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Nature Camp Director: Call of the Wild Camps

Do you love working with children and camp counselors? Do you love the outdoors, nature, and hiking? Do you have a passion for children's books, reading, and writing? Are you skilled at supervising and leading camp counselors or similar staff? Do you care about creating an inclusive and fun environment for children of all abilities? How about combining your passions into one fun summer job? We are looking for an on-site Camp Director to lead staff and children in outdoor Call of the Wild Camps in Oakland and Berkeley. We seek an enthusiastic, energetic, dynamic, and creative leader to join us in designing and implementing educational and recreational outdoor programs for seasonal camps. Open a door to the wonders of nature as a living classroom in nature camps, where kids in grades K-5 come to hike, read, write, explore, learn, and play!

Our ideal camp director is a communicative and collaborative leader and team player bursting with creative ideas for staff to implement with children at camp. Our ideal outdoor camp director is adaptable, friendly, outgoing, energetic, and eager to inspire and engage both children and camp counselors in learning by doing. Nature camp directors have previous experience supervising and managing staff for outdoor camps, nature camps, STEM or STEAM camps, early childhood education, elementary school education, special education, outdoor education, environmental education, literacy education, after school programs, outdoor recreation, or related fields.

WHO WE ARE: Inspire Behavioral Learning, LLC provides outstanding educational and behavioral health services for children, teens, and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. All employees advance Inspire's mission to empower people to live happier, more independent and fulfilling lives by achieving their health and educational goals.


  • We value diversity and include children with disabilities and typically developing children alike in our programs.

  • We value the integrity of the whole person and are dedicated to a well-rounded blend of head, heart, and body -- being constant learners, kind and caring, and focused on learning by doing.

  • We incorporate a multisensory approach and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the science of learning that focuses on observable interaction between the learner and environment.

  • We are a small company focused on quality over quantity. Each employee is valued as a whole person and a unique individual, which is the same respect we give to each student. We use 360 degree feedback, in which everyone's observations matter.


  • Manage, administer, and oversee daily operations of youth programs on-site for outdoor nature camps in coordination with the camp supervisor

  • Reliably attend and actively participate in camp director and camp counselor training online and on-site, rain or shine (training is the week before the first camp session)

  • Create K-5 level nature-themed science, language arts, art, and motor activities 

  • Reliably and punctually attend outdoor nature camps on-site, rain or shine, M-F 8:25 AM-4:35 PM 

  • Supervise and train camp counselors on-site, providing modeling, prompt fading, positive feedback, and constructive feedback

  • Greet parents at drop-off and pick-up times, checking children in and out

  • Communicate with parents/guardians in a friendly and professional manner

  • Communicate with parents/guardians a brief summary of their child's day at pick-up time

  • Safely lead hikes in parks for K-5th graders in small groups 

  • Maintain a 4:1 or 5:1 student: staff ratio

  • Lead outdoor language arts activities for children with nature and wilderness themes, including but not limited to circle time with story time and singing, literary show-and-tell, skits, nature journaling, mapmaking, creative writing, and authoring and illustrating books

  • Lead activities applying English Language Arts Common Core State Standards to science, such as life science, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, stewardship, conservation, preservation, etc., integrating naturalistic observation, exploration, games, group discussion, and relevant children's books and writing activities

  • Lead and oversee camp counselors engaging children in outdoor activities that blend recreation and education, such as nature-themed hide and seek and chase games, crafting and playing forest "I Spy" games and scavenger hunts

  • Engage children and staff with a fun teaching style and high energy, creativity, adaptability, spontaneity, dynamism, and positivity

  • Supervise and facilitate children's rest breaks, snack and lunch breaks, and physical play breaks

  • Provide naturalistic executive function teaching across diverse activities, including planning, organization, and time management

  • Implement teaching and behavior management based on principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), including prompting, positive reinforcement, and group contingencies of reinforcement based on student preferences and choices

  • Facilitate emergent curriculum and child-centered, student-centered, naturalistic, incidental, and play-based teaching and learning opportunities

  • Create both structured and naturalistic learning opportunities

  • Keep work materials neat, organized, and in good working condition

  • Record accurate, objective incident reports

  • Follow all health and safety requirements

  • Make sure campers and staff follow safety rules and leave no trace principles

  • Follow directions and implement feedback from the camp supervisor

  • Proactively communicate camp updates, questions and concerns with the camp supervisor

