Employment Opportunities





Naturalists work as part of a team of enthusiastic, energetic staff members. Classes range from 1-3 hours and are taken from our wide curriculum that includes natural science, team building, living history, archery, wildlife adaptations and teambuilding. Staff will teach to groups of 12-20 elementary and middle school aged students. Other components of the job include: hosting meals, curriculum development, nature center feeding/cleaning, organizing evening programs, completing camp projects, and participating in staff training.  Naturalists take part in our professional development series through the season.

Responsibilities of all camp staff include: 

  • Interact with all campers, teachers, parents, staff, and chaperones in a positive manner.
  • Supervise and promote safety regulations while encompassing the values of the YMCA.
  • Maintain the GMV YMCA Culture of excellent camp experience, accountability and positive attitude.

Lead Naturalist responsibilities include:

  • Teach the Outdoor Education Curriculum to elementary and middle school aged children.
  • Lead evening activities such as campfire and act in living history programs.
  • Facilitate our challenge course and climbing elements with school-age through adult groups.
  • Maintain program areas to be safe, clean and exciting.
  • Assist with camp projects.
  • Update, improve and create curriculum.
  • Participate in professional development program which includes in-services and field trips.
  • Complete weekly duties such as care of nature center animals, hosting meals, greeting the groups and other duties as assigned.


  • Experience working with children strongly desired
  • Public speaking skills and confidence in front of groups
  • Comfortable in rustic, outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Creativity, a strong work ethic and initiative
  • Bachelor's Degree strongly desired (or working towards), high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Work 5 days a week, some weekend work


  • On-site housing, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, private individual rooms
  • YMCA Membership
  • Meals when groups are scheduled
  • Pay equation:
    Starting at $265
    -$5 for every season returning (caped at 4 OE seasons at $20)
    -$15 for lead facilitator certification for high ropes
    -$10 for YMCA Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid/O2
    -$5 for Nationally Recognized certifications (such as archery, cpr/first aid, and other certifications that Director Team sees as applicable to your responsibilities)
    -$30 for completed master’s degree or $20 for completed bachelor’s degree or $10 for completed associates degree


Spring: Late Feb - Late May/Early June
Fall: Late August/Early September – Late November
*From June to August we have opportunities with our summer camp program

How to Apply: 

Send completed application, cover letter & resume to Sean Brown.  Click here for Employment Application 
E-mail – 

Mailing Address
YMCA Camp Campbell Gard, 
Attn: Sean Brown, 
4803 Augspurger Road
Hamilton, OH 45011

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