Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor

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Seattle, WA, 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 will share responsibilities in delivering our nature-themed summer camps. The Seward Audubon Center summer camps have a great reputation and have been very popular. As a result, many campers are either returning campers or are siblings of previous campers. Two counselors will administer the day-to-day camp operations for a group of 16 children. The Center is offering seven weeks of camps for children ages 6-9. Nature education is the overall theme for our camps. The camp curriculum and activities have been developed specifically for our camp, so the co-leads are not required to develop new material. Our camp programs are completely outdoors, and our location provides many opportunities for hikes and swimming.

Summer Nature Day Camp begins on June 27 and ends on August 26. There will be no summer camp for the work week beginning July 25. The daily work hours are 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. There will be training period before camp begins. The training dates will be scheduled to accommodate new hires and trainers.

Essential Functions:
  • Assist in developing and implementing seven weeks of ecology/nature-based curriculum.
  • Lead a group of up to 16 children for day-long sessions.
  • Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment.
  • Resolve conflicts and student needs in a caring and positive manner.
  • Ensure participants 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.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Knowledge of or interest in local ecology and natural history.
  • Ability to teach natural history concepts, as well as the desire to work outdoors and lead hikes.
  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • 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.
  • Previous experience as a lifeguard or swimming instructor is a plus.
  • Must have current immunizations/medical forms.
  • CPR and First Aid certification is a plus.
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