  • Represent Call of the Wild Camps in a positive and professional manner with campers, parents/guardians, staff, and community partners

  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Provide proof of a Bachelor's degree

  • Provide your academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are permitted); must be in good standing

Certification and Safety Requirements:

  • Provide proof of unexpired CPR and First Aid certification

  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination

  • Pass a DOJ and FBI background check



  • Minimum of one year experience as a director, supervisor, or manager supervising staff and children for outdoor education camps, outdoor recreational camps, nature camps, science camps, literacy camps or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of one year experience working with elementary school age children in K-5th grade

  • Experience hiking trails of moderate difficulty on hilly and uneven terrain up to approximately 6 miles a day

  • Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse children

  • Experience working with students with widely diverse abilities, including disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, speech and language delays)

  • Experience taking initiative leading staff and groups of children

  • Experience leading extracurricular enrichment activities for children

  • Experience implementing effective and appropriate behavior management for elementary school age children

  • Experience with child development and age-appropriate, grade-appropriate, developmentally appropriate activities


  • Ability to hike trails of moderate difficulty on hilly and uneven terrain up to approximately 6 miles a day five days a week for multiple consecutive weeks

  • Ability to carry a loaded hiking backpack weighing up to 20% of your body weight for the duration of each camp day

  • Ability to stand, bend, squat, stoop, sit, climb, and lift (up to 50 lbs)  

  • Demonstrate a fun and engaging leadership style with high energy, creativity, adaptability, spontaneity, dynamism, and positivity

  • Friendly, kind, caring, compassionate, and patient teaching style for learners of all skill levels

  • Eagerness and openness to continually learn and develop your skill set

  • Command of American English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

  • Excellent ability to break concepts down into simple and easy steps

  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to confidently take initiative with minimal direction

  • Eco-conscious skills with a demonstrable love of nature and the outdoors, life sciences, biology, environmental science, outdoor education, or environmental education

  • Health-conscious skills with a demonstrable love of active and healthy living

  • Enthusiasm for nature-themed language arts and literacy teaching

  • Enthusiasm for making education relevant to children's lives

  • Demonstrate care for children and a desire to help the whole child learn and grow in enjoyable ways, in addition to subject-matter competence in language arts and relevant life sciences  

Other Requirements:

  • Provide proof of a valid California driver license

  • Possess your own reliable transportation to regional and city parks in Oakland and Berkeley

  • Submit a relevant cover letter specific to the position and company


  • Experience hiking in Joaquin Miller Park, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, and Tilden Regional Park


  • Have fun teaching and inspiring kids and novice educators in the great outdoors!

  • Employees get paid training; paid rest breaks; off-duty lunch breaks; and retirement plan if working at least 30 days

  • Supportive and friendly environment with coaching and mentorship

  • Become part of a company that truly cares about both the employee’s and student’s happiness and success!

LOCATIONS: East Bay parks (Joaquin Miller Park and Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley). Beginning June 2024 for summer camps: Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino.

SCHEDULE: 8:25 AM-4:35 PM; Fall Camp November 20-22; Winter Camp Dec 26-29 and Jan 2-5; Spring Camp Apr 1-5; Summer Camp Jun 10-Aug 9

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt employee; full time or part time (full time preferred); temporary, seasonal work.

COMPENSATION: $23.00 - $26.00 per hour DOE

Keywords: Oakland Camp Director, Oakland Camp Supervisor, Berkeley Camp Director, Berkeley Camp Supervisor, Oakland Camp Manager, Berkeley Camp Manager, Oakland Camp Counselor, Berkeley Camp Counselor. This type of position may also be known as camp leader, camp teacher, camp instructor, camp coordinator, lead instructor, outdoor education instructor, summer camp nature instructor, outdoor programs instructor, outdoor education science instructor, naturalist, program coordinator, environmental educator, outdoor educator, outdoor program director, outdoor program supervisor, youth group leader, youth program supervisor, youth program instructor, youth programs lead instructor, program leader, program supervisor, lead camp counselor, elementary program leader, recreation leader, recreation director, recreation supervisor, summer instructor, summer program director, summer program supervisor, youth program director, and youth program supervisor.

APPLY: Click the button below, providing your resume and a cover letter specifying why you might be a great fit for the Nature Camp Director in Call of the Wild Camps at Inspire Behavioral Learning®! We look forward to connecting with you! 



Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


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