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Youth Camp Director & Conservation Educator

Michigan United Conservation Clubs


Position: Camp Director & Conservation Educator


Mission: Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest statewide conservation organization in Michigan. Its mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage


Organizational Values

-          Fosters a conservation stewardship ethic in the public

-          Protects the rights of the public to hunt, fish, trap and recreate outdoors

-          Encourages the public to connect to our resources through active recreation

-          Advocates for sustainable conservation practices and resource stewardship through sound scientific management


Camp Description: Michigan United Conservation Clubs has operated summer youth camp programs continuously since 1946. During this time, more than 56,000 youth have learned to enjoy the outdoors safely and have left camp with a deeper appreciation and respect for the natural world they live in. Michigan OUTofDOORS Youth Camp is held throughout the summer at the restored Cedar Lake Outdoor Center near Chelsea, MI. This camp exceeds the sprinkling of nature programming offered by most camps by including conservation and ecology lessons as part of each and every camp offered. During their week at camp, youth will increase their knowledge of ecological concepts and broaden their awareness of conservation issues through hands-on nature experience.


Full-time- $32,000-$35,000 depending on experience. Full benefits including, medical, dental, vision, and 403b


Reports to: Education Coordinator


Job Goals

-          Fosters a conservation stewardship ethic in the public

-          Encourages the public to connect to our resources through hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation


Job Responsibilities

Management and oversight of the organization’s overnight youth camp and education programs


Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to:




Michigan OutofDoors Youth Camp

-          Counselor/staff recruitment and retention

-          Plan, supervise, and direct all camp programs

-          Plan and provide all counselor training

-          Development of routines, schedules and procedures for day to day camp operations

-          Oversee all facility maintenance projects

-          Supervision and discipline of campers and counselors

-          Plan and implement camp curriculum

-          Review all camper medical records and review with health director and/or parents

-          Evaluate current camp year and make recommendations for improvement

-          Act as a professional role model for both campers and counselors

-          Oversee program timeline

-          Oversee program marketing

-          Networking and partnership building

-          Oversee camp rentals

-          Coordinate rental tours and recruit new prospective rental groups

-          Work with Membership coordinator to monitor rental payments

-          Coordinating with camp volunteers and Camp Facility Committee regarding camp related projects and maintenance

-          Grant writing

-          Fundraising


Other education responsibilities

-          Assist Education Coordinator with conservation-focused educational seminars and programs outside of the camp season, including outdoor shows, schools, and youth events

-          Implement a communications strategy with Chief Information Officer

-          Contribute articles for Michigan OutofDoors Magazine

-          Some weekend and evening hours will be required

-          Other tasks as needed


Minimum Education & Skills

-          Bachelors degree in education, parks and recreation, natural resources management, fisheries and wildlife, or related field

-          1st aid/CPR certified, or willing to become certified

-          4 months experience in a camp setting

-          At least 4 months working with youth ages 5-16

-          Highly organized

-          Strong public speaking abilities

-          Supervisory experience

-          Experience using MS Office

-          Ability to teach children and adults

-          Ability to see projects through from creation to completion

-          Ability to work independently

-          Ability to handle multiple priorities

-          Ability to work as part of a team

-          Knowledge of hunting, fishing and conservation



Minimum Physical Expectations             

-          Physical activity often that requires walking, hiking, kayaking, and other forms of outdoor physical activity.

-          Physical activity that often requires lifting over 50 lbs.

-          Physical activity that often requires bending, stooping, reaching, climbing, kneeling and/or twisting.



Must be willing to live on site at camp from mid-June through Mid-August

Must have reliable form of transportation including insurance


For more information on our organization please visit our website


Please submit cover letter and references to


Position will close on Friday September 9th, 2016 or when filled.

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