Ceramics Camp Counselor and Educator
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
Do you want to spend your summer outside, inspiring a love of art and nature in children? Then this is the job for you!
Join the Wild at Art Summer Camp team of committed staff who enjoy working and learning together. The Wild at Art Summer Camp is seeking enthusiastic staff to work full-time with our nature, art, and science camp. Position is scheduled beginning the week of June 20 through August 19, with an optional, but encouraged summer camp and natural history training in June.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work with co-leader and other educators to plan, develop, and teach a variety of inclusive art, nature, and science hands-on activities, games, and art;
- Develop curriculum and lead activities focused on ceramics, including wheel throwing, hand building, and glazing;
- Co-lead campers, ages 4 through 14 in creating art and exploring our wonderful wildlife sanctuary, that includes meadows, vernal pools, forests, and streams;
- Supervise camper health and safety, pro-actively communicate with parents and staff, and provide leadership for campers and counselors in training;
- Supervise campers in before and after camp sessions as needed;
- Training includes natural history, communication, group management, and inclusive teaching techniques.
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 18 years of age;
- Demonstrated experience and general knowledge of art education with a focus on ceramics, wheel throwing, hand building, and kiln management;
- Current certification in Community CPR and Basic First Aid required; we can assist you in finding courses;
- Have experience supervising and enjoy working with children;
- Ideal candidates have experience creating an inclusive environment for people of all abilities;
- Have excellent written and verbal communication with adults;
- Have the ability to lead walks on rough terrain, and develop and implement nature-based games, art making, crafts, explorations and activities;
- Exhibits patience and enthusiasm with children.
Nice to Have’s:
- A plus to have education or experience with natural history and/or art;
- Have an interest and general knowledge of creative arts and/or natural history.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s starting rate is $15.50/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
June 13 - August 19, 2022
Monday-Friday, 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
Please send resume and cover letter to: