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Summer Camp Counselor Kirtlandia Intern

Cleveland Museum of Natural History / Posted February 15, 2023

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is transforming itself. CMNH will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum is undergoing a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

CMNH is seeking a dynamic, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the Museum and its mission; exhibits strong organizational and administrative skills; is looking for new challenges; and enjoys working in an enthusiastic and fast paced environment.

Department: Education

Supervisor(s): Renata Brown

Summary: Camp Counselors will be responsible for assisting with the supervision of campers participating in Circle Sampler Camp as well as all campers who participate in after care. Counselors will assist with the planning and programming of recreational activities related to the camp and after care.

“Curate Curiosity” is the theme of this unique camp experience hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Campers discover the wonders of University Circle at numerous Cleveland premier institutions in a week of scientific, artistic, musical, theatrical and cultural exploration at Circle Sampler Camp. This all day program taps into the many fun educational resources in University Circle and beyond to enrich children’s perception of their world.

Schedule: Must be available to work full-time (40+ hours/week) June 12 - August 4 (excluding July 3-7) Schedule will be Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Training and preparation week, June 5-9, hours are 9:30-4:00 Monday-Friday.

Internship Final Presentation is Saturday, August 12, 2023.

Required to Apply:

Write a brief statement that:

  • Explains your choice of preferred research areas 
  • Mentions your interests, previous work experience and other pertinent information that might support your application 
  • Indicates how you expect to benefit from your experience as a Research Intern

Two letters of recommendation submitted to rbrown@cmnh.org

Application Deadline – March 15, 2023

General Information:

  • Duration: Eight weeks for a total of 320 hours, exact dates to be arranged with direct supervisor
  • Compensation: $15 per hour, plus up to $200 for expenses for materials required by the project, minus payroll deductions
  • Who May Apply: Students who are currently attending an accredited college or university as an undergraduate (college sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or who have graduated from college within the current calendar year

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.):

  • Assist in supervising 25 Circle Sample Camp campers Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm,
  • Supervise up to 10 campers participating in after care 4:00-5:00pm
  • Research and implement different behavior management techniques or teaching strategies every week and record how they work.
  • Escort children to and from CMNH and other participating institutions.
  • Assist in programs at participating institutions as needed.
  • Monitor and escort campers to and from the Wade Oval outdoor space during lunch
  • Responsible for lunch time every day, and plan recreational activities as needed for break times.
  • Act as a liaison for campers, parents and museum instructors.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Education or related field
  • Experience in, and commitment to, working with children utilizing interactive learning techniques.
  • Experience working with youth grades 1st-4th in a summer camp setting.
  • Must be available to work all of the dates listed for the position you are applying for.
  • First aid and CPR certification required (training will be provided if needed)

Other Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be able to communicate well and work with an audience that is diverse in culture, age, race, and abilities in a pleasant, tactful and enthusiastic manner.
  • Candidates should have an enthusiasm for and interest in the cultural diversity of Circle Sampler Camp and the participating University Circle Institutions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational and attention to detail skills.
  • Ability to handle collection objects carefully and safely to not cause damage.
  • Computer operating system experience. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products to include Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • Strong problem solving and listening skills.
  • Ability to work successfully with Museum members, employees and the general public.

Physical Working Conditions:

  • Indoor/Outdoor, all weather conditions.
  • Position may require sitting, walking, standing, reaching including stooping, kneeling, and crouching.

Physical Effort Required:

  • Some physical effort may occasionally be required.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to run or respond to emergency situations.


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