About Awbury

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Employment at Awbury

Awbury Arboretum is a 56-acre historic public greenspace located in Northwest Philadelphia, with a mission to preserve and interpret Awbury’s historic house and landscape, thereby connecting an urban community with nature and history.

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Summer Camp Counselor

About Awbury Adventures Summer Camp:

Awbury Adventures Summer Camp are exciting, challenging, and imaginative day camps that run for 9 weeks (from June 17-August 16), with eight 2-week sessions and nine 1-week sessions, for children aged 5-14. Campers play, learn, and discover in a fully outdoor setting, unplugged from electronics. They are taught skills, then allowed to use them independently while encouraged to be themselves. Inclusivity, acceptance, and respect are championed here.

Time frame: Camp sessions are 1 or 2 weeks long and take place for 7 hours a day, Monday-Friday (except June 19 and July 5, which are national holidays). Camp will run from 8:30am-3:30pm, but counselors will be expected to be present for the half hour before and after for set-up, pre- and post-camp staff meetings, and clean-up (8:00am-4:00pm). There will be a paid training session in late May, and a special paid training for Ilvermorny staff in mid-July.

Location: Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Job Title: Assistant Camp Counselor

Status: Full-time (40 hrs per week)

Reports to: Lead Counselor, Camp Director

Pay: $17-$19 per hour, based on experience

About the Counselor positions:
Awbury is seeking counselors to work collaboratively with other educators for 1-5 sessions of day camp. Positions are open in all of our camps (please read over the descriptions at the bottom of this page), so let us know if you have preferences for certain camps. We cannot guarantee you your first choice, but we will make an effort to accommodate your interests. We are also in need of an additional archery instructor, so if that holds interest for you, Awbury can pay for training and certification in a beginning archery course in April.

Qualifications:

  • Education: High school degree or equivalent
  • Experience: Must be 20 or older. A minimum of one year of experience working with children or in a school setting or in community-based programming for youth.
  • Skills: Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build strong relationships with children; ability both to lead and to take direction; must be collaborative and team oriented; must enjoy nature and the outdoors; must enjoy entering into fantasy/magical worlds
  • Abilities: Must be able to walk and stand for up to 3 hours, kneel, teach outdoors in varying weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, etc.)
  • Other: Must have commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures, backgrounds, and gender identities; a passion for working with youth
  • Requirements: Must be able to pass all child abuse and criminal background checks as required by Awbury Arboretum

Camp descriptions and dates: visit our camp webpage

The Awbury Arboretum Association is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your résumé and a compelling cover letter to camp@awbury.org for consideration.

Counselor Internship

About Awbury Adventures Summer Camp:
Awbury Adventures Summer Camp are exciting, challenging, and imaginative day camps that run for 9 weeks (from June 17-August 16), with eight 2-week sessions and nine 1-week sessions, for children aged 5-14. Campers play, learn, and discover in a fully outdoor setting, unplugged from electronics. They are taught skills, then allowed to use them independently while encouraged to be themselves. Inclusivity, acceptance, and respect are championed here.

Time frame: Camp sessions are 1 or 2 weeks long and take place for 7 hours a day, Monday-Friday (except June 19 and July 5, which are national holidays). Camp will run from 8:30am-3:30pm, but counselors will be expected to be present for the half hour before and after for set-up, pre- and post-camp staff meetings, and clean-up (8:00am-4:00pm). There will be a paid staff training session in late May that you will be required to attend.

Location: Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Job Title: Camp Counselor Intern

Status: Full-time (40 hrs per week)

Reports to: Lead Counselor, Camp Director

Pay: $16 per hour

About the Counselor Internship positions:
Awbury is seeking counselors to work collaboratively with other educators for 1-4 sessions of day camp. Positions are open in all of our camps (please read over the descriptions at the bottom of this page), so let us know if you have preferences for certain camps. We cannot guarantee you your first choice, but we will make an effort to accommodate your interests. If you are accepted as an intern, you will be required to take our Outdoor & Leadership Skills Training Course in the spring, on Thursdays from March 14-May 2. In this course you will be taught leadership skills, classroom and conflict management, wilderness survival techniques, and how to craft a professional résumé. You will also become certified in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.

