Thank you for your interest in our Counselor In Training program. CITs will learn firsthand what it takes to be a summer camp counselor. Under the guidance of our Conservancy Education staff you will develop new skills, practice leadership and gain work experience as a team with adult staff and college interns.  Spaces are limited for this program.  An application must be submitted and an interview must take place prior to receiving notification of acceptance or denial for the CIT program.

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Qualifications of a Counselor-In-Training (CIT):
•    Must be at least 16 years of age, be in good health and have completed the 10th grade.
•    Applicants must currently be enrolled in school, or a 2018 graduate.
•    Applicants should have experience as a camper or interest/experience working with children.

Frequntly asked questions

What is the schedule like?
CITs will work Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How long is my commitment?
Commitment to at least one full week of camp is required. CITs can commit to a maximum of 3 weeks.

Can I get community service hours for being a CIT?
Yes, CIT hours worked are volunteer hours.  Check with your school or service club for rules regarding the number and type of volunteer hours you can receive.  Each CIT receives a file with documentation of their hours.

Am I paid for being a CIT?
No, CITs are volunteers.

What sort of training do CITs receive?
Every CIT accepted for the Summer Camp program must attend a Conservancy Orientation and CIT training.  Applicants receive a training manual and learn from experienced staff details in safety, basic work skills, arts and crafts and sports, and policies and procedures. 

What are the benefits of being a CIT?
As a Counselor in Training, you will gain valuable work experience while earning volunteer hours. You will learn much about Florida’s land, water and wildlife, and partake in a FUN and unforgettable experience for kids! 

What is the deadline for application?
CIT’s must submit their applications and arrange for an interview no later than June 4, 2019

For additional information or answers to your questions: Contact Kevin Sandel at 239.262.0304 x248 or email

Cit job description

Counselors-in-Training (CIT) assist in the delivery of the summer camp program and in the execution of camp logistics such as registration; drop-off, pick-up and equipment set up and take down. In addition, CITs work with the Naturalist/Counselor to organize and conduct classes, assist in executing lesson plans, and lead groups in selected activities. The CIT works with the Naturalist/Counselor and Summer Camp Intern.

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Primary responsibilities

  • Assist Counselors in teaching lessons, activities and games to campers.
  • Provide support for Counselors during instructional process.
  • Promote enthusiasm and an encouraging atmosphere for campers.
  • Provide general supervision and promote safe participation in programs.
  • Greet campers daily and assist with check-in and organization.
  • Assist in the organization of the lunch break and the lunch time activity for camp.
  • Assist with the monitoring and tracking of attendance during activities and the lunch break.
  • Assist Counselors while traveling to/from, and while on field trips.
  • Help maintain a safe environment during Before and After Care.
  • Develop personal leadership and presentation skills, with the expectation of fully leading at least one craft and activity by the end of the week.


  • Set a positive example for campers.
  • Maintain appropriate behavior around participants at all times.
  • Dress in appropriate attire:
    • Camp T-shirt must be worn every day with Khaki shorts (if your fingertips touch skin when the arms are held straight at the sides, then the clothing item is too short and should not be worn). Khaki pants may be worn instead of shorts.
    • Safe footwear shall be worn at all times (sneakers).  No flip-flops or open-toed shoes.
  • Sign-In and Sign-Out on the CIT timesheet to record work hours. Submit signed timesheets to Naturalist on or before the end of the week of each camp.
  • Perform miscellaneous tasks as requested by Summer Camp staff.

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