Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Title: Summer Camp Counselor

Pay Rate: will vary with experience

Classification: Student Assistant II

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Monday through Friday.

How to Apply: UC students should send a resume and cover letter to Joanna Oren Massey.

The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s Public Science Center, offers a wide range of programs to the public, families, and school groups, serving over 170,000 visitors per year. For over 20 years, the Hall has been providing fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) summer camps for youth. We offer camps that cover a wide range of STEM topics such as sustainability, animal investigations, engineering design, circuitry, and more. Our camps integrate explorations of outdoors, the museum, and creative expressions.


The Hall is seeking a Summer Camp Counselor to provide the following:

  • Inspire youth with a curiosity and excitement for science
  • Engage youth in multiple modalities: Engineering, Arts, Experiments, Crafts, and Design
  • Empower youth with interdisciplinary learning ranging from Astronomy all the way to Zoology
  • Guide & Mentor youth on an incredible journey of Exploration, Investigation, Discovery, and Invention!

Summer Camp Counselor is an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students or recent college graduates with interest and experience in science and education. It is a great opportunity for professional growth and to gain valuable experience in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).


  • Knowledge related to the sciences
  • Experience facilitating hands-on learning for groups and individuals
  • Skilled at working independently and collaboratively
  • Passion to teach and inspire young people in STEM
  • Enthusiastic to serve as a role model and mentor for youth

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop an understanding of, and the ability to facilitate camp programming in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment while supplying accurate scientific information. This may involve further reading or research on a subject or topic.
  • Present programs in an enthusiastic and professional way that actively engages our program participants.
  • Manage a camp environment for campers’ well being; including not only safety, but also managing expectations of behavior from campers.
  • Enthusiastic to serve as a role model and mentor for youth from ages 4–18.
  • Be responsible for material management of individual camp sessions, including appropriate set-up, clean-up, and storage.
  • Thoroughly understand the building safety and security and help implement emergency procedures when deemed necessary.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Please note that this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change to a degree based on programming needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or a post-secondary education program in science, education, youth development or related field.
  • Experience teaching and/or working with children ages 4–18 with demonstrated creative teaching methods in an informal or formal learning environment.
  • Available to work June 1–August 19th (no camp July 4th for national holiday). Priority selection will be offered to those committed to working the entire summer and partial summer schedules may be available.
  • Reliable, punctual, and committed to an assigned schedule to work full time, 40-hrs a week, Monday–Friday, 8AM–5PM with 1-hr lunch break 12–1PM.
  • Energized and excited to share the experience of science with children entering Pre–K through 12th grades.
  • Responsible, organized, and healthy work ethic capable of working independently and collaboratively with an educational team.
  • Strong customer service and verbal communication skills.
  • A good sense of humor, flexibility, and ability to think quickly on one’s feet.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds (carts are available).
  • Available for staff training June 3–June 6 and for summer camp June 10–August 16 (priority selection for those committed to working the entire summer/partial summer schedules may be available)

Preferred Qualifications

We are always looking for staff with more specific knowledge and talents. Please make sure to mention any additional skills and expertise such as:

  • Coding knowledge of Scratch and/or Python
  • Majoring in BioDesign, Environmental Science, Marine Biology
  • Early Childhood Education training/experience
  • Professional leadership experience in youth development
  • Fluent in Mandarin or other foreign languages
  • Play a musical instrument

If you have any questions about the position and/or the commitment, please feel to contact Joanna Oren Massey at or (510) 642-9016.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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