Senior Nature Camp Leader - Blue Hills Camp
Do you want to spend your summer outside, inspiring a love of nature in children? Then this is the job for you!
Have fun as a Senior Nature Camp Leader this summer as you actively enrich the lives of children through hands-on nature activities, games and crafts at the Norman Smith Education Center in the Blue Hills Reservation. Explore our extensive trail system and the diversity of life found in our upland forest, meadows, and hill top ecosystems, with small groups of campers. Our age groups are Chickadees (ages 5-7), Naturalists (ages 7-9), Explorers (ages 9-11), and Adventurers (ages 11-13).
Your role is two-fold—first as a 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 hand-on learning activities. We provide you with goals and some 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!
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age; have experience working with and enjoy being with children;
- Preferred experience of 1-2 years working with Mass Audubon or another summer camp program.
- Ability to lead groups over rough terrain;
- Have strong communication skills;
- Must have the ability to design and implement nature-based activities including games and crafts;
- Preferred applicants are studying or have a degree in a life science (biology, geology, environmental studies, etc.) or education;
- Current certification in CPR and first aid is required (training opportunities are provided);
- Must pass a background records check (CORI and SORI).
- Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record (MMR, tetanus, etc.) and complete the camp’s health form and waiver.
Compensation and Benefits
Rate of Pay: $14.50-$15.50 depending on experience.
Schedule: Training occurs June 7-11 and June 14-18. Camp runs Monday-Friday, June 21- August 20; Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm with occasional hours until 6:00pm
How to Apply
When crafting your cover letter, please answer the following questions.
1) What is your realistic availability from June 1 through September 3rd? What time off will you need, end of school, family vacations, etc.
2) What is something you are passionate about?
3) 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.
4) What might set you apart from all the other people who are applying for a position here?
5) What is an environmental topic that you are interested in teaching about?
6) What would you want to be known for at camp? A song? An activity? What would staff and campers remember you for?
7) What do you do to connect with Nature?
8) What would you do to make camp memorable for the campers?
9) What experience do you have in building communities?
Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to: