Work alongside environmental educators to lead youth outdoor summer nature programs while gaining hands-on experience within the field of environmental education.

Dates: June 7th- August 6th, 2021

  • Training Dates: June 7th-June 11th
  • Program Dates: June 14th- July 30th
  • Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Occasional evening hours possible
  • All applicants must be available for the entire summer program season
  • Paid position $11-$13/ hour depending on experience

Lake Forest Open Lands Association summer programs offer children ages 3-15 the opportunity to actively explore our native habitats, plants and animals through hands-on activities and investigation. Gain teaching experience leading children in nature exploration, outdoor recreation and ecological restoration. Visit our website for program details.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participation in entire program training
  • Care and supervision of up to 12 program participants
  • Responsibility for the health and safety of all participants
  • Deliver educational program content and oversee activities for groups of up to 12 children
  • Daily preparation, set up, clean up and maintenance of program materials and facilities
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and materials
  • Practicing and enforcing Covid safety guidelines
  • Clear and professional communication with staff, parents and program participants
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of ages and abilities and to adapt to changes in weather or group needs
  • Participate in occasional evening programs as needed


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be energetic, enjoy working with children, and enjoy working outdoors
  • Certified in CPR/ First Aid by program start date
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Familiarity with the natural history of our region and/or outdoor experience preferred
  • Physical ability to lift and carry materials in various outdoor environments and to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Must pass a background check before hire

Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded non-profit conservation organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature. Lake Forest Open Lands is considered a regional leader in environmental education. We believe environmental education plays a key role in building community support for the long-term commitment required to protect, restore and maintain native ecosystems and open space.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, completed application, and resume to Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.