Help Transform Lives

Sherwood Forest is more than just a summer camp…

Our programs change the lives of children in need. We are looking for people to join our team this summer who are not only looking to work at a summer camp, but also want to help kids discover the best in themselves. Sherwood Forest staff members are passionate about the outdoors, working with children, and making the world a better place.

summer job opportunities

General Information

Click on the job titles below to learn more about the different positions we are hiring for camp this summer. 

Dates

  • Training – May 17 – May28
  • Mini Camp – May 29 – Jun 2
  • Boys Camp – Jun 5 – Jul 2
  • Girls Camp – Jul 8 – Aug 4
  • Post-camp – Aug 5 & 6

Facilities

Sherwood Forest consists of four separate villages — Shire, Shantoah, Sycamore Springs, and our new Leadership Village — each with its own campfire circle. All cabins have large porches, bunk beds, and plenty of storage spaces for campers to keep their belongings. Learn more about our facilities.

How to apply

Go online to https://sherwoodstaff.campbrainstff.com to complete an application

 Questions

Contact Rachel Tutwiler at rachelt@sherwoodforeststl.org or (314)644-3322

Aquatics Department Head
Position Description

Aquatics Department Head oversees all water/swimming related activities both in and out of camp. This includes proper preparation and training of staff within the Aquatics Department as well as non-department staff leading or participating in water/swimming related activities. This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Current lifeguard certification
  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid Class E Driver’s license
  • Experience instructing aquatic activities – pool and waterfront
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,300 – $2,600. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Behavioral Health Specialist
Position Description

The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for supporting the behavioral and mental health needs of all campers. This will range from one-off conversations with Group Leaders regarding their campers to developing behavioral support plans for campers with challenging behaviors. This position serves as a supervisory role in camp overseeing two Youth Advocates, in addition to general supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Degree or certificate in mental health related field; masters preferred: Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Therapy, etc
  • Understanding of basic behavioral and mental health diagnoses
  • Knowledge of child growth and development
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge about the use of current technology
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $7,000 – $7,500. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Challenge/Trek Group Leader
Position Description

Challenge and Trek Group Leaders are responsible to providing a safe and supportive environment for campers as they explore their leadership through wilderness trips. Wilderness trips range from single overnights to multi-day backpacking and river expeditions. Group Leaders are expected to be comfortable leading and facilitating outdoor trips while maintaining both physical and emotional safety for all campers. In addition, Group Leaders are also assigned to one of six departments: Adventure Sports, Aquatics, Arts, Ideas, Outdoor Living Skills, and STEM.

Qualifications

  • Desire to work with children and youth in a challenging, yet rewarding environment
  • Previous experience in outdoor tripping – including: backpacking, camping, canoeing, shelter building, survival skills, navigation, etc
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions
  • Ability to make sound decisions and manage risk in backcountry settings

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,000 – $2,100. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Group Leader/Instructor
Position Description

Group Leaders are at the core of our programs. They serve as our frontline staff working directly with campers throughout the summer. Group Leaders are responsible for the daily care and wellbeing of cabin of campers. They also serve as instructors in one of six activity areas: Arts, Aquatics, Adventure Sports, STEM, Outdoor Living Skills, and Ideas.

Qualifications

  • Desire to work with children and youth in a challenging, yet rewarding environment
  • Previous experience working with children or youth preferred
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $1,900 – $2,100. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Ideas Department Head
Position Description

Ideas Department Head is responsible for coordinating all activities related to writing, reading, history and culture. This includes proper preparation and training of staff within the Ideas department.  This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid Class E Driver’s license
  • Experience in education of children in relation to writing, reading, history, culture and other specialty knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,300 – $2,600. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Outdoor Living Skills Instructor
Position Description

Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) Instructors are responsible for facilitating activities that increase campers’ knowledge of and appreciation for the outdoors. Activities include both survival skills (fire-building, shelter-building, knots) and naturalist skills (plant identification, nature hikes, gardening). OLS Instructors also serve as a Group Leader with a cabin of campers in 3rd-9th grade.

Qualifications

  • Desire to work with youth in a challenging, yet rewarding environment
  • Previous experience with survival and naturalist skills such as fire building, outdoor cooking, plant identification, gardening, shelter building, knot tying, etc.
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $1,900 – $2,100. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Reading Teacher
Position Description

Reading Instructors guide campers through an integrated reading experience that encourages an enthusiasm for reading and learning. Throughout the summer 3rd graders read a book chapter by chapter while applying concepts from the book to activities around camp.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of child growth and development
  • Experienced teachers preferred but not required
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Superior teaching abilities
  • Basic understanding and knowledge about the use of current technology
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,300 – $2,600. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

STEM Department Head
Position Description

STEM Department head oversees all STEM related activities within camp.  This includes proper preparation and training of staff within the STEM department.  This position also serves as a supervisor within camp and will be expected to fulfill supervisory duties beyond department area.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid Class E Driver’s license
  • Experience in education of children in relation to science, technology, engineering, math and other specialty knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to effectively assess levels of student achievement, analyze results, and prescribe action for improvement
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,300 – $2,600. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

STEM Instructor
Position Description

STEM Instructors are responsible for delivering a nature-based STEM curriculum to 4th and 5th grade campers. STEM Instructors may also provide broader STEM programming to campers in grades 1st – 9th. In addition, instructors will also be placed as a Group Leader working with a cabin of campers in 3rd – 9th grade.

Qualifications

  • Desire to work with children and youth in a challenging, yet rewarding environment
  • Experience in education of children in relation to science, technology, engineering, math and other specialty knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $1,900 – $2,100. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Student Nurse
Position Description

Student Nurses work closely with our two RN’s to support the physical health and wellbeing of the camp community. Student Nurses will be given the flexibility to work independently to assess and treat patients while receiving consistent guidance and feedback. Occasionally, nurses may be asked to provide care in backcountry and/or limited resource settings.

Qualifications

  • 3rd or 4th year nursing student
  • Valid class E driver’s license preferred
  • Previous experience working with children and youth in a healthcare setting preferred
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Interest in working in alternative nursing/medical fields
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,100 – $2,300. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.

Trip Leader
Position Description

Trip Leaders are responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of campers and staff on wilderness trips. Wilderness trips range from single overnights to multi-day backpacking and river expeditions. Trip Leaders are expected to be comfortable leading and facilitating outdoor trips while maintaining both physical and emotional safety for all campers. This position also serves as a supervisory role and may have additional supervisory duties

Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Valid class E driver’s license
  • Wilderness First Responder preferred
  • Previous experience in outdoor tripping – including: backpacking, camping, canoeing, shelter building, survival skills, navigation, etc
  • Interpersonal skills, especially with regards to accepting guidance and feedback
  • Ability to provide a safe environment and proper care for campers
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of working with children
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness
  • Ability to work and navigate in a variety of environments and weather conditions
  • Ability to make sound decisions and manage risk in backcountry settings

 Salary

Salary is based on education, experience, and qualifications ranging from $2,100 – $2,300. It includes room and board for the duration of employment.