Junior Nature Camp Leader
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
Have fun this summer as you actively enrich the lives of children through hands-on nature activities, games and crafts! Explore our extensive trail system and the diversity of life found in our upland forest, meadows, red maple swamp, and vernal pools with small groups of campers. Our age groups are Chickadees (5-7), Naturalists (7-9), Explorers (9-11), and Adventurers (11-13).
Your role is two-fold - first as a junior counselor who supervises the campers’ health and safety, promotes positive youth development, and plays games and second as an instructor who connects children to nature through direct experience activities. We provide you with goals and activities for each weekly session. You will work with other staff to create additional age-appropriate lessons, games and crafts. Training includes nature study elements as well as teaching techniques. To discover more about our Nature Camp program check out our website, Blue Hills Camp!
Duties & Responsibilities
- Have fun;
- As a Junior Counselor you will work with a more senior staff to create an engaging series of activities and hikes for a group of 8-12 campers depending on the age group;
- Provide and create a safe environment for your camper's emotional and physical safety;
- Teach at least 1 natural history session each week around the theme of the week;
- Create activities, including art projects for the group;
- 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.
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 must be 16 or 17 years of age and have experience working with and enjoy being with children;
- Ability to help lead groups over rough terrain;
- Have effective communication skills;
- Current certification in CPR and first aid is required (training opportunities are provided);
- Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record (MMR, tetanus, etc.) and complete the camp’s health form and waiver.
Nice to Have’s:
- Should have the ability to design and implement nature-based activities including games and crafts;
- Preferred applicants will have a good amount of outdoor experience through a camp or organization like Scouts;
- Ability to speak a second language;
- Preference is given to applicants who have done a Mass Audubon LIT or CIT program.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $14.50-$14.75 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
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 19, 2022.
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
If you have questions about this position, please contact the Camp Director, Laney Marcotte, 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.
- What is your realistic availability from June 6 through September 3, 2022? What time off will you need, end of school, family vacations, etc.
- What is something you are passionate about?
- If you had a tennis ball, a bandana, a bird feather, and a stick what is a game or activity you could create to play with a group of 8-10 campers? You pick the age.
- What might set you apart from all the other people who are applying for a position here?
- What is an environmental topic that you are interested in teaching about?
- What would you want to be known for at camp? A song? An activity? What would staff and campers remember you for?
- What do you do to connect with Nature?
- What would you do to make camp memorable for the campers?
Please email your resume and cover letter to: