Teva/Nature Specialist

Bender JCC of Greater Washington | Rockville, MD, United States

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Posted Date 5/17/2024

Join the Lessans Camp JCC team for the summer! Specialists run the specialized programs that are part of the camp experience.

The Teva Specialist is responsible for planning and facilitating daily activities with a focus on nature, for campers ages 4-21 with various needs. Specialists must be able to adapt activities to include children with disabilities.


Core Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, direct, and supervise the Teva (Nature) specialty area program, which may include creating program curriculum and ordering supplies prior to camp.
  • Work with camp staff to plan and implement camp-wide special events and activities. Delegate select responsibilities to counselors.
  • Set up and break down program area daily, and clean equipment between uses. Take part in the daily clean-up of the program area, including putting all toys and equipment away.
  • Be present at arrival and dismissal locations as scheduled. Ensure all children have been picked up by an authorized adult or guardian.
  • Engage and supervise the campers in programs and activities while under the position’s care. Lead activities while maintaining control over group, program and supplies.
  • Spend spare time assisting and getting to know camper groups. Substitute for absent Counselors as needed and requested.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers of all ages, interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques – enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, good sportsmanship and self-control.
  • Teach staff and campers about expected behavior during specialty time and appropriate use of equipment. Utilize Yoetzet (Camp Social Worker) and Program Director in implementing camp behavior management plans.
  • Work with the Adaptive Recreation Specialist to ensure inclusivity of all activities.
  • Submit orders for necessary supplies at least one week in advance, organize materials and provide appropriate numbers for each individual.
  • Pack all materials and supplies at end of camp season and submit inventory on paper to the Program Director
  • Evaluate current programs and make suggestions for following season.
  • Comply with and participate in the County, State and American Camp Association requirements.
  • Recognize, respond and report to Leadership Team any environmental and/or other hazards related to the activity or the program.
  • Attend all required orientation meetings, staff meetings and trainings.


Qualifications include:

  • Prior experience working in the program area.
  • Prior experience working with school-aged children of all abilities.
  • Ability to engage with campers and staff of all ages.
  • Ability to adapt all planned activities to include children with disabilities.
  • Ability to get on the floor to participate and supervise activities.
  • Ability to spend your camp day outdoors and walk and travel long distances.
  • Ability to move equipment and supplies as required.
  • CPR and First Aid certification preferred.
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards within the camp program.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with campers, parents, and peers.


Must be available the entire camp season starting on June 17 going through mid-August.


To Apply

Please apply online at

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Part Time Categories
Summer Staff
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Community Centers
Job Location
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