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Join a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about nature, animals, and education. Irvine Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer.



Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit educational organization located in Owings Mills, Maryland that offers a wide variety of environmental programs to people of all ages. Counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of campers ranging in age from 3 to 12 years old. The Camp Counselors will lead trail activities, animal encounters, hiking, and nature play.  A few camps require overnight camping and off-site field trips.

The Camp Counselor should be passionate about bringing nature and environmental education to the lives of young children. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have experience working with children, thrive outdoors, and are passionate and creative teachers. Counselors ensure our camps are a fun, safe, and educational experience!

Summer Nature Camp is a Day Camp that runs Monday-Friday for 12 weeks during the summer from June 8- August 28.

  • Direction, supervision, and organization of campers
  • Development and implementation of natural history activities
  • Daily set-up and clean-up of classrooms and common areas
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff
  • Be a positive role model to campers and Youth Program Leader high school volunteers
  • Represent Irvine Nature Center well when interacting with parents and the community
Time Commitment
  • 20-45 hours/week depending on availability
  • Must be available Mon-Fri, 8:00AM – 6:00PM – actual hours will fall between these times
  • Some overnights may be required
  • May 28 – August 30 availability preferred
Qualifications Needed
  • Experience working with children ages 3-12
  • Interest in and experience in natural history or education
  • Flexibility as program needs may change from week to week
  • Age 18+
  • Must pass a criminal background check 

Compensation: $12-14/hour starting- commensurate with experience

TO APPLY: Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to: Diana Roman, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email romand@explorenature.org



Irvine Nature Center is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and organized individual to prepare for and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education for after-school programs, with elementary aged children.  Under the direction of the program instructor, this position will plan and implement enrichment activities, recreational activities, and behavioral management with students in these programs. All programs take place at Baltimore County schools.

  • Lead environmental education lesson plans for school-aged children.
  • Create and prepare materials, lessons and manipulatives needed for program.
  • Communicate with parents, personnel, and others to provide information on such things as program activities and student progress.
  • Maintain classroom discipline for the benefit of student safety and an enriched learning environment.
  • Ensure that program policies and procedures are followed at the school site.
  • Supervise volunteers and intern assistants.
  • Applicants must be interested in natural sciences, environmental and science education, outdoor recreation, or related fields
  • Work experience with children
  • Strong interest in the environment and natural history
  • Strong interest in education
  • Familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities
  • Your own transportation
  • Excellent communication skills

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, or Human Services. Natural sciences, social work, or related fields also considered.

  • 20-25 hours per week
  • Must have availability between 2-6 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday

Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Tara Lilley, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 by email at HR@ExploreNature.org


Irvine Nature Center is looking for two weekend Nature Birthday Party Leaders to provide fun, educational nature birthday parties for kids ages 3-10. There are several themed parties including Wild Things, Woodland Fairies, and Barnyard Bash. Experience with children in a teaching setting preferred, as parties have up to 20 party guests in attendance. Enthusiasm is a must! Training will be provided, including training to work with live animals, which are part of the party experience. There is also an outdoor trail component to each party for kids to play games or explore an aspect of nature. Science and natural history background is strongly recommended – kids (and their parents) will ask lots of questions! Lastly, art projects, songs, and stories are also incorporated into the nature birthday party experience. Creative, high-energy, nature-loving educators wanted!

  • Must be available weekends.
  • Hours are on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 9a.m. to 6p.m. with occasional Friday parties from 4-6p.m. or 6-8p.m.
  • Must have own reliable transportation.
  • Must have high school degree. Some college coursework in Education or related field preferred.
  • Must have previous experience and references for work with children.
  • Natural history and science background preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and professional demeanor.
  • Must be enthusiastic, reliable, and fun!

Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Tara Lilley, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 by email at HR@ExploreNature.org

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