Summer Camp Counselor

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Audubon, PA, United States

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30+ days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:
The summer camp counselor co-lead will share responsibilities in delivering our new nature-themed summer camps. Two co-leads, along with volunteers, interns, and FT staff, will administer the day-to-day camp operations for up to 35 children. The Center is offering six weeks of camps for children ages 6-12. Nature education is the overall theme for camp curriculum and activities. Co-leads are expected to help streamline the camp experience and develop new material as needed. Our camp programs are both indoors and outdoors, and our location provides many opportunities for hiking and canoeing.

Summer Nature Day Camp begins on June 26 and ends on August 4. The daily work hours will consist of two shifts to be shared by co-leads, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM, and 9:30 AM through 5:30 PM, Monday to Friday. There will be a two-week training period before camp begins. The training dates and times will be scheduled to accommodate new hires and trainers.

$17.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
  • Assist in developing and implementing six weeks of ecology/nature-based curriculum.
  • Lead a group of up to 20 or 15 children, depending on the camp, for day-long sessions.
  • Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment.
  • Resolve conflicts and camper needs in a caring and positive manner.
  • Ensure campers are safe and operating in areas that are free of hazards.
  • Set-up and clean-up of camp materials and equipment.
  • Supervise campers and organize enrichment activities.
  • Keep track of supplies and materials, and address needs that may arise.
  • Supervision/guidance of interns and volunteers assisting with the camps.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental or life sciences is preferred, or the equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, local ecology and natural history.
  • Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary. Ability to teach natural history concepts, as well as the desire to work outdoors and lead hikes.
  • Experience working with children preferred, initiating group activities, working independently, using conflict resolution.
  • Strong oral communication skills, especially when speaking with camp parents and/or guardians.
  • Ability to work well as part of our team.
  • Must be able to commit to the entire period of work.
  • Willing to work outdoors in varying terrains and weather conditions for extended periods of time with or without accommodation.
  • Canoeing experience preferred.
  • Valid state driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle required OR proficient with public transportation.
  • Must have current immunizations/medical forms; CPR and First Aid certification a plus.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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