Physics Camp Apprentice Instructor

Design Connect Create

Do you love teaching physics? Do you want to help us change the world by inspiring and empowering girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? If so, then join our team!

Every summer, Design Connect Create offers immersive, hands–on day camps for female students. In 2019 we will offer 10 two-week camps for girls who have not yet taken physics, but plan to take their first physics course this coming fall. Students who participate form a deep understanding of fascinating concepts and build confidence to advance and be successful in science. Learn more about the camps here

Opportunities are in the following locations: 

  • Austin, Texas, 6/17/2019 – 6/28/2019
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, 6/3/2019 – 6/14/2019
  • Dallas, Texas, 6/17/2019 – 6/28/2019
  • Mesquite, Texas, 7/8/2019 – 7/19/2019
  • Richardson, Texas, 7/8/2019 – 7/19/2019
  • Richardson, Texas, TBD
  • Duncanville, Texas, TBD 
  • Irving, Texas, TBD

Job Description

DCC Camp Apprentice Instructors are responsible for implementing the core physics program and experiences for participating girls.  The instructor will work with a mentor instructor to provide high-quality, engaging, and equitable educational experiences for participants that focus on the DCC core values. They will also be responsible for the general safety development, growth, and skill achievement of  participants. As an Apprentice Instructor, your primary responsibilities include: 

Essential Responsibilities:


  • Attend training for all summer camp staff prior to your camp.
  • Help set up for the camp. This may include supporting the transport of materials from one location to another. Date and time to be determined — usually Thursday, Friday or Saturday beforehand.
  • Join prep meeting with lead instructor and teaching assistant(s). The goal of this meeting is to review the camp agenda, content, equipment, procedures, and protocols. This meeting can be after the set-up or the week prior.


  • Coordinate with lead instructor to facilitate lessons, activities, and demos according to the DCC curriculum.
  • Instructional style: Prompt for learning & understanding (don’t just give answers); encourage reflection; reinforce STEM content and connections; connect STEM concepts to real life applications/careers; circulate during labs to ask and answer questions.
  • Ensure that the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter. Delegate chores amongst staff and students to daily maintain the cleanliness of the facilities.
  • Engage and mentor students using a growth mindset, teaching from an asset-based perspective. An asset perspective is when students’ cultural differences are seen as beneficial to the learning environment, as opposed to a deficit perspective, where cultural differences are perceived as detrimental to the learning environment.
  • Assist TA’s in maintaining accurate program records including daily attendance, tracking of electronic devices, and lab equipment.
  • Ensure TA’s implement the social media strategy, including the photo list.
  • Work with TA’s to track inventory of camp equipment, keeping items organized and documented.
  • Work with TA’s to repack camp equipment in the correct bins for transport to the next camp. May be asked to drive and unload at the next camp.
  • Assist TA’s in keeping track of participant dietary restrictions and allergies and ensure proper snacks/meals are distributed to each participant.
  • Arrive no later than 8:30 AM each day. Camp starts at 9 and ends at 3. Normally, you should be able to leave no later than 3:30.
  • Ensure TAs meet speakers at main office and escort to lunch (11:30am) or meeting room (12:15pm), as needed.
  • Mediate any conflicts that may arise between participants, and report any notable concerns or incidents to a Director.
  • Know, understand, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines and emergency procedures associated with the camp program.
  • Identify and respond to participant behavior issues, asking for support where needed. Recognize the power that implicit bias can play in how we perceive and respond to behavioral issues. Before disciplining, seek first to understand, ensuring that we create and maintain an environment where students feel safe, and feel they belong.
  • Before leaving, work with mentor instructor to prep for next day’s lessons, labs, and activities. 
  • Minimize personal phone/computer usage during camp, and monitor TA’s usage as well.
  • Coordinate the completion of camp surveys and evaluations.


  • Complete an online staff evaluation.
  • Participate in a conference call or meeting with Directors to debrief and give feedback.
  • If necessary, submit any receipts for reimbursement.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching high school physics. 
  • Ability to commute to camp location. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Documented professional development history in educational equity, specifically as it relates to gender and STEM.
  • We want to provide the best role models for our participants, so we encourage women to apply. 

Employee Pay:

  • Apprentice Instructors will earn $2000, and upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, have the opportunity to be considered as a lead instructor for the following summer at a higher pay rate. 
  • Federal employment taxes including income taxes (based on your W-4), Social Security tax and Medicare tax will be deducted from direct deposit payments.

How to Apply:

  • Please prepare a cover letter to Dr. Meagan Pollock, resume/cv, and list of three references with contact information.
  • In your letter, please let us know what interests you in the job, why you think you’d be great at it, and which camps you are available for – see dates/locations here.
  • Applications accepted until all positions are filled. 

DCC Apprentice Instructor

Equal Employment Opportunity:

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer – and celebrate our employees’ differences, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or Veteran status.