Camp Lead Counselor
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
Join our team of enthusiastic staff to teach campers ages 4.5-12 about the nature and wildlife of Massachusetts. Lead Counselors will: provide guidance, instruction and supervision for other counselors and for campers in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations; Work with our Camp Director and camp team to ensure that age appropriate lessons and hands-on activities are planned, prepared, and conducted; and lead explorations, stories, crafts, nature games and activities such as forest exploration, insect studies and ponding. Programs focus on nature, ecological research, community service, and teambuilding activities. Some camp session activities may include overnight campouts and off-site field trips.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/oakknollcamp to find Oak Knoll’s camp brochure and learn more.
Position is scheduled beginning the week of June 13 through August 19.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Take an active lead role to ensure that the camp's program meets educational goals and ACA standards;
- Work with Camp Director and camp team to plan, develop, and teach a variety of outdoor and hands-on activities, games, crafts and songs;
- Co-lead campers, ages 4.5 through 12 in exploring fields, forests and marsh, and hiking trails in small groups;
- Supervise camper health and safety, proactively communicate with parents and staff, and provide leadership for campers and teen counselors in training;
- Participate in mandated camp training and utilize learning including: natural history, communication, group management and teaching techniques specific to our camp;.
- Assume additional related duties as requested
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:
- Must be at least 20 years old;
- Have at least two seasons experience supervising children;
- Must enjoy being with children and convey that enthusiasm;
- Ideal candidates are patient, friendly, adaptable, and have experience creating an inclusive environment for people of all abilities and backgrounds;
- Have the ability to lead walks on rough terrain, and develop and implement nature-based games, crafts, explorations and activities;
- Have excellent written and verbal communication with adults
- Current certification in Child and Adult CPR and Basic First Aid required;
- Helpful to have earned or be studying toward a degree in education, psychology, environmental education or life/earth sciences, or have equivalent work experience.
Compensation & Benefits
Hourly salary starting at $15.50/hr, based on experience and position requirements. Paid training is provided. 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.
Mandatory training begins June 13, all new staff are required to attend this training. Counselors must be available Monday - Friday, June 27 through August 19, 8am - 4pm. 40 hours per week.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
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
Send cover letter, resume, and three references to: