Counselor In Training Coordinator
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
The Counselor In Training (CIT) program is for campers who are ages 14-16 years old. As the coordinator of this program you will have a group of up to 8-10 campers with whom you will explore various aspects of leadership and camp programming. This program is developed for our older campers who still want to be at camp, and want to work towards becoming a camp staff or developing their teaching and leadership skills. Each week you will work with campers to develop their camp knowledge, teaching skills, nature knowledge, and leadership skills. You will lead a variety of teambuilding activities, a leadership survey, and hikes and explorations around the property. The CIT’s will also help develop a few activities each week at camp for the younger campers and help set up all camp games. This program will challenge you as a staff member.
Training includes nature study as well as teaching techniques. To discover more about our CIT program, check out our website,
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work with the weekly camp schedule to integrate the CIT’s into group programs;
- Guide the CIT’s through a leadership learning program;
- Teach natural history;
- Guide the CIT’s through a nature re-connection process;
- Work with the Camp Director and Assistant Director as part of the support team;
- Evaluate each CIT during the week on their progress and provide feedback to them;
- Keep the CIT area clean and organized;
- Teach and guide the CIT’s through creating activities;
- Help the CIT’s set up large camp activities;
- Other activities that arise during the week for the good of the camp community;
- Attend Mass Audubon’s Camp Field School, if schedule allows-during staff training.
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:
- Applicants must be at least 20 years of age;
- Have experience working with and enjoy being with and teaching teens;
- Have the ability to facilitate discussions about leadership, inclusion, community, and teaching;
- Be willing to learn a lot about leadership and group dynamics;
- Must have ability to design and implement nature-based activities including group bonding games;
- Current certification in CPR and first aid is required (training opportunity provided);
- Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record (MMR, tetanus, etc.) and complete the camp’s health form and waiver.
Nice to Have’s:
- Preferred applicants have previous camp experience and outdoor experience;
- Preferred applicants are studying or have a degree in education, or outdoor recreation.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $16.00 - $16.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Monday - Friday 8am-4:45pm, 42-45 hours a week.
June 6 - June 17 is Staff Training and all new staff are expected to attend this training. Camp runs from June 20 - August 19, 2022.
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
If you have questions about this position, please contact the Camp Director, Laney Marcotte, at [email protected] to set up a time to talk before you apply. If you are ready to apply, please include your answers to the following questions in your cover letter.
- What is your realistic availability from June 6 through September 3, 2022? What time off will you need, end of school, family vacations, school starting up in the fall, etc.
- What is something you are passionate about?
- 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.
- What might set you apart from all the other people who are applying for a position here?
- What is an environmental topic that you are interested in teaching about?
- What do you think are important skills or knowledge that Counselors in Training need to develop?
- What do you do to connect with Nature?
- What would be a challenge for you in this position?
Please email your resume and letter of interest to: