tanglewood nature center and museum

Thank you for your interest in Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum! 
We are hiring four summer camp counselors for 2020. 

Interviewing and hiring will be conducted on a rolling basis; positions opened until filled. 

Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Jamie Ziegler, Camp Director: email (tanglewoodcurator@outlook.com) or postal mail Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Ave. Elmira NY 14903.

For more information, please view the position description and application (Word .docx) 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the Camp Director and be responsible for supervision and education of all camp participants.
  • Maintain a fun and safe environment for all participants.
  • Organize and implement a weekly schedule for your camp group.
  • Lead a variety of small and large group activities each week.  Activities will include crafts, nature exploration, environmental education, games, hikes and live animal handling.
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas.  This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  • Help guide Counselors-In-Training (CIT’s) to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills.
  • Assign duties to CIT’S and campers for daily set-up and clean-up of the camp area.

*position can possibly fill a college internship requirement- see your academic adviser to verify.


  • Must be at least 16 years old to apply.
  • Must be able to work Monday- Friday 8:00 AM- 5:15 PM
  • Education or experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field.
  • Interest in some fields of science such as Biology, Environmental Science or Education.
  • General knowledge of the New York ecosystems and love for nature.
  • Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Must pass background check.
  • Must be able to attend mandatory training sessions.
  • Upon hire, completion of First Aid and CPR certification required and to be provided by Tanglewood.


  • Must commit to working from Monday-Friday 8:00-5:15 from June 29th- August 21st 2020 with the option of extended employment to September 3rd.  
  • The position is temporary and offers minimum wage with no benefits.
  • All counselors must participate in the training week immediately before camp (June 22nd-26th) hours to be determined.
  • There will be one week of unpaid vacation from the week of August 3rd-7th. Please plan your vacations accordingly.


You may always email your resume to Executive Director Elaine Spacher to keep on file for future opportunities. 

Nature Center and Museum location:
443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903

Phone: (607) 732-6060

Nature Center and Museum hours: OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sundays and Mondays. Trails are open dawn-dusk year-round.

Admission to the Nature Center and Museum is FREE to all. Please consider becoming a member of Tanglewood!

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