Jobs at Felix Neck

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Environmental Educators / Day Camp Counselors

Location: Edgartown, MA
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Teach campers ages 5 - 14 about the nature and wildlife of Martha’s Vineyard. Provide guidance, instruction and supervision of campers in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations. Work with our team to plan, prepare and conduct age appropriate lessons and hands-on activities. Lead explorations, stories, crafts, nature games and activities such as seashore exploration, insect studies and ponding. Programs focus on nature, ecological research, community service, and teambuilding activities. Some camp session activities may include kayaking, overnight campouts, and off-site field trips.

All Mass Audubon staff are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Instructions on how to submit your proof of vaccination status to HR will be provided upon employment.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, fellow staff, and self
  • Work with peers to develop and teach nature camp lesson plans and prepare materials as needed
  • Lead songs and games for campers
  • Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily Sanctuary cleaning tasks
  • Assume additional related duties as requested

 Essential Functions (Applicants must be able to):

  • Visually identify safety issues related to camp operation
  • Monitor camp groups in all types of indoor and outdoor environments (forest, field, pond, shore) and look and listen for key safety concerns and alerts
  • Navigate, run, and play on trails, and easily access all areas of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary by foot
  • Appropriately address and communicate with campers and families

Qualifications

Must Have’s:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 20, 2022
  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have a strong interest in natural science, wildlife, and/or outdoor education
  • Show ability to design and implement nature-based lessons including games and crafts
  • Have certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current through August 2022 or willingness to obtain before June 27, 2022
  • Lifeguard certification is highly encouraged for two of the positions available.
  • Have experience leading youth groups independently and be organized and self-motivated
  • Candidates must be flexible and creative
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver 
  • Successfully complete pre-camp training including Field School

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.50 - $17.00 actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

As temporary seasonal employees, staff are paid for only the scheduled hours worked, and may be asked to take unpaid leave depending on camp enrollment

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

  • Be available June 20 – August 19, 2022 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Josey Kirkland, Education Coordinator & Day Camp Director
Job# 3535