Project Hope Summer Intern 2024 – Nature Education Specialist

United Neighborhood Centers NEPA

Job Title: Nature Education Specialist

Job Type: Seasonal (July 1-26), Paid Internship

Location: Camp Project Hope in Tunkhannock, PA (Onsite presence not required every day)

Since 1970, Project Hope Day Camp has provided Lackawanna County children from low-income families a safe and healthy place to learn and grow during the out-of-school months. Campers are transported to and from Camp Kelly in Tunkhannock for a traditional summer camp experience, which includes mindfulness practice, arts and crafts, environmental studies, sports, an Outdoor Adventure Learning Course, and other recreational activities. At Project Hope, children gain a better sense of self, develop their own talents, and learn new skills while developing positive relationships with peers and adults.


As a Nature Education Specialist at Camp Project Hope, you will inspire children aged 5-14 to connect with and appreciate the natural world through engaging lessons and activities. Your responsibilities will include:

  1. Lesson Plan Development and Facilitation:
    • Develop and facilitate age-appropriate lesson plans on the natural environment for children.
    • Create and implement activities that encourage exploration and appreciation of the wonders of nature.
  2. Assessment Administration:
    • Develop and administer pre- and post-assessments to evaluate student learning and the impact of nature education programs.
    • Analyze assessment data to assess the effectiveness of lesson plans and activities.
  3. Report Generation:
    • Create a comprehensive report summarizing data found in pre- and post-assessments.
    • Provide insights and recommendations based on assessment outcomes to enhance future program effectiveness.
  4. Camp Schedule and Training:
    • Camp Dates: Monday-Friday, July 1-26 (with July 4th off)
    • Camp Hours: Approximately 9 am – 3 pm
    • Onsite Presence: Not required every day, depending on internship hour requirements.
    • Mandatory Staff Training: June 18, 10 am – 5 pm
    • Internship would include prep-hours in June and one day of work after July 26 for final wrap-up.


  • Background in environmental science, education, or a related field.
  • Experience in developing and delivering nature education programs for children.
  • Passion for fostering a love of nature and environmental stewardship in young minds.
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.

***NOTE FOR OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS***  UNC is unable to offer housing accommodations or cover travel expenses. We will prioritize local candidates in the selection process for this internship to minimize logistical complexities.

UNC of NEPA is equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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