Junior Environmental Educators / Day Camp Counselors

Location: Vineyard Haven, MA
Sanctuary: Felix Neck

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

Assist Environmental Educators/ Day Camp Counselors with guidance, instruction and supervision of campers ages 5 - 14 in accordance with Mass Audubon’s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations. Junior staff will lead games; act as role models, assist in maintaining safety, and help children make friends and feel comfortable outdoors in nature. Junior Day Camp Counselors will have the opportunity to observe different instruction styles and lead activities such as explorations, stories, crafts, nature games, seashore walks, insect studies, and ponding under the supervision of an instructor.

All Mass Audubon staff are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Instructions on how to submit your proof of vaccination status to HR will be provided upon employment.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, fellow staff, and self
  • Prepare materials for activities
  • 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: 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
  • Communicate with campers and their families in an appropriate way

Qualifications

Must Haves:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 20, 2022.
  • Have experience and enjoy working with children and be creative and flexible
  • Have a strong interest in natural science, wildlife and/or outdoor education
  • Show an interest in designing and implementing nature-based activities including games and crafts
  • Have certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current through August 2022 or be willing to obtain before June 20, 2022, lifeguard certification is a plus.
  • 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 
  • Provide the camp with a work permit from their school administrator (obtain once hired)
  • Favorable completion of both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI & SORI) according to the Mass Audubon’s guidelines is necessary for employment.  A private firm will perform out-of-state resident background checks

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary is $15.00 per hour.  

As temporary seasonal employees, staff are paid only for the scheduled hours worked and may be asked to take unpaid leave depending on camp enrollment.

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

Be available June 20 - August 19, 2022 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Potential option for part-time position.

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

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Josey Kirkland, Education Coordinator & Day Camp Director
Job# 3536