Unit Counselor - Wildwood

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

Unit counselors live and work directly with campers and strive to provide a safe and positive environment in which campers grow both personally and socially and explore the natural environment. Counselors also teach a variety of nature activities, arts and crafts, games and songs.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of campers
    • Ensure campers’ basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day
    • Supervise campers effectively during cabin, meal, program and transition times
    • Clearly communicate expectations
    • Set appropriate limits and boundaries with campers
    • Manage camper behavior in a positive manner according to training
    • Follow emergency procedures according to training 
  • Facilitate all aspects of cabin life and campers’ social and personal development
    • Lead and/or participate in creative Wake Ups and Morning Circles
    • Ensure campers leave the unit appropriately prepared for the weather and activities
    • Facilitate quality cabin clean-ups and orderly showers during morning Unit Time
    • Focus on your campers during meals and facilitate Dining Hall duties
    • Facilitate a quiet, restful cabin environment during daily Siesta
    • Lead effective and engaging nightly Cabin Chats
    • Be available for campers during Unit Duty as scheduled 
  • Contribute to the development of a positive, supportive camp community
    • Lead spontaneous activities during unstructured times
    • Show positive tone and patience when communicating with campers
    • Support campers with homesickness with caring and compassion
    • Act as a positive role model for campers and fellow staff members 
  • Deliver high-quality program activities
    • Facilitate high-quality NGs, DGs, OATs activities and EPs as scheduled
    • 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
  • 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

Qualifications

Applicants must have a strong desire to work with children in an outdoor setting and an interest in teaching and learning about the natural environment. Counselors must be at least 19 years old or have graduated High School on or before 2020, hold current First Aid and CPR certifications and be willing to live full-time in a residential camp setting.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the Unit Counselor 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 Unit Counselor is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs.  A Unit Counselor is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination to manipulate outdoor equipment and perform camp activities. 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 $3,090 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# 3348

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