Leadership Counselor - Wildwood

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

Leadership Counselors live and work directly with 14-17 year-old program participants to offer positive and meaningful and curriculum and experiences to teens. The Wildwood Environmental Leadership program focuses on developing teens to become strong conservation voices and leaders in their homes and communities. 


  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of all campers
    • Ensure teens basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day
    • Supervise teens effectively during cabin, meal, program and transition times
    • Clearly communicate expectations
    • Set appropriate limits and boundaries with teens
    • Manage teen behavior in a positive manner according to training
    • Follow emergency procedures according to training
  • Facilitate all aspects of cabin life and teens social and personal development
    • Ensure the teens are a positive, inclusive group
    • Make sure the cabin stays tidy and is cleaned up at least once daily
    • Schedule and facilitate orderly showers at least every other day
    • Focus on your teens during meals and facilitate Dining Hall duties
    • Lead effective and engaging nightly debriefs
    • Be available for campers during Unit Duty as scheduled
  • Contribute to the development of a positive, supportive camp community
    • Lead spontaneous activities during unstructured times
    • Show positive tone and patience when communicating with teens
    • Support teens with homesickness and other difficulties with caring and compassion
    • Act as a positive role model for campers, teens and fellow staff members
  • Lead high-quality activities that contribute to teens leadership development
    • Assist the ELP Director with planning both first-year and second-year ELP programs
    • Facilitate recreational opportunities and relaxing times for teens
    • Facilitate high-quality workshops on group, personal and leadership skills
    • Help lead a multi-day trip focusing on community and leadership practice
  • Act as a full participant in the Wildwood community
  • Act as a positive role model for campers and staff
  • Abide by all Wildwood and Mass Audubon policies and procedures
  • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
  • Maintain positive, professional relationships with co-workers
  • All Wildwood staff will be required to help work in the kitchen at least 2 days over the summer
  • Wildwood staff will keep a positive attitude and remain flexible
  • Accept the challenge to remain at camp for the entirety of the season
  • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
  • Attend all meals except during time off
  • Complete evening security duties as assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Applicants must have experience working with teens, preferably in an outdoor setting and an interest in facilitating an environmental leadership development program. The leadership counselor must be 20+ years old, hold current First Aid and CPR certifications and a valid driver’s license. Must possess a love of nature that can be articulated to participants, and basic level of environmental literacy. Additional compensation available for Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard certifications.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the LIT Facilitator to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk.  Often the LIT Facilitator is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs.  An LIT Facilitator is required to apply advanced manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination to perform tasks such as such as tying specialized knots and operating ropes-course safety equipment.  Work will be done in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, sun and rain.

 Work Environment         

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely, work is performed within a typical outdoor setting with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary paid biweekly, comprehensive training, housing and meals for the duration of employment, and other benefits. In addition to the monetary benefits, working at camp provides staff the opportunity to improve communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking. Summer camp is a fast-paced environment where all staff use problem solving skills multiple times a day.

Compensation starting at $3,960 DOE for the season.

Additional Comments

Staff training begins the first week of June and camp is over on Monday August 30th 2021. End date may be flexible upon request, however start date is not flexible for quarantine purposes.

How to Apply

Email Cover Letter, resume and completed Mass Audubon Application to 

Cheryl Oliveira
Job# 3343

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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