Camp Counselor

Location: Topsfield, MA
Sanctuary: Ipswich River

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

Lead nature activities and act as a counselor and mentor in a natural history day camp for children ages 7 to 14 with an emphasis on supervising canoe trips on the Ipswich River. The camp emphasizes group cooperation, nature study, and experiential learning.

Duties & Responsibilities

1.    Participate in and oversee canoe trips.

2.    Prepare, maintain, and inspect canoe trip materials.

3.    Interact with the campers and direct arrival and lunchtime group activities.

4.    Remain and assist with the group assigned for specific times.

5.    Inventory and maintain camp first aid materials.

6.    Assist with setup and cleanup of the program areas.

7.    Coordinate extended day programming.

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: 

1.   At least 21 years of age.

2.   Education: B.A. or B.S. in education or related degree with appropriate work experience. Students studying education who have camp experience will also be considered.

3.   Experience in leading nature activities relating to local environments in a camp setting.

4.   Ability to work cooperatively and independently.

5.   Ability to paddle a canoe and lift canoes on and off of canoe racks.

6.   Current certification in First Aid and CPR.

7.   Certification in Basic Water Rescue and Small Craft Safety-Canoe.

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $15.25 - $15.75; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Staff Training: June 13-17, 2022

Camp Weeks: June 20-August 19, 2022

Other Requirements:

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

 

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 resume and cover letter to:

Scott Santino, Education Manager
Job# 3617