Environmental Teen Leader Instructor

Location: Sharon, MA
Sanctuary: Moose Hill

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

This is a unique program here at Moose Hill for our older campers ages 13-16. You will have a group of up to 10 campers with whom you will explore Moose Hill and Environmental Topics with. This program will have daily experiences with exploring the lesser seen parts of the property, group development activities, Climate change information, nature connection, and a reflection period. This program is designed to allow the participants and staff to really get the opportunity to learn about environmental issues here in Massachusetts and to get to know the Moose Hill property. This program will challenge you as a staff member, and give you skills to help guide the participants to a deeper understanding of issues around climate change and environmental justice and how to connect with the land. The Environmental Teen Leader program alternates with the Nature Adventure Program and you will help the Nature Adventure Camp staff run that program and they will help you run the Environmental Teen Leader program.

Training includes nature study as well as teaching techniques. To discover more about our Environmental Teen Leaders and Nature Adventure Camp programs check out our website, Moose Hill Camp!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Attend Mass Audubon’s Camp Field School, if schedule allows;
  • Create a community with a small group of teens and inspire curiosity;
  • Co-Lead with the Nature Adventure Camp staff; you would lead the Environmental Teen Leader’s program, and co-lead with the Nature Adventure Camp instructor;
  • Keep the group safe in terms of emotional and physical risks;
  • Be part of the daily camp community and participate in the staff meetings;
  • Be willing to use first aid and CPR skills when necessary according to the camp’s standing medical orders;
  • Participate in all game activities like opening and closing circle, all camp games, and clean up and organizing at the end of the day;
  • Work with the staff community to create a productive communication process;
  • Help create a community of curiosity and nature reconnection;
  • Have the physical ability to walk over unimproved terrain and to assist campers in an emergency;
  • Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and varying weather conditions;
  • Communicate with campers, parents, and the staff team in an age-appropriate manner;
  • Maintain composure under stressful situations and a long work day.

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:

  • Applicants must be at least 20 years of age;
  • Have experience working with and enjoy being with and teaching teens;
  • Have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain;
  • 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);
  • Experience in teaching about environmental issues.   

Nice to Have’s:

  • Preferred applicants have backpacking, camping and outdoor experience;
  • Preferred applicants are studying or have a degree in a life science, education, or outdoor recreation;
  • Ability to speak a second language;
  • Experience in climate activism. 

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16.00-$17.00 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm, 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 26 with an option to work until September 2, 2022.

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

If you have questions about this position, please contact the Director, Shawn Moriarty, 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.

  1. What is your realistic availability from June 6 through August 28, 2022? What time off will you need, family vacations, etc.
  2. What is something you are passionate about?
  3. What are some of the experience you have in working with and mentoring teens?
  4. What might set you apart from all the other people who are applying for a position here?
  5. What is an environmental topic that you are interested in teaching about?
  6. What are your personal nature connection practices or routines?
  7. What environmental topic do you want to learn more about?
  8. What aspect of Climate Change do you think we can have the biggest impact on in our daily life?

Please email your resume and cover letter to:

Shawn Moriarty
Job# 3589