff training and certifications successfully


* Offers of employment and final contracts are contingent on completion and receipt of all employment and health forms, background checks, and successful completion of staff training and certifications.


Application Timeline

January - March: Application period - See 2019 staff openings.

April: 2019 staff announced

Staff Requirements

  • ​All staff must commit to understanding and embodying Nature Camps' values, philosophies, and approach to programming.

  • All staff are required to complete all necessary employment materials and obtain the following certifications:

  • Criminal Background Check (required by State of MD)  More

  • Child Protective Service Clearance (required by State of MD) More

  • Lifeguard and Water Safety Certification - offered at local YMCA's, colleges, Red Cross

  • ACA Canoeing Course*

  • WFA (Wilderness First Aid) Certification* - go to WFA

  • CPR Certification -offered at local YMCA's, colleges, Red Cross

  • All Employment Materials available here


* ACA and WFA certification provided by Nature Camps during staff training


  • All staff are required to attend and succeed in all 2019 staff training dates: June 1-2 (Wilderness First Aid) and June 7-15 (Staff Counselor Development). The Staff Counselor Development session is seven and a half days and six nights focused on helping children build an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the natural world through focused, innovative, and meaningful acclimatization activities; learning, practicing, and becoming skilled in all natural crafts; learning the importance of sequential initiatives (games); learning how to organize, plan and teach acclimatization, natural crafts and initiative activities; learning/practicing the essential elements of facilitation; and  learning and having conversations about child development stages through the research of Piaget and Erik Erikson.

  • All staff are required to be present on all overnights throughout the camp season, including the last night of camp and closing down/summer debrief August 9-10, 2019.

  • Employment is for the full summer. There are no vacation periods.


Receive 2020 Hiring Information

Camp Address:

17433 Big Falls Rd

Monkton, MD 21111

(No Mail Service)


Mailing Address:

Nature Camps, Inc., P.O. Box 418

Manheim, PA 17545


Camp: 410-343-0223

(summer only)

Don Webb, director: 410-935-1545

(year round)

I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir