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Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp Counselors

Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp Counselor 2024

Job Description

Hitchcock Center for the Environment is now hiring summer camp counselors to lead the youngest generation of environmental activists this summer. After seven days of comprehensive training, summer camp counselors will, with the support of two co-directors and a host of year-round educators, build and teach a curriculum about climate change, science and engineering, art, nature, and sense of belonging. The Hitchcock Center is looking for educators with a growth mindset, a passion for the outdoors, and an ability to keep themselves and their campers safe. Summer camp for staff is 40 hours a week, from June 12 through August 9, 2024, including a 56-hour paid training from June 12 - June 21st – No work on June 19th (Juneteenth).

Must-haves

  • At least one year working with and supervising a group of children in a classroom, camp, or equivalent setting.
  • Pass criminal and sex offender background check
  • Be at least 18 years old or have completed high school.
  • Documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Ability to work independently and with a co-counselor.
  • Passion and curiosity about the natural world 
  • Able to communicate, demonstrate a growth mindset, and accept and give feedback 
  • Ability to respond calmly in a crisis and keep yourself and the people around you safe.

Nice-to-Haves

  • Completed or working towards a bachelor’s degree in education, biology, environmental education, or working toward related fields preferred.
  • Working knowledge of New England natural history. 
  • If over 21, a clean driving record and a willingness to drive campers to field trip destinations. 
  • Experience developing and teaching curriculum, particularly in the field of environmental education 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Co-lead groups of up to 15 elementary school-aged children in classroom, outdoor and field trip settings.
  • Plan and teach dynamic lessons
  • with themes of sense of place, physical science, climate change and sustainability, problem solving and related topics.
  • Promote a positive, healthy, and safe environment for all campers and co-workers. 
  • Be an active participant in camp activities.
  • Provide leadership and support to other Counselors, Junior Counselors and CITs.
  • Create a culture of care for people and physical spaces.
  • Have regular conversations with caregivers about campers.
  • Be fully versed and knowledgeable in all camp policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Compensation: up to $17.00/hour depending on experience

The Hitchcock Center is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff and our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. We’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and environmental education. 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 have a less traditional background. 

We are filling the last few open spots on our summer camp team. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2024. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to Jeff Mazur at jeff@hitchcockcenter.org

Schedule:

8-hour shift, Monday to Friday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Hitchcock Center is always looking for interns and volunteers!

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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