Camp Lead Counselor
Rindge, NH, United States
30+ days ago
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 www.massaudubon.org.
About This Position
Camp Lead Counselor for the Environmental Leadership Program live and work directly with 15-17-year-old program participants to offer positive and meaningful and curriculum and experiences to teens. The Wildwood Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) focuses on developing teens to become strong conservation voices and leaders in their homes and communities.
What is the ELP Program: Nature needs the next generation of environmental leaders to be ready. The goal of our Environmental Leadership Program is to equip and encourage teens to be effective environmental advocates and conservation leaders in their homes and communities. Each teen will be given opportunities to practice leadership—through teaching, service, outdoor adventure, and more—among their peers and younger campers. Each group of participants will also focus on an environmental or conservation topic and how they can apply their leadership skills to make a positive impact on the world.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Ensure physical and emotional safety of all campers
- Ensure teens basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day,
- Supervise teens effectively during cabin, meal, program and transition times,
- Clearly communicate expectations,
- Set appropriate limits and boundaries with teens,
- Manage teen behavior in a positive manner according to training,
- Follow emergency procedures according to training.
- Facilitate all aspects of cabin life and teens social and personal development
- Ensure the teens are a positive, inclusive group,
- Make sure the cabin stays tidy and is cleaned up at least once daily,
- Schedule and facilitate orderly showers at least every other day,
- Focus on your teens during meals and facilitate Dining Hall duties,
- Lead effective and engaging nightly debriefs,
- 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 teens,
- Support teens with homesickness and other difficulties with caring and compassion,
- Act as a positive role model for campers, teens and fellow staff members.
- Lead high-quality activities that contribute to teens leadership development
- Assist the Teen Program Manager with planning both first-year and second-year ELP programs,
- Facilitate recreational opportunities and relaxing times for teens,
- Facilitate high-quality workshops on group, personal and leadership skills,
- Help lead a multi-day trip focusing on community and leadership practice.
- 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.
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:
- At least 21 years of age.
- Experience in leading nature activities relating to local environments in a camp setting.
- Ability to work cooperatively and independently.
- Current certification in First Aid and CPR.
Compensation & Benefits
This position’s base salary range is $450 week, plus room and board. Actual salary will reflect level of experience, certifications and qualifications relative to position requirements.
This is not a benefits eligible position.
Staff training begins June 11th, the ELP Program ends on August 6. Additional weeks of camp working with families are available until August 30.
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.
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. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.
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
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