Assistant Camp Director - Moose Hill

Location: Sharon, MA
Sanctuary: Moose Hill

Assist in the management of the camp under the direction of the Camp Director (CD) including daily logistics, organizing weekly activities, taking photos, writing blog posts and/or parent updates, and developing and teaching pre-camp and in-service staff trainings. Provide support, energy, motivation and a fun and friendly family atmosphere to the camp staff. To discover more about our programs, check out our summer camp brochure at Moose Hill Brochure, and discover more about us on our website, Moose Hill Camp!

Responsibilities

  • attend Mass Audubon’s Camp Field School, if schedule allows;
  • assist with development and teaching of pre-camp and in-service trainings at Moose Hill;
  • assist with the direction of the day to day activities of the camp program and with the supervision of the day camp staff;
  • take photos of campers and staff (camera provided or your own) and ensure that other staff are taking photos of campers;
  • upload all camp photos at least twice weekly to smug mug;
  • create a “Best photos of Camp___” computer file;
  • write blog posts about camp at least weekly;
  • participate in staff meetings and planning sessions, and communicate to the CD;
  • address conflicts, questions, concerns, or parent issues/comments as directed by the CD;
  • protect the physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual welfare and safety of campers and camp;
  • ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures during camp programs;
    • model appropriate behavior and use appropriate behavior management techniques at all times;
    • evaluate the success of the program and the development of the campers’ abilities and skills in various program activities;
    • supervise and evaluate counselors to develop and implement all facets of camp program activities
      • regularly monitor work of counselors.
      • provide feedback and guidance to counselors.
      • provide recommendations and concerns to CD regarding counselors’ performance.
  • be willing to use first aid and CPR skills when necessary according to the camp’s standing medical orders;
  • serve as the camp’s health care supervisor in the absence of the camp director;

Qualifications

  • be at least 22 years of age, preferred candidate is 25 or older;
  • have a valid driver’s license, approved driving record, and willingness to drive a 12-passenger van;
  • have a minimum of one season’s experience as a camp counselor or school teacher.  Other child care experience may be considered; 
  • have a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, outdoor recreation, environmental education, education, or other field related to child care/development;
  • have demonstrated ability to work with and communicate effectively with persons of all ages;
  • hold current certification in first aid and CPR during the full period of employment;
  • have demonstrated experience in working with children in a safe and effective manner;
  • have the ability to work cooperatively and independently;
  • have effective communication skills, and effective computer skills;
  • have photography and simple photographic editing skills;
  • exhibit enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, and self-control;
  • The preferred candidate will have supervisory skills and experience working or volunteering at a nature camp, nature center, or outdoor interpretive center.
  • Favorable completion of both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI & SORI) according to Mass Audubon’s guidelines. A private firm will perform background checks on out-of-state residents.
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record (MMR, tetanus, etc.) and complete the camp’s health form and waiver. 
  • Be available to follow the camp schedule, which includes working some extended days.

Compensation and Benefits

Rate of Pay: $17.00 - $18.00 per hour.   

Additional Comments

This position is part of the Leadership and Support staff team.

Essential Functions 

  • have the physical ability to walk over unimproved terrain and to assist campers in an emergency; operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying weather conditions;
  • have the visual and auditory ability to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs, as well as, to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to all camp activities;
  • communicate with campers, parents, and the staff team in an age-appropriate, non-threatening manner;
  • maintain composure under stressful situations and a long work day.

Schedule 

Monday – Friday, 42-45 hours per week. A regular day of 8:15-4:30. 45 hours per week.

Dates: June 1-June 11 is Staff Training and all new staff are expected to attend this training. Camp runs from June 14 - August 27 with an option to work until September 3rd, 2021. 

How to Apply

When crafting your cover letter, please answer the following questions.

1)     What is your realistic availability from June 1 through September 3rd? What time off will you need, end of school, family vacations, etc.

2)     What is something you are passionate about?

3)     If you had a tennis ball, a bandana, a bird feather, and a stick what is a game or activity you could create to play with a group of 8-10 campers. You pick the age.

4)     What might set you apart from all the other people who are applying for a position here?

5)     What is an environmental topic that you are interested in teaching about?

6)     What would you want to be known for at camp? A song? An activity? What would staff and campers remember you for?

7)     What do you do to connect with Nature?

8)     What would you do to make camp memorable for the campers?

Please email your resume and letter of interest to: 

Shawn Moriarty
Job# 3291

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