Seasonal Educator/Summer Camp Counselor

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Deadline to Apply:

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 11:30pm

Organization: 

Address:

Sharon, CT
United States

Job Category:

Internship

Job Type:

Full-time

Other

Overview:

Essential Functions:

Spring:

Assisting with and teaching various education programs both on-site and as outreach for groups such as school students, scouts, general public, etc., while following all Audubon, OEC, and CDC guidelines, as described below.
Assisting with greeting visitors, helping with purchases in the Nature Store, and other aspects of running a nature center.
Working on writing summer camp curriculum, preparing materials needed for lessons, creating craft templates, and general preparation for the summer camp season.

Summer:

Setting up and cleaning up each day’s camp activities, planning and executing each weeklong camp session for their individual small group of campers, including teaching discovery hikes, pond explorations, live animal programs, nature crafts and games. 
Special attention is to be taken for following all Audubon, OEC and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety, including mandating proper distancing between campers and staff, mask-wearing, not sharing materials, keeping groups separated, cleaning and disinfecting, etc. (COVID protocols subject to change before the position starts.) Counselors must keep good communication with the Camp Director and/or Director of First Aid to report bathroom usage (for cleaning purposes,) possible sick campers, etc. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, materials, tables and chairs and other items used during the day will be expected at the end of each camp day. Counselors will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the buildings, and while on the Audubon grounds when proper distancing is not feasible.  Camp will be primarily outdoors, with the exception of thunderstorms or other potentially dangerous hazards. All camp staff may be required to complete and pass a COVID-19 health questionnaire, as well as other related COVID-19 requirements, such as a temperature check, each day before the start of camp, and may be asked to receive a COVID -19 test a few times throughout the summer.  Counselors showing/feeling any signs of COVID-19, will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 and remain home until results are received. If there are any campers and/or counselors who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms during camp, they will be required to be tested and their small group cohort will need to quarantine for the recommended amount of time. Summer camp staff will work as needed based on any restrictions required as a result of COVID-19 requirements.
Helping with other aspects of a nature center, such as contacting camp parents by phone or email, photocopying, or more.
Use of basic office equipment may be used such as a photocopier, fax machine, telephones, digital camera and simple outdoor recreational equipment, such as pond nets, compasses, etc.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental or life sciences is preferred. 
  • Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary, and environmental education experience preferred.
  • Must be confident in leading a group and initiating activities, working independently, and aware of COVID-19 guidelines and SAC safety procedures and the ability to enforce those safety precautions.
  • Strong work ethic, natural history background, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and with children.
  • Counselors must show respect for others of all ages, race, gender, etc., as well as respect for nature and the outdoors
  • Enthusiastic about working, even in unfavorable weather conditions, pleasant, reliable and able to carry out simple assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a ride to and from the Audubon Center each day for work.
  • Must have the ability to walk all major trails of the Sharon Audubon Center and on uneven terrain
  • Be able to run, sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time. 
  • Able to work outdoors in the heat of summer, while wearing a mask.
  • Must be willing to have temperature checks performed each day and receive COVID-19 testing, possibly several times throughout the summer, if requested.

How to Apply:

All applications must be done online at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4924/seasonal-educator-%26-summer-camp-counselor/job  (no mailed or emailed resumes accepted.) Please provide a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references.