Junior Counselor - Camp BNC - Mattapan
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
The Boston Nature Center Day Camp is filled with singing, playing outside, acting silly and lots more. We are looking for staff members that are excited about working with children and are excited about connecting them with nature. BNC Camp staff and families are diverse in ethnicity, socio-economics, gender, abilities, and more. Camp is equitable and inclusive for families through a variety of strategies including sliding scale fees, accessible programing, and community-focused atmosphere. Each day will be filled with hands-on nature activities, games and crafts, exploration of the 67 acre wildlife sanctuary and taking part in the larger camp community through songs, skits and large group games.
Join a staff community that works together to support learning and growth in a dynamic camp setting!
Duties & Responsibilities
- Participate fully in a variety of training opportunities;
- Learn and practice counseling techniques through mentorship with camp educators;
- Participate fully in the Camp BNC community and act as a positive role model for campers and peers;
- Assist staff with counseling, program, and teaching duties as assigned;
- Abide by all Boston Nature Center and Mass Audubon policies and procedures;
- Demonstrate respect for all members of the community;
- Maintain positive, professional relationships with co-workers;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
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:
- Applicants should be at least 16 years of age;
- Have a desire to develop skills related to camp and working with children in the natural environment;
- Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
Nice to Have’s:
- Experience as a Boston Nature Center CIT is preferred, though not required;
- Have childcare experience, and a sense of fun;
- CPR/First aid certification or willing to obtain (training will be available);
- Environmental Education experience and/or past camp experience is very helpful;
- While knowledge of environmental studies, biology, education or related fields is greatly appreciated we encourage applicants with a diversity of academic interests to apply.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $14.25 - $15.25; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
25 hours a week with additional hours as needed.
Training - June 20-24
Camp Sessions - Monday – Friday, June 27 – September 2
Greater Boston residents are strongly encouraged to apply. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially.
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 send resume and cover letter to: