Make a difference, gain valuable experience, and spend your summer in beautiful natural settings.


The Howard County Conservancy is a non-profit environmental education center with two locations in Howard County, MD.  Our mission is to educate children and adults about the natural world, preserve the land and its legacy and model responsible stewardship of the environment.  The Conservancy offers full-day nature camps in one week sessions.  Our nature camp encourages children to learn about Howard County’s ecology through hikes, experiments and hands-on exploration.  Our camps are located in Woodstock on our 232-acre nature center and at the Belmont in Elkridge, surrounded by Patapsco Valley State Park.


Ready to join our team?  See our available opportunities:

Environmental Education Intern

We will be hiring one or two part-time Environmental Education Interns to assist with program development and social media for our Summer Nature Camps from June 18 – August 24, 2017.

Gain experience writing lessons, planning programs, communicating and advertising digitally, Junior Staff leadership, and more.  We work with the intern to design useful educational outcomes for the course of the internship.  Training is provided.  Weekly check-ins n personal educational growth will help the intern personalize the internship.  College Credit may be received for this internship.

*Winter, Spring, and Fall Internships are also available.  Dates are flexible.

Download the full position description:  Seasonal Environmental Education Internship 2018

Senior Camp Counselor

Summer Camp Counselors gain the opportunity for personal and professional growth by joining our camp team.  The camp staff team plans, prepares and runs environmental education lessons, as well as planning for free play, arts and outdoor games.  The camp team will meet twice weekly or daily as needed to schedule the camp day and check in on personal and professional goals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend a mandatory week-long professional training (June 18-22).
  • Work with other counselors to plan and schedule camp lessons.
  • Follow approved lesson plans to implement quality activities for campers.
  • Manage day to day safety, wellness and behaviors.
  • Interact with parents and address concerns as needed.
  • Be an upbeat, energetic, focused member of the staff team.

Access the full position description:  Senior Camp Counselor 2018

Junior Staff

Junior Staff members gain leadership skills, practice effective communication, and learn about team building, behavior management, health and safety, and more.  Throughout the summer, Junior Staff members utilize their talents and abilities to make a positive and unforgettable contribution to the campers.  Training is provided.

 Positions Available:

Junior Counselors ages 13-15.  Registration fee $50.00

Assistant Counselors ages 16-18.  Registration fees are waived.

Download the full position description:  Junior Camp Staff

Applications will be available beginning in February 2018.