Nature Day Camp Assistant Director

Location: Easthampton, MA
Sanctuary: Arcadia

Do you enjoy being outdoors for the summer? Do you like both nature and working with children?  Do you have administrative experience? This could be the perfect summer job for you!

Arcadia Nature Day Camp  provides a camp experience for children ages 5-16 through nature hikes, games, and crafts at a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Campers are grouped as Hummingbird Campers, ages 5-6;  Kingfisher Campers, ages 7-8; or Great Blue Heron Campers, ages 9-12. Two weeks of Nature Photography Camp are offered for older campers, ages 10-16. Each group will have 10 children and two counselors.

Arcadia Nature Day Camp is looking for an assistant to the Camp Director.

The Assistant Director will assist in administrative tasks such as reviewing health forms, sending out weekly emails and evaluations to parents, as well as daily health attestations. The Assistant Director will serve as  camp director, in  the Camp Directors’ absence, as well as  on-site health care supervisor along with the Camp Director. The Assistant Director will be a substitute for counselors, teaching the different age groups when needed. The Assistant Director will assist staff in developing age related natural history activities for campers ages 5-16.  

The Assistant Director will work with the larger camp staff to help plan for all camp activities and to meet Mass Audubon‘s educational goals, American Camp Association standards, and the state’s health and safety regulations, including all Covid-19 guidelines. Staff must wear face masks and socially distance unless given different directives by the Department of Public Health.

Programs focus on developing a child’s natural sense of curiosity and fostering a sense of place within our camp community. Our goal is for children to have fun while gaining respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Responsibilities

Essential Functions (Applicants must be able to):

  • Work closely and as a team with others;
  • Abide by all Covid-19 safety policies;
  • Work closely with the camp director in ensuring a fun, safe environment for all;
  • Serve as camp director in Camp Director’s absence;
  • Serve as onsite health care supervisor, along with camp director;
  • Review campers’ heath records;
  • Help staff plan and conduct appropriate and engaging age-appropriate natural history lessons for each camp day;
  • Substitute as teacher as required;
  • Participate in daily meetings/planning sessions with other camp staff and communicate to the day camp director any conflicts, questions, concerns, or parent comments;
  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of campers, interacting appropriately with campers in a variety of situations, appropriately modeling behavior and using positive behavior management techniques, providing first aid and CPR when necessary, and writing up injury reports;
  • Read through health concerns of campers and be aware of each child’s health condition(s), and review the release forms of campers  making sure campers are released only to the appropriate adult;
  • Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily Sanctuary cleaning tasks;
  • Assume additional related duties as requested. 

Qualifications

  • Have at least three years’ experience in environmental education or classroom teaching and enjoy working with children;
  • Have at least one year administrative experience;
  • Have certifications in community CPR (child and adult levels) and basic first aid current through September 2021 or willingness to use and obtain before the start of camp;
  • Candidates must be flexible and creative;
  • Classroom teaching and or environmental education experience helpful;
  • Pass both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI & SORI) background records checks;
  • 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;
  • As temporary seasonal employees, staff members are paid for only the scheduled hours worked, and may be asked to take unpaid leave depending on camp enrollment.

Compensation and Benefits

$17.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.

Housing is not available.

Additional Comments

Schedule:

June 21-25 , training week

Camp Sessions: June 28-September 3 for 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm (some flexibility will be allowed for those unable to work the last week of camp)

How to Apply

Please email or send your resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references to:

Patti Steinman

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

127 Combs Road

Easthampton, MA 01027

Job# 3317

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