We hold volunteer work parties once or twice a year to help get camp ready for the kids. If you have a relatively strong back, like to work outdoors in a beautiful space with fun people, let us know, and we’ll invite you to our next work party!

Employment Opportunity

Nature-study day camp in Rappahannock County, Virginia seeking candidates for Camp Director, to succeed retiring director who will oversee the 2022 educational program. Tasks during four weeks of summer camp sessions will include teaching nature subjects, serving as counselors of boys and girls, leading activities for up to 24 campers (age 8 to 16), and guiding campers to produce illustrations and written material for 16-page annual newsletter. 

Future work as Camp Director may include some or all of the following: development, expansion and oversight of all camp programs, budgeting and fundraising, staff search and training, administration of small nonprofit organization, as well as organizing and leading educational activities during camp sessions, including classes and outings for adults. Duties may possibly also include oversight of camp facilities, including buildings, gardens, trails and campsite, and associated tools and equipment.

Activities at this unique, small but growing day camp are almost all outdoors. We focus on nature observation and building a cooperative camp community. We seek to avoid abstract concepts, established scientific theories, reliance on technology and textbooks, and indoctrination of any sort. Candidates must be willing to attend camp-sponsored training and classes in our special approach to nature study and educational guidelines. 

Desirable skills and experience

  • Strong background in nature observation and study.
  • Ability to work with children with sensitivity to their needs and to guide them in activities that are both engaging and real.
  • Training, interest or experience related to some or all of the following: teaching young children, experiential education, community building, and direct observation of natural phenomena.


  • Annual salary of $12,000 ($1,000/month).
  • The successful candidate for the permanent Camp Director position will overlap with the retiring director for the 4 weeks of summer camp duty in 2022, including training and planning meetings.

To apply:

Overview of Rapp Nature Camp programs and job descriptions are available at rappnaturecamp.org. Final selection of intern will require clear background check. Candidates please mail a Letter of Interest, along with resume, to: Camp Director, Rapp Nature Camp, P.O. Box 145, Sperryville, VA 22740. Applications and interviews now in progress.