Senior Camp Counselor/Environmental Educator

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Mass Audubon

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Boston, MA, United States

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8 days ago

Location: * Mattapan, MA*
Sanctuary: * Boston Nature Center*
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

About This Position
Senior Camp Counselor/Environmental Educator – Camp BNC – Farm Trekkers
The Boston Nature Center Day Camp is filled with singing, playing outside, acting silly and lots more. We are looking for staff members that are excited about working with children and are excited about connecting them with nature. BNC Camp staff and families are diverse in ethnicity, socio-economics, gender, abilities, and more. Camp is equitable and inclusive for families through a variety of strategies including sliding scale fees, accessible programing, and community-focused atmosphere.
Farm Trekkers – This program will run as six one-week sessions with our 9-13 year-old campers. This program is a partnership between Boston Nature Center and Drumlin Farm. Each week the program will bring together 10 Boston-area and 10 Lincoln-area children for a camp experience focused around food and farming. While knowledge of farm education, environmental studies, biology, education or related fields is greatly appreciated we encourage applicants with a diversity of academic interests to apply.
Environmental Leadership Teen Program (ELT) – During each session, BNC educators will guide teens as they develop their individual leadership and community-building skills as well as support them as they develop their own style and voice. The goal of our Environmental Leadership Teen (ELT) program is to equip and encourage teens to be effective environmental advocates, learn about civic action and be conservation leaders in their homes and communities.
Join our team of staff who enjoy learning and working together in a beautiful urban wildlife sanctuary!

Duties & Responsibilities
The Senior Camp Counselor will lead the Farm Trekkers Program and assist when needed with the Environmental Leadership Teen Program (ELT).
The Senior Camp counselor is expected to supervise campers’ health and safety, promote positive youth development, teach farm and nature-based activities and communicate with staff and supervisors.
Staff will be responsible for planning, and preparing daily lessons that include age-appropriate nature lessons games and crafts.

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:
Must Have’s:

  • Applicants should be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have experience working with children;
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities;
  • Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain;
  • Applicants must have CPR/First aid certification or willing to obtain (training will be available).

Nice to Have’s:

  • Environmental Education experience and/or past camp experience are very helpful;
  • While knowledge of farm education, environmental studies, biology, education or related fields is greatly appreciated we encourage applicants with a diversity of academic interests to apply;
  • Have experience working at a camp in a leadership role;
  • Have a love of nature, a sense of fun, and an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $16.50 - $18.50; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

  • *Work Schedule:

40 hours a week with additional hours as needed.
Admin Training – June 6-10
Training - June 20-24
Optional Training - Field School at Wildwood Overnight Camp in Rindge New Hampshire - June (TBD)
Camp Sessions - Monday – Friday, June 27 – September 2
Greater Boston residents are strongly encouraged to apply. Every inquiry will be treated confidentially
Other Requirements:
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations
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.

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
Please send resume and cover letter to:

Kim Baker – Education Coordinator II / Camp Director

Job# 3651

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $16.50 - $18.50 per hour