Assistant Day Camp Counselor

Location: Princeton, MA
Sanctuary: Wachusett Meadow

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 160,000 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

Wachusett Meadow Nature Camp is seeking individuals to foster experiential nature-based learning for campers. We aim to promote positive youth development, stewardship for the environment, and a respectful and inclusive safe space for all our campers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist a lead/senior counselor with the planning and preparation of daily lessons, including age-appropriate nature lessons, games and crafts
  • Model appropriate behavior and use appropriate behavior management techniques at all times
  • Lead songs and games for campers
  • Provide and create a safe environment for camper's emotional and physical safety
  • Teach at least 1 session each week around the theme of the week
  • Participate in all game activities and camp games, including opening and closing circle
  • Assist in cleanup/organization at the end of each day

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Assist a lead/senior counselor with the planning and preparation of daily lessons, including age-appropriate nature lessons, games and crafts
  • Model appropriate behavior and use appropriate behavior management techniques at all times
  • Lead songs and games for campers
  • Provide and create a safe environment for camper's emotional and physical safety
  • Teach at least 1 session each week around the theme of the week
  • Participate in all game activities and camp games, including opening and closing circle
  • Assist in cleanup/organization at the end of each day

Desired Qualifications

  • Have strong interest or related education experience in Environmental Studies, Biology, Conservation, Education, or related field
  • Familiarity with regional natural history, wildlife conservation, or other applicable natural history topics
  • Hold current First Aid and CPR certifications

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.00-$16.50/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This is not a benefits eligible position.

Perks of Working at Mass Audubon:

  • Free First Aid/CPR training class offered to staff in June
  • “Pro- Deal” discounts on outdoor clothing, equipment and more
  • Network with Mass Audubon staff (Conservation, Education, Climate Science, etc.)
  • Training in Natural History & Classroom Management

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

June 5-August 18, 2023
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

All Mass Audubon Camp Staff undergo mandatory training prior to interacting with campers.  Training includes: Natural History, Lesson Planning, Behavior Management, Games, and so much more. If you have a strong desire to work with campers in an outdoor environment, and are interested in learning how to teach and effectively lead groups, please apply.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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.

Elizabeth Broughton
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