Nature and Farm Educator / Day Camp Counselor
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
About this Position (Position Summary, a brief description of the site and role):
Drumlin Farm Camp is full of outdoor exploration, farmyard activities, teambuilding, games, and much more. We are looking for staff to teach campers about farming, nature and wildlife of Massachusetts. You’ll work with other educators to supervise campers, create a welcoming, fun atmosphere, and plan and teach nature and farm-based activities.
Join a positive, welcoming staff community in a beautiful place to share your love of nature with children and youth! Campers are ages 4-17 and are divided into small groups by age to participate in one or two-week sessions.
Greater Boston and Worcester residents are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Co-lead small groups of campers in exploring the farm, fields, forests and pond, and hiking trails, and assist with delivering hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts.
- Supervise camper health and safety, pro-actively communicate with caregivers and staff, and provide leadership for campers and teen Counselors-in-Training.
- Participate in mandated, paid camp training and utilize learning including: natural history, communication, group management, health and safety, and teaching techniques
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:
- Must be at least 18 years old with at least two years’ experience supervising children
- Must enjoy working with children/youth, be able to work both cooperatively and independently, be flexible and responsible
- Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain
- Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity
- Must have community CPR/First Aid certifications current through August 2022 or willing to obtain before June (we will offer a class).
Nice to Have’s:
- We encourage applicants with a diversity of interests and work experience to apply. Interest or studies in environmental science, education, psychology, biology, agriculture, food justice, or related fields are helpful.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base compensation range is $14.50 – 17.50 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
By working at camp, you can develop lifelong friendships, and hone leadership, teaching, and risk management skills as you change kids’ lives every day by caring for and guiding future stewards of the planet. Plus perks including:
- First Aid / CPR training – free class offered to staff in June
- Mass Audubon membership & reciprocity with New England museums and centers
- American Camping Association (ACA) membership & Pro-deal on Chaco footwear
- Network with Mass Audubon staff (conservation, education, climate science, sustainable agriculture, etc.)
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Training (paid): June 6–17, 2022 Camp: June 20 – August 19, 2022 (additional dates available)
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
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