Day Camp 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
Explore, question, connect is the motto of Habitat Nature Camp where we spend the summer helping campers develop a kinship with the natural world and each other. This position, which works with age 5, is considered a ‘Pathfinders Instructor.’ Pathfinders staff co-teach nature activities for 14 campers, age 5 that focus on gaining comfort in the outdoors and learning about common animals found on the sanctuary and in their own backyard.
For more information about our program, check out our camp brochure!
Duties & Responsibilities
- Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, fellow staff, and self and identify safety issues related to camp program
- Work with peers to develop and teach natural history lesson plans and prepare materials as needed
- Supervise camp groups in all types of indoor and outdoor environments (forest, field, pond)
- Lead songs, games and activities for campers
- Have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain;
- Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily camp cleaning tasks
- Assume additional related duties as requested
- Appropriately address and communicate with campers and families
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:
- Be at least 20 years of age with at least two years’ experience working with pre-school age children
- Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver
- Must enjoy working with children/youth, be able to work both cooperatively and independently, be flexible and responsible
- Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain
- Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity
- Must have community CPR/First Aid certifications current through August 2022 or willing to obtain before June (we will offer a class)
- We encourage applicants with a diversity of interests and work experience to apply. Interest or studies in environmental science, education, psychology, biology, agriculture, food justice, or related fields are helpful
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $14.50 - $15.50; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Position runs for 11 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8:15 am-4:15 pm
Training (paid): June 13-24
Summer camp: June 27-August 26
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 email cover letter and resume, list of three references and Mass Audubon Employment application (can be found on the Mass Audubon job page) to: