The Nature Connection eliminates the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community. 

Position Description:

The Generation Wild Camp Lead is a contributing member of the Nature Connection’s summer programs offered in Cedaredge, Delta, and Hotchkiss in June, July, and August. The goal of these camps is to help campers create a connection to nature, make positive relationships, and build confidence in outdoor skills. Leads will work closely with the Director of Programs to manage 4-8 weeks of camp for children ages 7-11 years old. This includes developing and leading outdoor activities, facilitating off-site trips, and supervising high school camp interns. Outdoor program components include, but not limited to mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, archery, overnight campout, nature focused activities, crafts, team building games. 


The Generation Wild Camp Lead will have the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Ensure high quality, safe and consistent outdoor programs for a diverse population of students.
  • Oversee the health and wellness of camp participants including proper sanitation and first aid.
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use of outdoor equipment and gear.
  • Provide superior client service to all campers, parents/families, staff, volunteers, partners, and vendors.
  • Supervise high school aged camp counselors by setting a good example, delegating tasks, providing direct feedback, and collecting timesheets.
  • Work with Camp Counselors to plan various activities.
  • Assist with a range of administrative duties including filling out incident reports, submitting timesheets, and collecting statistics.
  • Assist with conflict resolution.
  • Encourage and inspire campers.

About You:

Our ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills, and experience: 

  • Experience mentoring or supervising children
  • Experience in formal/informal outdoor education, childcare, outdoor recreation industry or related field
  • Good judgment and strong moral and ethical code
  • Ability to act and maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Self starter and problem solver with excellent organizational skills
  • Outdoor enthusiast: Experience with outdoor sports like mountain biking, paddling, swimming and hiking. 
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • First Aid/CPR certificate preferred
  • Evidence of sound leadership skills including excellent verbal communications skills; effective facilitation, conflict resolution, and team building. Must be able to work with people of all ages and physical abilities
  • Physical demands: standing, walking and/or physically active outdoors for 5+ hours outside, must be able to pass a swim test, routinely lift 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Minimum age: 18 years

Application Deadline:  Open until filled; Priority given to applications received by March 15.

Compensation:  Hourly: $17-$21/hour depending on experience. Free outdoor gear during summer (SUPs, mountain bikes, camping equipment). Wilderness first aid training provided.

Locations: We are looking for Leads for the following locations:

  • Hotchkiss: 8 week camp June 5-August 9; base camp @ the Nature Connection
  • Delta: 8 week camp June 5-August 9; basecamp @ Bill Heddles Rec Center
  • Cedaredge: 4 week camp June 5-June 28; basecamp @ Cedaredge Middle School


  • 32-40 hours/week
  • Typical schedule will be Monday – Thursday, 8am-4pm, with some onsite prep time required on Fridays to prepare for programs
  • Mandatory Lead Orientation: May 21, 22, 23
  • Mandatory Summer Staff Orientation: May 28, 29, 30
  • Wilderness First Aid Training (if you don’t already have): May 31 and June 1
  • First Day of Camp: June 3
  • Last Day of Camp: August 2

To Apply: Please send a resume; cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and what experiences you have had that lend themselves to the position description; and three professional references to

Any applicant who knowingly or willfully makes a false statement of any material fact or thing in the application is guilty of perjury in the second degree as defined in section 18-8-503, C.R.S., and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly.