Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation

Spring Nature Camp Art Instructor

The Arboretum Spring Nature Camp is an extraordinary program that offers nature adventure, the science behind gardening, and arts and crafts focused on nature and the outdoors. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is currently seeking a qualified, enthusiastic, creative educator that can bring the highest quality of commitment and caring to our campers. Instructors must enjoy teaching, being outdoors, and creating innovative, hands-on experiences for active and curious young minds. Below are the two areas that applicants must have a working knowledge of to be a possible fit.

Arts and Crafts – Experience working with all art media preferred (painting, drawing, clay, tie-dying, papier-mache, natural materials, etc.).  Must be able to develop and implement a creative arts and crafts program (this includes multiple art activities per day), for children ages 5-11 as well as maintain and organize supplies.

Outdoor Activities – Experience facilitating outdoor games and activities for young children.  The instructor must be able to create and facilitate fun activities, suitable for 5-11 year olds, which foster an appreciation for nature and the environment.  Games are to be facilitated with age appropriate debriefing to enhance the educational value.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead class and recreation group rotation
  • Build positive group dynamics among our camp team
  • Lead groups of 10-20 kids throughout the day’s art and recreation activities with the help of 5-8 counselors and the Camp Director.
  • Develop new art activities and classes for each week
  • Interact with parents in a professional and energetic manner
  • Give positive reinforcement to campers
  • Help cultivate confidence and self-esteem, as well as a natural love for learning.
  • Approach education with passion and excitement!

Requirements:

  • Previous camp experience required
  • Love working with kids!
  • College Degree in arts or sciences
  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Experience working with K-6th grade children
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Three or more years of experience facilitating youth education in informal education or the classroom
  • Responsible and dependable
  • A good role model with strong academic standing
  • Contagious enthusiasm and charisma
  • Team player

Educators must be available for the entire 2 week program and for up to 5 hours prior to camp starting for lesson planning.  Actual camp sessions are Monday – Friday, March 14-18 and April 4-8. There will also be an instructor planning and orientation meeting prior to the beginning of camp; date TBD. Hourly pay DOE.  Up to 40 hours per week, 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00 which includes a mandatory 30 minute lunch break.  Teachers are expected to create lesson plans and supply lists for each session and have them submitted by the required date.  All supplies are provided.  Instructors are also required to submit updates to the camp blog twice a week.  Prior to employment, all candidates will go through a background check including fingerprinting by LA County.

Please send your resume in PDF format to: Chris Orosz, School Programs Coordinator, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007, or e-mail: chris.orosz@arboretum.org

No faxes please.


Tram Driver

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is looking for an experienced driver to drive a 38-passenger tram on the grounds of the Arboretum. The ideal candidate is friendly, safety conscious and a good communicator.

Typical duties and responsibilities will include driving tram with guests, conducting daily safety and pre-trip inspections, pre-trip cleaning and light maintenance, taking tickets, managing tram loading, providing tour narration, assisting guests with strollers and wheel chairs and answering basic questions about the Arboretum. Driver must be able to deal professionally and effectively with all types of people.

Work includes Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for 4 hours each day with occasional evenings for weddings and weekdays and for special tours. The working environment includes exposure to noise, odors, drafts, variable outside temperatures and occasional inclement weather.

Must be 18 years of age with a Class B driver’s license with a Passenger endorsement and possess a clean driving record. Driver must pass a Department of Transportation physical exam and pre-employment alcohol/drug screening. Six months of experience driving a tram is preferred.
Salary DOE

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Robin Sease, Manager of Visitor Education Services at robin.sease@arboretum.org

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