Seasonal Camp Supervisor

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Baltimore, MD, 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:
A community hub of the National Audubon Society and one of three centers of Audubon Mid-Atlantic, Patterson Park Audubon Center is located in southeast Baltimore City, in a historic but modernized row home, across the street from Patterson Park. The Center works to engage participants in bird conservation, through environmental education, action projects, advocacy, and community revitalization.

Patterson Park Audubon Center’s focus is on Baltimore’s birds and communities, though its activities are not limited to the city. We strive for a community-centered approach to our neighborhood revitalization efforts and co-creation of leadership initiatives, such as our youth and Latinx leadership programs. Our work is always evolving, growing, and forward-looking. We seek to be thoughtful partners, working closely with local schools, community leaders, and regional organizations to achieve shared success for Baltimore’s birds and communities.

The programs are outdoor-based, hands-on experiences that include:
  • Environmental education, bird conservation, and community revitalization;
  • Education in an outdoor setting and that correlate with academic curriculum standards;
  • Engagement and stewardship opportunities that address conservation needs;
  • Community projects that serve neighborhood goals while also meeting Audubon’s mission to protect birds and the places they need;
  • Opportunities for Audubon to engage people from diverse backgrounds in conservation action at the local level;
  • Efforts to restore Baltimore’s bird habitat through action and advocacy; and
  • Our team’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in our work, internally and externally.
Activities led by the Center’s team include:
  • Conservation education programs for elementary school groups
  • Green Leaders, a middle school leadership program
  • Bird Ambassadors, a Latinx adult leadership program
  • Neighborhood beautification projects such as bird-friendly garden installations
  • Habitat Team, volunteer stewardship of bird-friendly gardens
  • Community programming for children and adults – birdwatching, gardening workshops, and more – to foster future conservation stewards
**To be considered for this opportunity, please provide a cover letter with your application.**
Essential Functions:
  • Work with Education Manager to train and supervise four SUN Camp Assistants during each week of camp, and step in as a counselor if they are absent.
  • Prepare materials and guide instruction to create a fun and safe environment so elementary school-aged campers can explore, discover, and play in Patterson Park. Evaluate and enhance curriculum content, materials, and procedures based on interest, group dynamic, and weather.
  • Help SUN Camp Assistants lead groups of approximately 10 campers in engaging, hands-on environmental activities, including stewardship projects, nature-themed games, both structured and unstructured nature play, and possibly an off-site field trip.
  • Ensure equity among both in-person and remote campers (as needed) by creating short videos and assembling kits of materials. These will also serve as a back-up plan in the case of inclement weather on camp day, or a COVID exposure necessitating virtual learning.
  • Serve as the liaison between Audubon and camp partners on logistical matters including scheduling, changes of plans, signing of waivers, and COVID precautions and sanitation.
  • Help train and supervise any summer camp volunteers.
  • Maintain accurate records of program participation.
  • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • At least two years’ experience working with elementary school children in an educational or informal setting preferred. Two years experience may be achieved by combining time from multiple positions or roles (example: multiple summer or school year teaching experiences, coaching, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum/activities based around a given theme.
  • Enjoys working with children from diverse backgrounds ranging in age from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
  • Basic knowledge of Chesapeake Bay ecology and Baltimore City ecology.
  • Basic knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors including plants, insects, birds, and aquatic organisms.
  • Demonstrated group management skills and ability to supervise others.
  • Demonstrated adherence to CDC and Audubon guidelines as they relate to limiting and eliminating the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccination is required.
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, organized, responsible, patient.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills, sound judgment under pressure.
  • Ability to work as a team and also with minimal supervision.
  • Professional and friendly manner.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Physical Requirements:
  • Position may involve moderate hiking, wading in water, fishing, handling live animals, equipment maintenance, the ability to lift 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities.
  • Camp supervisor will start the week of June 20, and orientation for counselors will take place the week of June 27. SUN Camp Supervisor must be available June 20 – August 12, which includes orientation, camp sessions, and wrap-up/exit interviews. Camp schedule will be finalized with camp partners in May/June. Hours outside camp days are more flexible, but not to exceed 25 hours/week.
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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COVID Policy:
All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.