Camp Operations Assistant

Pacific Science Center Foundation, 200 2nd Avenue N., Seattle, Washington, United States of America Req #303
Friday, January 5, 2024
At Pacific Science Center, our mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Our colleagues are passionate lifelong learners who live our mission every day.  Each of us commits to bring an inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) focus in every aspect of our work. Join our collaborative team and help steward our warm, welcoming, community-learning environment at PacSci.
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Position Summary

The Camps Operations Assistant will work with site leadership, the supply team, and education staff to help with smooth day-to-day operations of summer programming. The Operations Assistant will work closely with Site Leads and Camp Aides to support supply chain operations at the designated site.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist Site Leads with daily operations like pick-up/drop-off, supervising campers, and facilitating breaks
  • Modeling safe, effective and equitable science facilitation methods
  • Assist educators with administrative tasks in support of daily operations
  • Assisting admin with administrative tasks such as paperwork, photocopying, etc.
  • May include supervising campers in Extended-Day program
  • Leading daily camp operations including set-up and tear down of signage, distributing camper lunches, and other operational needs
  • Assist Site Leads with the creation and distribution of daily camp letters to communicate program activities to families and guardians
  • Loading and unloading camp supply vans
  • Monitor and maintain supply systems for an individual camp site, including physical supplies, as well as digital resources and databases
  • Assess risk and ensure camper safety, including responding to first aid situations
  • Work with education and supply team to ensure smooth communication and distribution of camps supplies for assigned site
  • Comply with all camp procedures including COVID-19 and other health and safety policies and supporting campers and others in the camp space with doing the same
  • Providing feedback and program evaluation to Camps for Curious Minds leadership
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of (or the ability to learn):

  • Basic science knowledge
  • Project management and communication skills
  • Behavior and classroom management
  • Customer service best practices



  • Can prioritize tasks and problem solve
  • Able to communicate effectively and efficiently with Site Leads and other staff
  • Work effectively and respectfully with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Flexibility and the ability to remain calm and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Multitask, prioritize, and organize multiple projects with sound judgement
  • Excellent attention to detail


Ability to:

  • Ensure campers of all ages and from diverse backgrounds are welcomed and served in a manner that makes their experience positive, memorable and consistent with Pacific Science Center’s mission, vision, and values
  • Approach each interaction individually and without expectation or judgement of content knowledge level of interest, or background in science
  • Work independently as needed as well as within a team
  • Multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment




  • Experience working with youth from grades Pre-K-8th
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent experience)
  • At least 18 years of age at the start of camp
  • Attending training sessions at beginning of summer season
  • First Aid/AED/CPR certification or willingness to obtain
  • WA State Food Handlers permit or willingness to obtain before start date
  • Available to work a minimum of 7-10 full weeks of the summer season depending on location placement 



  • Informal education experience
  • Past summer camp experience
  • Passion for science education and early childhood development
  • Associate’s/Bachelor's degree or currently in pursuit
  • Available to work all 10 weeks of the summer season (June 24-August 30)
  • This is a temporary, full-time summer position
  • Due to a variety of camps and locations, hours can vary daily, typically totaling 40 hours per week during the camp season
  • Some camps are full day while others are half day only, this position remains full-time
  • A uniform t-shirt is provided and required to be worn while on the job
  • This position may require driving a 15-passanger van and assuming responsibility of the safety and security of all passengers



Pay is based on several factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and years of experience.  


Starting Base Salary Rate:  $21.00 / hour


In addition to base salary, Pacific Science Center offers the following benefits to  temporary employees:

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings
  • Employee PacSci Membership

This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Pacific Science Center stands with those who are courageously fighting against hate, racism, and injustice. We recognize that not being racist is not sufficient. We must be actively anti-racist, and we commit to doing so.  We prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in everything we do. Curiosity and critical thinking are essential to the dialogue and changes that need to happen.

Pacific Science Center complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at

Other details

  • Job Family 1 Entry & Early Career
  • Job Function Exhibits, Education & Outreach
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Seasonal
  • Min Hiring Rate $21.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $21.00
  • Job Start Date Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Job End Date Friday, August 30, 2024
Location on Google Maps
  • Pacific Science Center Foundation, 200 2nd Avenue N., Seattle, Washington, United States of America