Outdoor Discovery Day Substitute Camp Counselor

Location US-KS-Olathe
ID 2024-2166
Children's Services
Benefits Category
Part Time - No Benefits
Organizational Unit
Park & Recreation
Work Schedule
Driving Status


Make a positive impact on the community by joining the Johnson County Park and Recreation District team and help us enhance the lives of thousands through excellence in parks, recreation, culture, education, and public service. As a JCPRD employee, you'll be part of a locally, regionally, and nationally acclaimed organization that annually hosts nearly 7 million park visitors and engages nearly 3 million participants in 4,000+ programs. With excellent benefits, retirement plans, employee incentives, and a great organizational culture, JCPRD is building a thriving park and recreation system that inspires play, culture, and education, supporting healthy and fulfilling lives for all. Come work where you play!

Job Description

Enjoy your summer days outside teaching children about nature, history, and outdoor skills. Ernie Miller Nature Center staff operates 2 large camps, 1 in the park and 1 in Shawnee Mission Park. The Outdoor Discovery Camps are licensed KDHE school-age programs run by our award-winning Outdoor Education Team of full-time Park Naturalists

This position leads children ages 6-12 in outdoor and indoor activities including games, stories, crafts, swimming, creek exploration, field trips, kayaking & canoeing, archery, bb guns, hiking, nature and wildlife lessons, etc. May perform other related duties as assigned.

Our Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations.
  • Creativity and the ability to come up with new and fun activities for children.
  • Ability to teach campers, problem solve, and exercise independent judgment.
  • Comfortable with leading groups of children ages 6-12.
  • A genuine interest in working with children and helping them have a positive and memorable experience at camp.

Benefits: Weekends and Government Holidays Off, Casual Dress, Seasonal Discount Pass to JCPRD facilities and permits. College Credit and Internship experience (Sponsored by your School).


Location: Ernie Miller Nature Park & Shawnee Mission Park Shelter # 12


Hourly Salary: $14.00


Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.  Scheduling and shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Teaching, outdoor skills, camp, and/or environmental education experience preferred.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Some college preferred.
  • Must be willing to obtain CPR & First Aid Certificate (training available).
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass driving record check.
  • Must be able to work all day outdoors, May 28 – August 2. M-F shift hours vary 7 am-5:30
  • Time scheduled will shift with camp staff absences.
  • Must attend a paid camp training held May 20- 24.

JCPRD requires reference/background screening for all positions.  Specified criteria may vary by Department.


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