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Thank you for expressing your interest in working with Outdoor Education Laboratory.  OEL is currently not in a hiring mode.  As summer comes closer around, we will begin to fill our positions.  If you would like to check back with us, you can apply online (either new or returning staff) starting on February 1, 2024.  We hope to hear back from you then.



Job Descriptions

Staff Assistant (Grub)

Counselors are the main part of the OEL staff.  They teach all of the nature/science activities and interact directly with the campers and parents.  They lead/supervise the nature hike as well as free time.  Counselors teach two separate activities per week around nine times each.  Counselors are required to spend at least half of the lunch time with the campers, manage a bus stop twice during the summer, and supervise animal holding.  Additional duties/responsibilities may be assigned by a Director.

To be a Counselor with Outdoor Education Laboratory, you must have completed your Sophomore year in high school and have a good rapport with children -- a knowledge of nature is a plus.  You must be in the Greater Kansas City area and be able to work during the weekday most days during the summer.

As a Staff Assistant (Grub), you would have the following responsibilities:
*  Animal Care:  Clean the animal cages and give food and water.
*  Empty trash cans as needed
*  Sweep cabins and buildings
*  Sell soda during lunch and free time
*  Assist with animal holding periods
*  Assist Counselors with their activities
*  (Red Cedar Only)  Swimming Pool:  Skim top and empty skimmers

To be a Staff Assistant (Grub), you must be above the age of 14 due to Kansas state law.  If you are below that age but have completed seventh grade and would like to volunteer your time, you may request to do so (not many available -- regular Staff Assistant (Grub) is preferred).  A good rapport with children is required and a knowledge of nature is a plus.  You must be in the Greater Kansas City area and be able to work during the weekday for one to two weeks during the summer.

As a Staff Assistant (Grub), there are certain rules that you would be required to follow.  They are listed here so that you know what is expected of you before you apply.  Breaking these rules will result in your dismissal.
*  Be polite to campers and fellow staff members at all times.  No teasing of anyone will be tolerated.
*  Use appropriate language (no cussing)
*  Wear appropriate clothing
*  Have a positive attitude
*  While you will be a staff member, you must be supervised at all times.  You cannot take the liberty of going to the creek or off into the forest without a Counselor or Director accompanying you.
* Remember that this is a job.  You must be a professional staff member at all times (e.g. no cell phone usage will be allowed).
*  When you believe that you have finished all of your tasks for the time, check with the Director before choosing a Counselor to help.

Our compensation for Staff Assistants is based upon Education.  Refer to the table below for your specific information.
Grade Completed Compensation

7th Grade

30 hours of community service hours (OEL is a 501c3)

8th Grade

15 paid hours (must by 14 by law)
15 hours of community service hours (OEL is a 501c3)

9th Grade

30 paid hours
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