Environmental Educator, Day Camp Counselor

Location: Springfield, MA

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

Mass Audubon is looking for creative, passionate, energetic, and organized environmental educators to lead summer camp programs in Springfield. Springfield Nature Camp at Forest Park is a new day camp serving children from Forest Middle Park School & Springfield Realization Academy in the Forest Park neighborhood. We are seeking caring, committed, and enthusiastic educators to lead campers in a summer full of nature exploration and discovery. Camp Counselor/Environmental Educators work as a team to prepare and teach summer environmental education programs in Forest Park, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and other natural areas in the greater Springfield area.

Duties & Responsibilities

 

  • Work as part of the education team to plan and lead Springfield Nature Camp at Forest Park;
  • Plan and lead nature/environmental learning activities for middle school campers; 
  • Help campers explore forests, fields, streams, and ponds at Forest Park, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Conte Wildlife Refuge, and other natural areas around Springfield;
  • Supervise and ensure health and safety of all campers and staff as top priority;
  • Maintain communication with parents and other staff;  
  • Spend up to 7 hours per day outdoors with participants during all kinds of weather;
  • Be available for full 8-9-week summer program, including approximately 2 weeks of paid training and preparation;
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.

Qualifications

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 Have’s:

  • At least 18 years old with experience working with children;
  • Love of nature and being outdoors;
  • Outstanding communication skills, able to work/learn in team setting with flexibility and sense of humor;
  • Experience with and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. 

Nice to Have’s:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English;
  • Background in environmental science, education, and/or the arts;
  • Knowledge of local natural history and conservation; preference will go to those who actively pursue their curiosity about the natural world;
  • Certification in CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, or Lifeguarding/Watercraft Safety highly desirable; 
  • Experience with restorative justice practices and positive behavior management;
  • Education and/or training in life, earth, or environmental sciences, environmental education, nature interpretation, K-12 education, or equivalent;
  • Experience leading urban environmental education programs for children or any equivalent combination of education and related experience;
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.

 

Compensation & Benefits

This is a temporary, seasonal, hourly, non-benefited position. Pay rate is $17-18 per hour; commensurate with skills and experience. There is good potential for some summer staff to continue with additional environmental education work during the school year. 

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 
June 14 – August 19, 2022
8am to 4pm - Monday to Friday

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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. 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 letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to:

Dale Abrams, Education Manager
Job# 3732