Summer Camp Counselor

Summer Camp Counselor 2022 Job Description

Get outside this Summer with our Summer Camp! If you enjoy working with children, being outside, and playing in nature, the Hitchcock Center would love to have you work with our educators! This job is perfect for young professionals looking to gain experience in outdoor education, or current educators looking for fun employment over the summer break.

The Summer Camp Counselor will aid in supervising and effectively leading a group of campers in daily camp activities. Summer Camp Counselors will provide a safe and nurturing environment for all campers and be actively involved and have a positive attitude about all camp activities. Camp is planned to be entirely outdoors, unless CDC guidance changes dramatically. Summer camp is 40 hours a week, from June 15 through August 12, 2022, including a 56 hour training from June 15 – June 24th. – No work on June 20th (Juneteenth) or July 4th)

Duties and Responsibilities:
Co-lead groups of up to 15 children ages 6-10 in classroom, outdoor and field trip settings.
Plan and teach dynamic lessons with themes of natural history, natural systems, physical science, sustainability, and related topics.
Promote a positive and healthy environment for all campers.
Be aware of health, safety, well-being and location of campers at all times.
Report major health problems to Camp Director. Supervise taking medication when appropriate.
Be an active participant in all camp activities.
Provide leadership and support to other Counselors, Junior Counselors and CITs.
Ensure camp program areas are kept safe and clean.
Conduct self professionally and warmly with staff, camp families, and the general public.
Ability to respond appropriately to emergencies and situations requiring first aid.
Be sensitive to campers’ personalities, differences and needs.
Set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean up and preparation, sportsmanship, and attitude.
Be fully versed and knowledgeable in all camp policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Drive 15-person van for field trips.

Knowledge, Skills, and Requirements:
Current CPR and First Aid certifications required.
Pass Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information background check.
Documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot.
Working knowledge of New England natural history preferred.
Clean driving record.
Demonstrated ability to develop activities, plan, organize and carry out daily programs.
Ability to work independently and with a co-counselor.
Excellent communication skills and a friendly manner.
Passion and curiosity about the natural world.
Able to accept supervision and guidance.
Maintains enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.
Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Education and Experience:
At least one year working with and supervising a group of children.
Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental education or working toward related field.
Be at least 18 years old or completed high school.

Compensation: $15-$16.00/hour depending on experience

The Hitchcock Center is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in who we are and whom we serve: our staff, board and supporters and the people, groups and partners with whom we work.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional reference contacts to Jeff Mazur

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment aspires to create and sustain an organization-wide culture that prioritizes  diversity, equity, and inclusion and sees them as essential to our organization’s mission and continued excellence. Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, program design and delivery, volunteer recruitment and staff hires, stewardship and development, and continual education, the board and staff are working to build a more representative, equitable, and inclusive Center. Learn more…

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