Overnight Trip Leader

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Mass Audubon

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Worcester, MA, United States

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2 days ago

Location: Worcester, MA

Sanctuary: Broad Meadow Brook

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 160,000 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.

About This Position

Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp is seeking an individual to foster experiential nature-based learning for campers. We aim to promote positive youth development, stewardship for the environment, and a respectful and inclusive safe space for all our campers.

There is an overnight component associated with this position and this individual is expected to be responsible for campers for the duration of the trip.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead a small group of children by exploring fields, forests, wetlands, streams, and hiking trails
  • Develop, plan, and implement age-appropriate nature-based lessons and daily activities for children
  • Ensure health and safety of all children in group
  • Treat all campers with compassion
  • Act as a role model to both campers and colleagues
  • Assist in cleanup/organization at the end of each day
  • Assume co-responsibility for campers on offsite day and overnight trips
  • Communicate with the Camp Director while offsite to communicate any issues
  • Drive Mass Audubon vehicles on off-site day trips and camping trips
  • Sleep in a tent and be responsible for campers while on an overnight camping experience


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:

Required qualifications as per Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) regulations, American Camp Association standards and Mass Audubon Policy:

  • Must be 21+
  • Valid driver license, 3 years of driving experience, and willingness to drive a 12-passenger Mass Audubon van
  • Have 4+ weeks experience working with children (including, but not limited to: babysitting: volunteer or otherwise, and experience with younger siblings)
  • Must hold current First Aid and CPR certifications OR be willing to obtain them before the start of the summer
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by MA DPH; complete camp health form and waiver
  • Participate in mandated, paid camp training and utilize learning including: natural history, communication, group management, health and safety, and teaching techniques
  • Experience teaching nature-based activities in a camp environment
  • Be willing to manage a group outdoors for a minimum of eight hours a day in most weather conditions
  • Physically access sanctuary terrain easily by foot
  • Ability to effectively interact with others, especially children, in camp’s youth-centered environment
  • Ability to adapt to changes in schedule and work assignment
  • Experience teaching nature-based activities in a camp environment
  • Have experience working with pre-teens and teens

Desired Qualifications

  • Have strong interest or related education experience in Environmental Studies, Biology, Conservation, Education, or related field
  • Familiarity with regional natural history, wildlife conservation, or other applicable natural history topics
  • Certifications in Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguarding

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $18.28-$20.50/hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. This is not a benefits eligible position.

Perks of Working at Mass Audubon:

  • Free First Aid/CPR training class offered to staff in June
  • “Pro- Deal” discounts on outdoor clothing, equipment and more
  • Network with Mass Audubon staff (Conservation, Education, Climate Science, etc.)
  • Training in Natural History & Classroom Management

Additional Information

Work Schedule:

Staff Training: June 5-16, 2023
July 10-14, 2023 (includes 2 overnights) and/or August 14-18, 2023 (day trips)
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm

All Mass Audubon Camp Staff undergo mandatory training prior to interacting with campers. Training includes: Natural History, Lesson Planning, Behavior Management, Games, and so much more. If you have a strong desire to work with campers in an outdoor environment, and are interested in learning how to teach and effectively lead groups, please apply.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

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 apply on ADP Workforce Now at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=6044bc19-19e6-443a-8a51-62fe8af33798&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=451657&lang=en_US&source=EN.

Lisa Carlin

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