Environmental Educators / Day Camp Counselors (Felix Neck)

Location: Vineyard Haven, MA
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

Teach campers ages 4 -16 about the nature and wildlife of Martha’s Vineyard. Provide guidance, instruction and supervision of campers in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations. Work with our team to plan, prepare and conduct age appropriate lessons and hands-on activities. Lead explorations, stories, crafts, nature games and activities such as seashore exploration, insect studies and ponding. Programs focus on nature, ecological research, community service, and teambuilding activities. Some camp session activities may include kayaking, overnight campouts, and off-site field trips.

Responsibilities

  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, fellow staff, and self
  • Work with peers to develop and teach nature camp lesson plans and prepare materials as needed
  • Lead songs and games for campers
  • Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily Sanctuary cleaning tasks
  • Assume additional related duties as requested

Essential Functions

  • Visually identify safety issues related to camp operation
  • Monitor camp groups in all types of indoor and outdoor environments (forest, field, pond, shore) and look and listen for key safety concerns and alerts
  • Navigate, run, and play on trails, and easily access all areas of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary by foot
  • Appropriately address and communicate with campers and families

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 24, 2019
  • Have experience and enjoy working with children
  • Have a strong interest in natural science, wildlife, and/or outdoor education
  • Show ability to design and implement nature-based lessons including games and crafts
  • Have certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current through August 2019 or willingness to obtain before June 10, 2019
  • Lifeguard certification is necessary for two of the positions available.
  • Have experience leading youth groups independently and be organized and self-motivated
  • Candidates must be flexible and creative
  • 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 
  • Successfully complete pre-camp training including Field School
  • Be available June 10 – August 30, 2019 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm or
  • A shorter position is available between June 10 – August 30, 2019 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.
  • As temporary seasonal employees, staff are paid for only the scheduled hours worked, and may be asked to take unpaid leave depending on camp enrollment
  • Favorable completion of both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI & SORI) according to Mass Audubon’s guidelines is required for employment. A private firm will perform out-of-state resident background checks

Compensation and Benefits

$13.00-$14.00/hour based on qualifications 

Additional Comments

 Essential Functions (Applicants must be able to):

  • Visually identify safety issues related to camp operation
  • Monitor camp groups in all types of indoor and outdoor environments (forest, field, pond, shore) and look and listen for key safety concerns and alerts
  • Navigate, run, and play on trails, and easily access all areas of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary by foot
  • Appropriately address and communicate with campers and families

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Josey Kirkland, Education Coordinator & Day Camp Director
508-627-4850

Fern & Feather Day Camp - Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

P.O. Box 494   

Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Fax: 508-627-6052

Job# 2918

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