Education - Summer Camp Assistant 2020

Purpose: Summer Camp volunteers assist Camp Leaders to prepare and conduct outdoor, hands-on, activity-based camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Camp programs are designed to foster inquiry, discovery, understanding and appreciation for nature, and the importance of plants in our lives.



  • Assist Camp Leaders to conduct nature-based activities for groups of children aged 5-10
  • Assist Camp Leaders in providing a fun, welcoming, safe, and secure environment for all campers
  • Assist in preparing and cleaning up from the day’s activities


Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

  • A love of nature and respect for the environment
  • Comfortable working with children aged 5-10
  • Patient, positive, flexible, and fun-loving
  • Comfortable standing, walking, and kneeling throughout the shift
  • Must pass a criminal record background check (free for volunteers)
  • Eager to spend time outdoors in any weather


Volunteer Benefits: 

  • An opportunity to inspire and educate children
  • Enhance leadership , group management, and interpretive skills 
  • Opportunity to work with educational professionals in a well-respected non-profit
  • Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
  • Learn about nature including ecology, botany, sustainability, gardening, and more


Time Commitment:

Summer camp operates for 8 weeks from June 29th to August 21st, 2020. Weekly camp themes vary. Volunteers can choose from the following (at minimum):

  • Work EVERY morning or afternoon from 8:45am-12:45pm or 12:30-4:30pm for one week
  • Work a full day of camp from 8:45am-4:15pm for one week


Training and Orientation:

  • A mandatory training session will take place on June 23rd from 4:30pm to 8:00pm.


Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with, the camp leaders, the Youth Programs Manager and the Director of Education.


Authority/Decision Making: Guidance and problem solving involving children requires direct supervision from camp leaders.