Day Camp Counselors

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

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 enjoy being outdoors for the summer? Do you like both nature and working with children? Here is the perfect summer job!

Arcadia Nature Day Camp is looking for staff to teach campers age 5-16 through nature hikes, games, and crafts at a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Staff will work with either Hummingbird Campers, ages 5-6 or Kingfisher Campers, ages 7-8, or assist with Photography, or Environmental Leader Campers ages 12-16. Staff will be responsible for working closely with one other counselor to develop and implement daily natural history themes and activities. Staff will work with the larger camp staff for all camp activities and to meet Mass Audubon‘s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations including all Covid-19 policies.

Programs focus on developing a child’s natural sense of curiosity and fostering a sense of place within our camp community. Our goal is for children to have fun while gaining respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work as a team with others
  • Abide by all Covid-19 safety policies including wearing a mask and social distancing
  • Plan, and conduct appropriate and engaging age appropriate natural history lessons for each camp day
  • Eat lunch and snack with campers and oversee and morning and after lunch games
  • Participate in daily meetings/planning sessions with other camp staff and communicate to the day camp director any conflicts, questions, concerns, or parent comments
  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, interacting appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately modeling behavior and using positive behavior management techniques, providing first aid and CPR when necessary, and writing up injury reports
  • Read through health concerns of campers and be aware of each child’s health condition(s), and review the release forms of campers  making sure campers are released only to the appropriate adult
  • Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily Sanctuary cleaning tasks
  • Assume additional related duties as requested

Qualifications

  • Have at least three years experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have a strong interest in natural science, wildlife, botany
  • Have certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current through September 2022 or willingness to use and obtain before the start of camp
  • Candidates must be flexible and creative
  • Classroom teaching and or environmental education experience helpful
  • 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
  • As temporary seasonal employees, staff members are paid for only the scheduled hours worked, and may be asked to take unpaid leave depending on camp enrollment

Compensation & Benefits

$15.50 hour, 40 hours per week. Housing is not available.

This is a non-benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Schedule:
June 20-August 26, 2022

Training week: June 20-27, 2022 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Camp Sessions:
June 27-August 26, 2022 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30 pm (some flexibility will be allowed for those unable to work the last week of camp)

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.

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

To apply, please email or send your resume, cover letter and names and contact of three references to:

Patti Steinman, Education Coordinator III
Job# 3544