Qualifications:

  • Education: High school degree or equivalent
  • Experience: Must be 18 or older. Some background working with children is a plus.
  • Skills: Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build strong relationships with children; ability both to lead and to take direction; must be collaborative and team oriented; must enjoy nature and the outdoors; must enjoy entering into fantasy/magical worlds
  • Abilities: Must be able to walk and stand for up to 3 hours, kneel, teach outdoors in varying weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, etc.)
  • Other: Must have commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures, backgrounds, and gender identities; a passion for working with youth
  • Requirements: Must be able to pass all child abuse and criminal background checks as required by Awbury Arboretum

Camp descriptions and dates: visit our camp webpage

The Awbury Arboretum Association is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your résumé and a compelling cover letter to camp@awbury.org for consideration.

Lead Counselor

About Awbury Adventures Summer Camp:
Awbury Adventures Summer Camp are exciting, challenging, and imaginative day camps that run for 9 weeks (from June 17-August 16), with eight 2-week sessions and nine 1-week sessions, for children aged 5-14. Campers play, learn, and discover in a fully outdoor setting, unplugged from electronics. They are taught skills, then allowed to use them independently while encouraged to be themselves. Inclusivity, acceptance, and respect are championed here.

Time frame: Camp sessions are 1 or 2 weeks long and take place for 7 hours a day, Monday-Friday (except June 19 and July 5, which are national holidays). Camp will run from 8:30am-3:30pm, but counselors will be expected to be present for the half hour before and after for set-up, pre- and post-camp staff meetings, and clean-up (8:00am-4:00pm). There will be a paid training session in late May.

Location: Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Job Title: Lead Counselor

Status: Full-time (40 hrs. per week) + 10 hours syllabus prep before the start of camp

Reports to: Camp Director

Pay: $20 per hour

About the Lead Counselor positions:
Lead Counselors will develop a detailed daily syllabus that sets out activities for every half-hour of the camp day; be in charge of up to two other counselors and two teen CITs; be responsible for keeping track of the campers under their supervision and sending notices to parents and guardians; be responsible for buying camp and snack supplies, keeping track of staff hours for your camp, and turning in expense reimbursement forms. Lead Counselors will also meet with their staff for a brief meeting before and after camp in order to hand out the day’s schedule, to discuss problems and issues, and to review the camp day. For candidates for Mystery at the Arboretum, you will be required to develop a mystery scenario for the campers to solve. Trainees from the OWLS camp will be available to play suspects, detectives, victims, and colorful characters as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Education: College degree or equivalent
  • Experience: Must be 25 or older. A minimum of three years of experience working with children in a school or preschool setting as the primary teacher or in community-based programming for youth as the lead instructor.
  • Skills: Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build strong relationships with children and teens; ability to lead and to improvise if necessary; ability to create and implement a syllabus that is both educational and fun; ability to mentor teens and delegate responsibilities; must be collaborative and team oriented; must enjoy nature and the outdoors; must enjoy entering into fantasy/magical worlds
  • Abilities: Must be able to walk and stand for up to 3 hours, kneel, teach outdoors in varying weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, etc.)
  • Other: Must have commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures, backgrounds, and gender identities; a passion for working with youth
  • Requirements: Must be able to pass all child abuse and criminal background checks as required by Awbury Arboretum

Lead Counselors are needed for:

Junior Citizen Scientists 6/24-6/28
What is an animal habitat? How does pollination work? How does the sun help plants grow? Find out about natural processes while exploring the Awbury landscape from pond to meadow to forest grove. Ages 5-8.

Farm Friends 7/8-7/12
An introduction to farms and farm animals for younger children. Learn how plants grow, plant your own seeds, learn about healthy dirt, interact with goats, chickens, and bees, and make simple snacks from farm ingredients. Ages 5-8.

