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Nature Camp Internships

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Are you a high school student looking to develop job skills as a teen camp counselor with Inspire Behavioral Learning? Are you a college or university student looking to develop your leadership and job skills as a camp counselor or assistant camp director? We are looking for outgoing, creative, responsible, dependable, constant learners to intern with us and enjoy a great opportunity to gain experience!

High School Students: Seasonal unpaid internships in Oakland, Berkeley, and Cupertino are available for 9th-12th graders, including rising 9th graders over the summer. Teen internships in Oakland are available for fall, winter, spring, and summer camps. Teen internships in Berkeley and Cupertino are available for summer camps.  Paid summer internships are available to students participating in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Exploring College, Career and Community Options (ECCCO) program. 

College and University Students: Unpaid internships in East Bay and Cupertino are available for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in relevant college and university coursework. Contact us for details about coordinating our free internship program with your college or university's opportunities for course credit. 

Open Positions: Nature Camp Counselor for Fall 2023, Winter 2023-2024, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024. 

Nature Camp Counselor

Do you love working with children? Do you love the outdoors, nature, and hiking? Are you passionate about children's books, reading, and writing, and do you want to make learning fun for kids? How about combining your passions into a fun camp counselor opportunity?


At Inspire Behavioral Learning, LLC, we are looking for teen camp counselors and college student camp counselors to intern for seasonal day camps. Interns learn to work with kids in grades K-5 in Call of the Wild Camps in Oakland, CA and Berkeley, CA. Summer 2024 is also expanding to Cupertino, CA. Our nature camps are for kids to hike, read, write, explore, learn, and play in forests of the Bay Area!

Our ideal nature camp counselors are outgoing, friendly, dynamic, creative, fun, energetic, and dependable outdoor lovers who are eager to inspire and gain experience with elementary school kids. The #1 preferred quality is eagerness and openness to learn and develop your skill set. Students interested in future careers in education and environmental science are encouraged to apply!


  • Training: the week before camps begin, minimum 3 day attendance mandatory; ongoing training during camps.

  • Camps Sessions: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. You may alternatively select a half day schedule: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM or 12:30 PM-4:30 PM. 

    • Fall: Nov 20-22

    • Winter: Dec 26-29, Jan 2-5

    • Spring: Apr 1-5

    • Summer: Jun 10-Aug 9


  • Actively participate in and complete intern training the week before camp and ongoing training during camps

  • Develop internship goals, and actively participate in weekly 1:1 training with the camp trainer 

  • Punctually and reliably attend scheduled hours, rain or shine

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

  • Create and facilitate outdoor language arts activities for day campers with nature and wilderness themes, including circle time with story time and singing, literary show-and-tell, skits, nature journaling, mapmaking, creative writing, and authoring and illustrating books

  • Create and facilitate hands-on science activities in biology, ecology, zoology, life science, environmental science, outdoor education, environmental stewardship, conservation, preservation, etc.

  • Engage day campers in outdoor activities that blend recreation and education, such as nature-themed field games, hide and seek and chase games, crafting and playing forest "I Spy" games and scavenger hunts

  • Create and facilitate nature-themed arts and crafts 

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

  • Supervise children's snack and lunch breaks

  • Provide prompting and positive reinforcement to help children learn

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

  • Work closely and cooperatively with camp staff, assisting in daily scheduled activities

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

  • Follow all health and safety requirements

  • Assist day campers in following safety rules and leave no trace principles

  • Proactively communicate camp questions and concerns with the camp supervisor

  • Follow directions and implement feedback from camp supervisor

  • Represent Call of the Wild Camps in a positive manner with campers, parents/guardians, staff, and park visitors

  • Perform other duties as assigned




  • Current enrollment in grade 9-12 or a college/university program in education, biological sciences, or environmental science

  • Minimum 3.5 current GPA and in good academic standing


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


  • 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 in summer)

  • Ability to assist teaching kids with a fun and engaging style, high energy, creativity, adaptability, spontaneity, dynamism, and positivity

  • Kind, caring, compassionate, and patient with learners of all skill levels

  • Ability to make biology and language arts fun and interesting for elementary school age children 

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

  • Ability to break concepts down into simple and easy steps

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Punctuality and reliable attendance

  • Demonstrable love of nature and the outdoors

  • Enthusiastic about making education relevant to children's lives

Other Requirements:

  • Access to reliable transportation for getting to and from camp sites in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Joaquin Miller Park, Tilden Regional Park, and/or Rancho San Antonio County Park

  • Pass a DOJ and FBI LiveScan background check after accepting an offer to intern




  • 1 year experience with elementary school age children (does not need to be formal volunteer work, internships or employment)

  • Familiarity with Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Joaquin Miller Park, Tilden Regional Park, and/or Rancho San Antonio County Park


For students interning through OUSD's ECCCO program, a stipend is available upon completion of a Demonstration of Mastery Project and the below hours in a summer internship experience:

  • 100 hours - eligible for a stipend of $1,000.00

  • 50 hours - eligible for a stipend of $500.00

  • 25 hours - eligible for a stipend of $250.00


  • Have fun assisting with teaching kids in the outdoors!

  • Supportive and friendly environment with coaching and mentorship

  • Free intern program to expand your knowledge and job skills with hands-on training 

  • Intern experience to enhance college/university applications and build a resume

  • Successful interns may be invited to return to intern for future seasonal camps

  • Successful interns may be invited to apply for employment upon receiving a high school diploma and turning 18 (Inspire's camp counselor employee position is $19-22/hr DOE)

  • Become part of a company that truly cares about the happiness and success of all interns, employees, and students!

LOCATIONS: Fall, winter, and spring camps are at Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park (Oakland, CA). Summer camps are at Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park and Joaquin Miller Park (Oakland, CA), Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley, CA), and Rancho San Antonio County Park (Cupertino, CA).


CLASSIFICATION: Internship, seasonal.

Ready to get started? We look forward to connecting with you!

Apply to Intern as a Nature Camp Counselor:  



Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


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Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

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