our instructor positions at curious jane camp

Instructors have knowledge of and passion for their subject, teaching experience in a school or specialty program setting, and a college or master’s level degree. They lead the class and counselors are there to assist. 

Class size is generally 8 to 12 girls, and each class focuses on a particular ‘theme’ — for example, if an instructor teaches Kitchen Chemistry, she will work with the same group of girls over the course of the week, leading a super fun, project-packed week of activities that build on each other. Girls spend about 4 hours of each day in their class theme, and have breaks for outdoor play, lunch and snacks.

Dates vary by location, and we do give preference to instructors who can commit to the full run of camp at their location (ranging from 4 to 6 weeks, or just 2 weeks at our smaller pop-up locations).

Useful Links –
Camp Locations + Dates
Camp Class Themes

about us

Curious Jane runs project-based summer day camps for girls ages 5 to 11, with weekly themes  revolving around science +  engineering + design. CAMP is how Curious Jane started and it remains at the heart of what we do. 

Our niche is in designing an easy and engaging on-ramp to *making  things* – experimenting, exploring, creating and thinking with your hands. We combine colorful supplies and simple materials into DIY projects with a sophisticated learning twist or technique. We make fun things and make things fun! 

The culture of Curious Jane is rooted in collaboration, creative problem solving, confidence building and accountability. The heart of Curious Jane is our projects – they reflect all of these things, rolled up with our personality and a good dose of fun!

Curious Jane was founded in 2009 by Samantha Razook to give her daughters, and all girls, a place to be creative and inventive in a fun, high-energy environment.

how camp works

  • Curious Jane Camp is for girls ages 5 to 11. They are grouped by age according to the grade they are entering in fall – K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th. 
  • Camp is organized around class themes, and multiple themes may be offered each week.
  • Girls attend for one or more weeks, and sign-up for their favorite theme each week.
  • At camp, we also have CITs (rising 7th-9th grade girls) and High School Volunteers (10th-12th)
  • Our class size is limited to 12 campers, with a Lead Instructor, Counselor and Volunteer.
  • The camp day runs 8:45am – 3:30pm, and the staff commitment is 8:15am – 4:15pm.
  • Each day is full and active! You can see a sample daily schedule on our website for more details.

on-site staff structure

We build staff teams to work at each camp location. Our small group here at CJ HQ conducts the interviews and hires the staff team for each location. Once summer starts, the On-Site Director becomes the leader for each team, and we support our teams through the Director.

• On-Site Director leads the staff and oversees all aspects of their location-specific camp.
• Instructors teach a specific class (or classes) and are in the lead role in the classroom.
• Counselors assist the Instructor. The Instructor-Counselor pair is key.
• Volunteers and CITs are placed at some, but not all, locations, and help in a variety of ways.

training & time commitment at camp

  • Training – We hold two days of on-site training on the Wednesday and Thursday before the first week of camp at each location. The director oversees the training. Staff are compensated for training.
  • Camp Dates – Camp runs for 3 to 6 weekly sessions, Monday – Friday, dates vary by location.
  • Camp Hours – 9-3:30 for campers, 8:15am – 4:15pm for staff (plus a little flexibility… it’s camp!)

instructor responsibilities & expectations

  • Lead a class size of 8 to 12 girls, with the assistance of a Counselor or CIT, for a full day program
  • Be fully familiar with the CJ curriculum prior to camp, and prepare examples of all projects
  • Work with the rest of the staff to create and build a supportive and fun environment for the girls
  • Key Skills – punctuality, preparedness, classroom management, creativity, energy, and fun!

Curious Jane provides all curriculum a month prior to camp, and we provide all the supplies for these project plans *however* the invitation and expectation is that instructors bring their own ideas, interests and experiences to the class. Curious Jane is great because of the staff! Young girls have a chance to be around smart, engaged women who share their interests, encourage them, and show them new things.

qualifications & compensation

  • College degree or higher
  • Experience teaching and working with children; in a school, camp or other educational setting
  • Experience in the project-area or subject-area that you will be instructing for us
  • Strong communication skills and openness to collaboration at all levels
  • $800 – $950 per week, based on previous years with Curious Jane and previous teaching experience. We also take into consideration credits towards or completion of a Master Degree.
  • Co-Instructor positions are occasionally created for staff who may some experience but are not quite ready for a lead position. The compensation for this position is $700 – $800 per week.
  • $600 – $800 per week, based on previous years with Curious Jane and previous teaching experience. We also take into consideration credits towards or completion of a Master Degree.

more of the story

 We’re a small group, based in Brooklyn, full of color, and passionate about what we do!

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We attract talented, exceptional young women to lead our programs. Think you might be a good fit?