Environmental Educator / Challenge Course Facilitator
Don Lee Centers

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Environmental Educator / Challenge Course Facilitator

Don Lee Centers
Arapahoe, North Carolina
$425.00 / week
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 2 months. (Feb 20, 2024)

Environmental Education Instructors at Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center teach students through a residential outdoor environmental education program known as Coastal Communities. Instructors of the Coastal Communities program facilitate students in grades 3 - 8, and occasionally students as young as kindergarten and high school age. In this program, students come with their class for a one-day, two-day, three-day, or even five-day nature experience. Instructors teach a variety of different explorations, depending on which programs teachers select.

Experiential education at Don Lee also incorporates our low element challenge course through both the Common Ground program and the Coastal Communities program. Groups may participate in the challenge course experience for a small portion of their extended visit, or for an entire day! This experience is designed to raise the awareness of students as being part of a group, help them to better learn to cooperate, communicate, and work more effectively as a team. Together, the experiences of these two programs can be a very effective tool to help reinforce lessons of teachers working in a classroom setting.


Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center's Environmental and Outdoor Educators are required to have a bachelor's degree in a science or education related field or in outdoor recreation and experiential education. They should possess experience or strong interest in teaching children in an outdoor setting. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and effective communication skills are a must. Those persons seeking internships must currently be obtaining a college degree in a related field and possess a strong desire to teach children in an outdoor setting.

Expectations of Don Lee Experiential Education Staff:

  • Enthusiasm about the environment and the experiential education process
  • Self-confidence and the ability to facilitate activities with large and small groups
  • Be prepared and prompt for all activities and meetings
  • Ability to function as an effective team member with other staff members, and to successfully function in a cooperative, communal living environment
  • Helping with setting up and cleaning up of daily activities
  • Hardworking person with the ability to work long hours in a day, in an outdoor setting
  • Positive Attitudes!!
  • Debrief daily with other staff members and be able to offer solutions to issues
  • Communication of problems, ideas, etc. with coordinator and other Don Lee staff members
  • Flexibility!!


Salary for staff is $275 per week plus room and board. Salary for non-degreed, interns is $225 plus room and board. There is also limited medical insurance and workers compensation insurance provided. Camp provides staff with three meals a day, seven days a week, which are prepared by our dining hall staff. Staff members are required to work 5 days a week, and have 2 days per week off work. Due to the nature of the camping atmosphere, the two days a week that members are off are not always the same two days each week. Employment is seasonal; Spring session from March to May and Fall session from September to November. 

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to fieldtrips@donleecenter.org 

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