Naturalist - Wildwood

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

Wildwood Naturalists focus on planning and leading programs that focus very strongly on natural history. Each week the Naturalist is responsible for running Nature Groups on a natural history topic as well as several Discovery Groups. This person works closely with other Naturalist Program Leaders and the Lead Naturalist. Naturalists assist the Program Manager in maintaining Wildwood’s gardens and Nature Center program supplies.

Responsibilities

  • Lead Wildwood’s nature-based programming
    • Consult with the Program Coordinator to ensure all needed supplies are available
    • Have a strong knowledge of the natural history of New England.
    • Work with other Naturalists to develop high-quality nature-rich camp programs.
    • Develop and lead creative nature-based activities that are engaging for campers. Generate excitement for nature programs through personal enthusiasm.
    • Serve as a resource for natural history to other Wildwood staff.
    • Teach a wide variety of nature-related program content to campers, staff and families.
    • Lead drop-in nature programs during camper arrival and departure times.
  • Lead the Naturalist program along with a co-leader
    • Lead the Nature Group activities daily
    • Lead nature-based DGs on a regular basis
    • Encourage the development of campers’ interest in nature and the outdoors
    • Create a strong rapport with the campers involved with this program
    • Present the program to the camp community in an engaging manner
    • Collaborate closely with other Naturalists to ensure a smooth, positive program
  • The team of naturalists will maintain all aspects of Wildwood’s gardening program
    • Oversee the planting, care, and harvest of plants in existing garden spaces.
    • Work with the Wildwood Director and/or Program Coordinator to consider additional garden locations.
    • Generate enthusiasm for the garden programs with creative garden themes and activities.
    • Ensure that all members of the Wildwood community (campers, teens, and staff) actively engage with the gardens at some point while at camp.
    • Oversee composting and waste management practices to ensure proper use and disposal of food and other waste at camp.
    • Coordinate with the kitchen to incorporate produce harvested from the gardens into camp meals.
  • Be a contributing member of Wildwood’s seasonal management team
    • Help train and mentor instructors on incorporating sustainability into other programs.
    • Assist in emergency and missing camper procedures.
    • Act as a positive role model for all campers and staff.
  • 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
    • Provide overnight camper coverage when needed.

Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants should have experience in teaching nature-based programs and/or environmental education. Applicant must have a strong knowledge of the natural history of New England and good organizational skills. Applicant should hold or be willing to obtain First Aid and CPR certifications prior to the start of the camp season.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the Naturalist Program Leader 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 Naturalist Program Leader is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs. Often, this position requires the Naturalist Program Leader to walk in water, handle live insect, frog and reptile specimens and operate canoes and kayaks.  A Naturalist Program Leader is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination to use ponding and butterfly nets. 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 $3,500  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# 3345

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