Now accepting applications for Summer 2020 positions!

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 Don Webb

  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

Interviews during Winter and Spring breaks.

April: 2020 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 — will be completed as part of staff training

  • WFA (Wilderness First Aid) or WFR (Wilderness First Responder) Certification*

  • CPR Certification — offered at local YMCAs, colleges, Red Cross

  • All Employment Materials available here


* partial financial support provided by Nature Camps for WFA/WFR certifications


  • All staff are required to attend all 2020 staff training dates: June 12-14 and 16-20. These seven and a half days and six nights focus on learning to help 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 15-16, 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:

516 Rowland Drive

Port Deposit, MD 21904


Don Webb, Director:


(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