Junior Assistant Naturalists

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Volunteer at Tamarack Nature Center this summer! Junior Assistant Naturalists (JANs) are important members of the Tamarack summer day camp team. Like camp counselors, JANs are fun, friendly mentors to young day camp participants. JANs assist with all aspects of day camp including preparing activities, leading games, and helping supervise campers to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience.

  • Assist with summer day camp programs.
  • Get hands-on experience working with children in nature.
  • Gain valuable leadership skills.
  • Fulfill school service requirements.
  • Make new friends!

Volunteer requirements

Ages: 14–17 (must be age 14 by September 1, 2022)

Time commitment: Summer; 3–5 weeks, 4 day weeks (except for the week of June 20 - only 3 days Tuesday–Thursday). Needed from 8:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m. daily. 

Requirements: Applicants must enjoy working with small children, getting their hands dirty and be a playful and active participant. A strong sense of commitment and responsibility are also required.

Training dates (in-person at Tamarack Nature Center)

  • ​​Wednesday, June 15
    • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, June 16
    • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Special accommodations may be made upon request.

Interested in learning more before you submit an application?

Submit an interest form


Application deadline: May 6, 2022

Completed applications can be submitted to [email protected]. Tamarack Nature Center will follow up with a request for an interview.

Download general application (Word)

Download Returning JAN application (Word)