Instructor - AstroCamp VA
Job Details
AstroCamp VA - Clover, VA
4 Year Degree

Position:  Instructor

Location: Clover, VA

Work Year:  Seasonal/Summer 

**These dates are contingent and could change do to the guidelines from the CDC, State of Virginia and County Public Health Officials.**

Responsible To:  Program Director

Summary of Position:

Instructors are responsible for bringing physical sciences and astronomy concepts to life through hands-on, experiential education classes and activities during 3-5 day school programs.  Instructors will maintain the high quality of our program by following established curriculum and set policies.  Instructors will also be responsible for helping maintain program equipment and ensuring student safety.  

Specific Responsibilities (Examples of Duties):

  1. Implement the Educational Program curriculum and related programs, as outlined by the Program Director. Instructor Description 1
  2. Ensure all programs are conducted in accordance with the policies set by Guided Discoveries emphasizing safety.
  3. Development of necessary educational and instructional background to ensure quality of the program.
  4. Attend and participate in all leadership and instruction sessions scheduled by the Program Director.
  5. Assume role of Program Coordinator for groups when assigned.
  6. Work evening programs to meet group’s needs.
  7. Generate ongoing enthusiasm and participation in student activities.
  8. Assist with recreation groups as required.
  9. Other duties as assigned by Program Director.

Essential Functions:

  1. Must be able to communicate and work with the student groups by teaching all aspects of the program including labs, hikes, and adventure activities.
  2. Must be able to hike several miles along dirt trails including steep inclines.
  3. Lift, carry and move heavy objects up to 50 lbs. when necessary.
  4. Be able to respond to emergency situations by providing the leadership necessary to enact the appropriate Emergency Procedure Plan.
  5. Abilities to observe student and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, and enforce appropriate behavior.
  6. Understanding of the Hazard Communication Plan and MSDS forms as well as other GD Safety Program including but not limited to Lock Out/Tag Out, Confined Spaces, Respirators and Blood borne Pathogens.
  7. Ability to drive company vehicles.  (Only necessary if checked out for driving)

 Other Tasks:

  1. Assist with marketing efforts by attending camp fairs and school shows.  
  2. Help prepare and present information regarding camp’s programs to teacher’s and administrators.  
  3. Help produce social media content to be used by our coordinator to promote camp.  
  4. Work on specific projects to help develop teaching tools and demonstrations in camp. 
  5. Represent and promote camp in our local community through involvement in local events.  


  1. Housing 
  2. Full meals in the Dining Hall when kitchen is in operation.
  3. Medical insurance (currently 95% of premium subject to change with no less than 30 days notice) provided after 60 days of accrued full time employment.
  4. Workers Compensation Insurance and State Disability Insurance
  5. Guest visitation privileges to the company facilities with prior permission.
  6. 403(b) program
  7. Special tuition for employees’ camp age children.
  8. Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful mountain environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Must have a current driver’s license, unless already discussed.  
  2. BS or BA degree in Physics, Astronomy or equivalent.
  3. Prior teaching experience or equivalent (in outdoor science programs, or in youth summer camps, scouts programs or recreational programs for youth preferred.)  
  4. Demonstrated ability and knowledge to create, organize, develop and implement educational programs using current trends in curricula development and instructional activities.
  5. Strong communication and human relations skills.
  6. Certifications in first aid and CPR preferred.
  7. Desire and ability to live and work in camp community.
  8. Desire to work with children and ability to supervise them and make proper discipline judgments.
  9. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities.
  10. Good character, integrity, flexibility and adaptability.
  11. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.
  12. Must be able to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.