Unit Camp Leader
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
Unit Leaders supervise a large group of campers and provide support and mentorship to a small group of counselors. Unit Leaders strive to provide a safe and positive camp environment and also teach a variety of activities.
Duties & Responsibilities
Essential Job Functions:
- Deliver high-quality program activities
- Facilitate high-quality NG’s DG’s, OAT’s activities and EP’s as scheduled
- Plan and lead one “Unit Night” evening program per session
- Arrive on time and fully prepared to lead all scheduled activities
- Generate excitement for programs through personal enthusiasm and skits
- Making topics engaging, fun and educational for participants
- Support and mentor Cabin Counselors
- Ensure counselors are meeting expectations and abiding by policies
- Provide one-on-one feedback to counselors at least once weekly
- Along with an administrator, deliver a mid-season evaluation for each counselor
- Assist counselors in conflict resolution
- Be available regularly to listen to and address counselor concerns
- Organize and oversee all aspects of daily cabin life
- Ensure counselors are looking after camper needs appropriately
- Take responsibility for camper safety and follow emergency procedures as needed
- Lead creative Wake-Ups and Morning Circles
- Oversee quality cabin clean-ups and orderly showers during morning Unit Time
- Ensure Siestas and Cabin Chats are led appropriately by counselors
- Supervise counselor and camper behavior and duties during meals
- Facilitate timely and complete Kitchen Party (KP) duties as scheduled
- Substitute as a Cabin Counselor whenever a counselor is on time off
- Lead all aspects of the off-site overnight camping trips
- Contribute to the development of a positive, supportive camp community
- Lead spontaneous activities during unstructured times
- Set appropriate limits and boundaries with campers and counselors
- Show positive tone and patience when communicating with campers and counselors
- Manage camper and counselor behavior in a positive manner according to training
- Act as a positive role model for campers and fellow staff members
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:
- Applicants must have experience working with groups of children and an interest in teaching about the natural environment
- Unit Leaders must be at least 21 years of age, hold current First Aid and CPR certifications and be willing to live full-time in a residential camp setting
- Prior management experience and valid driver’s license preferred
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary for a Unit leaders is starting at $500 a week; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
This is a full time summer position.
The duration of this assignment is for 12 weeks, start date is early June and end date is August 28, 2022.
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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