Nature Specialist

YMCA Storer Camps has been serving youth and families for over 100 years.
Camp Description
YMCA Storer Camps offers educational programs, character development and team building services to youth and adults through our three core programs: Outdoor Environmental Education, Summer Overnight Camp, and Specialty Programs & Group Retreats. Located in southeast Michigan on 1,200 acres surrounding Stony Lake, our 15 unique ecosystems provide a natural learning environment for campers, students, teachers and families year round.
Job Description

The Nature Specialist reports directly to the Summer Camp Director.  The incumbent is responsible to lend support to the entire Summer Camp staff and structure.  The Nature Specialist is responsible for the safe operations and supervision of the Nature program and activities.  The Nature Specialist is responsible for enforcing all state and licensing regulations with camp policy.


Must be at least 19 years of age and graduated from High School.  Must have a background in natural sciences or environmental education and knowledge of instructing campers and developing lessons plans. Must have a sincere desire to work with children.  Must have current certifications in CPR and First Aid.  Lifeguard certification is encouraged. 

Essential Functions

·      Be responsible for the care and upkeep of all animals in the nature center.

·      Feed all animals based on weekly schedule, making sure to not disrupt program time.

·      Report any advanced care needed for animals in a timely manner and remove from rotation.

·      Lead assigned program times in the Nature Center.

·      Compile lesson plans and leave a written record of the nature program.

·      Conduct pre-camp orientation to the nature program for counseling staff.

·      Inventory supplies and complete purchase requisitions as needed.

·      Teach in one or more program areas, supervise recreational activities, special events and evening programs.

·      Assist with cabin coverage responsibilities when not scheduled for nature center responsibilities.

·      Provide support and be a role model to all campers and staff.

·      Interpret and enforce safety and health regulations.

·      Follow all camp policies, rules and regulations.

·      Any other duties assigned that enhance any/all camp programs and the experiences of all campers and participants at YMCA Storer Camps.


The Nature Specialist is part of a staff team that will work together to provide quality camping programs in an environment that fulfills the YMCA’s mission and Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.  In addition, this team will also be accountable for working in a manner that will ensure the financial stability, which allows for future growth and development.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to plan, lead and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

There has never been a better time to join the YMCA of Greater Toledo! Our employees enjoy a diverse and inclusive environment and the opportunity to do cause-driven work to impact our communities through: helping kids succeed in school, helping people improve health and well-being, and bringing people together. If you are interested and have the skills and desire to make a difference, please continue by completing the application. Thank you for your interest in our Y!