Arts & Nature 7/29-8/2
Using nature as your inspiration, create art in a variety of media, including pencil, paint, collage, ink, and photography. Session will culminate in an art exhibition of campers’ works. Ages 8-12.

Mystery at the Arboretum 8/12-8/16
There are some strange things going on at the Arboretum! Who is responsible? Campers observe, follow clues, interview suspects, and solve the mystery by the end of the week. Ages 8-12.

The Awbury Arboretum Association is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your résumé and a compelling cover letter to camp@awbury.org for consideration.

After-Camp Director

About Awbury Adventures Summer Camp:
Awbury Adventures Summer Camp are exciting, challenging, and imaginative day camps that run for 9 weeks (from June 17-August 16), with eight 2-week sessions and nine 1-week sessions, for children aged 5-14. Campers play, learn, and discover in a fully outdoor setting, unplugged from electronics. They are taught skills, then allowed to use them independently while encouraged to be themselves. Inclusivity, acceptance, and respect are championed here.

Time frame: After-Camp runs for 9 weeks and takes place for 2.5 hours a day, Monday-Friday (except June 19 and July 5, which are national holidays). After-Camp will run from 3:30am-6:00pm, but the After-Camp Director will be expected to be present for the half hour before and after for set-up and clean-up (3:00pm-6:30pm). There will be a paid training session in late May.

Location: Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Job Title: After-Camp Director

Status: Part-time (20 hrs per week)

Reports to: Camp Director

Pay: $21 per hour

Location: The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St, Phila 19138

About the After-Camp Director position:
The After-Camp Director will develop a theme of their choice for each week of camp, a detailed daily syllabus that sets out activities for every half-hour of the camp day; be in charge of up to two other counselors and two teen CITs; be responsible for keeping track of the campers under their supervision, noting who is a drop-in, and sending notices to parents and guardians; be responsible for buying camp and snack supplies, keeping track of staff hours for After-Camp, and turning in expense reimbursement forms for supplies purchased.

Qualifications:

  • Education: College degree or equivalent
  • Experience: Must be 25 or older. A minimum of three years of experience working with children in a school or preschool setting as the primary teacher or in community-based programming for youth as the lead instructor.
  • Skills: Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build strong relationships with children and teens; ability to lead and to improvise if necessary; ability to create and implement a syllabus that is both educational and fun; ability to mentor teens and delegate responsibilities; must be collaborative and team oriented; must enjoy nature and the outdoors; must be able to work with children between the ages of 5 and 14, while coming up with activities suitable for each age level
  • Abilities: Must be able to walk and stand for up to 2 hours, kneel, teach outdoors in varying weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, etc.)
  • Other: Must have commitment to racial, economic, environmental and social justice; respect for people of all cultures, backgrounds, and gender identities; a passion for working with youth
  • Requirements: Must be able to pass all child abuse and criminal background checks as required by Awbury Arboretum

The Awbury Arboretum Association is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your résumé and a compelling cover letter to camp@awbury.org for consideration.

Event Support Staff

Status: Part-time, seasonal

Reports to: Ambassador Coordinator

Time frame: 2-6 days per month, April-October

Pay: $15 per hour

Location: The Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

About the position:
Ambassadors, Hosts, and Parking Attendants welcome visitors and direct them throughout the Arboretum grounds, during both community programming and private rental events.
Duties include:

  •  Welcoming visitors, giving directions, handing out maps and flyers
  •  Keeping visitors apprised of events at the Arboretum
  • Hosting private events at the Arboretum
  •  Serving as a parking attendant for overflow parking when there is a large event at the Arboretum

Ambassadors should be available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Hosts will sometimes work weekday evenings. Shifts are generally 3-6 hours each.

Event support staff should expect to work 2-6 shifts each month, spring-fall, and may choose their preferred dates to work in advance.

Please send your resumé and cover letter to ambassadors@awbury.org for consideration.