Spring Break camp volunteers assist Camp Leaders to prepare and conduct outdoor, hands-on, activity-based camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Camp programs are designed to foster inquiry, discovery, understanding and appreciation for nature, and the importance of plants in our lives.
- Assist Camp Leaders to conduct nature-based activities for groups of children aged 5-10
- Assist Camp Leaders in providing a fun, welcoming, safe, and secure environment for all campers
- Assist in preparing and cleaning up from the day’s activities
Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:
- A love of nature and respect for the environment
- Comfortable working with children aged 5-10
- Patient, positive, flexible, and fun-loving
- Comfortable standing, walking, and kneeling throughout the shift
- Must pass a criminal record background check (free for volunteers)
- Eager to spend time outdoors in any weather
- An opportunity to inspire and educate children
- Enhance leadership, group management, and interpretive skills
- Opportunity to work with educational professionals in a well-respected non-profit
- Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
- Learn about nature including ecology, botany, sustainability, gardening, and more
Spring Break camp operates Monday to Friday from March 16th to 27th. Daily camp themes vary. Volunteers can choose from the following (at minimum):
- Work EVERY morning or afternoon from 8:45am-12:30pm or 12:15-4:15 pm for one week
- Work any two full days of camp from 8:45am-4:15pm
Training and Orientation:
- A mandatory training session will take place on March 12th from 4:30pm to 7:00 pm.
Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with, the camp leaders, the Assistant Director of Education, and the Director of Education.
Authority/Decision Making: Guidance and problem solving involving children requires direct supervision from camp leaders.