2020 Summer Camp Positions

Applications Closed. We are no longer accepting new applications.

More information on the positions below. 

  • Camp Counselors

  • Assistant Camp Director

Summer Camp Counselors

This is an Environmental Education position ideal for college students who love to be outside and who enjoy working with children. We are looking for mature, self-motivated, fun students to work with campers ages 3-12. Campers are grouped by grade (PreK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th). Two counselors work together with each group of children. Each counselor will get a chance to work with each age group during the course of the summer. Counselors will be responsible for implementing our existing nature and environmental education curriculum, leading animal lessons, coordinating activities, guiding campers, and managing group dynamics. Counselors work together in facilitating activities that range from nature arts to shelter building and wetland exploration.

 

Duties for all Camp Counselors:

  • Lead all activities planned for each day. Curriculum and resources are provided and staff will have time to develop these activities during staff training week.

  • Supervise and interact with campers at all times.

  • Provide daily care of each camper and maintain standards of health and safety.

  • Administer basic First Aid (training provided during staff training week)

  • Participate in 1-2 overnight Friday camp-outs.

  • Contribute to set-up, break-down, and cleaning at the start and end of each camp day.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older (exceptions are made to rising High School junior and seniors with experience)

  • Minimum of first year study preferred, but not required (Elementary Education, Physical Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Wildlife Conservation, or related fields.)

  • A sincere desire to teach young students about nature and the environment.

  • Experience leading or working with kids in a formal or informal setting (school, nature center, camp, scouts, babysitting, etc).

  • Enthusiasm for exploring nature with children. Basic knowledge of the natural world is preferred, but not required.

  • Willingness to get dirty and work hard in all weather (including summer heat, humidity, and rain).

  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.

  • Ability to be physically active for most of an 8 hour day.

 

Summer Schedule:

Mandatory Staff Training: June 8-12

Camp Dates: Week of June 15 through August 14

Counselors work Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm plus an additional overnight camp-out.

Counselors must be available and commit to ALL dates. It is not possible to take days or weeks off.

There is no camp the week of June 29-July 3rd. The Nature Center is closed that week. 

Salary commensurate with experience. College credit is available if agreed upon by your school.

To Apply:

Send the following to Sarah Breznen, Camp Director, at sbreznen@woodcocknaturecenter.org

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Names and contact info for 2 references

Assistant Camp Director
The Assistant Camp Director position encompasses all aspects of the camp. They will assist the Camp Director in providing supervision and guidance to Camp Counselors, help plan and oversee activities, and interact regularly with camp staff, campers, and parents. 

Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the Camp Director in overseeing the daily activities, general camp operations and programs to ensure a quality camp.

  • Work with Senior Camp Staff to develop and manage camp curriculum.

  • Provide work direction to the camp staff and play a role in the training of Counselors.

  • Coach counselors on navigating camper challenges and support campers through difficulties (i.e. extreme moments of sadness, mental health concerns, camper-camper/camper-staff conflict) beyond the expertise of counselors.

  • Be a leader in parent communication and address parent concerns in a timely manner. Seek the help of the Camp Director when necessary.

  • Be responsible for knowing, understanding, training, and executing all camp policies and emergency procedures associated with the camp.

  • Oversee two overnight camp outs.

  • Administer basic First Aid.

  • Assist with the various administrative tasks necessary for camp to run efficiently.

  • Set a positive and energizing, yet responsible atmosphere for both campers and staff.

  • Must be available and commit to ALL dates listed below.

 

Qualifications

  • Must be over 21.

  • Previous camp experience is essential as well as leadership experience and exposure to peer management.

  • Previous experience in supervisory or administration of camp or youth programs.

  • Must have strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate thoughtfully and clearly with campers and parents, while helping to inspire and work collaboratively with camp staff. 

  • An eye for detail whilst caring for campers is key as well as having the energy and motivation to make each and every day at camp a memorable one!

  • Must be organized and self-motivated to give direction, perform duties, and develop new program ideas.

  • Current Standard First-Aid and CPR certifications. (Training available upon hire.)

  • Enthusiasm for nature and working with children.

  • Willingness to get dirty and work hard in all weather (including summer heat, humidity, and rain).

  • Ability to be physically active for most of an 8-hour day.

Summer Schedule:

Mandatory Staff Training: June 8-12

Camp Dates: Week of June 15 through August 14

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm plus two additional overnight camp-outs.  

There is no camp the week of June 29-July 3rd. The Nature Center is closed that week. 

Salary: $640-$720 per week ($16-18/hour) 

To Apply:

Send the following to Sarah Breznen, Camp Director, at sbreznen@woodcocknaturecenter.org

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Names and contact info for 2 references

 

Woodcock Nature Center

56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT 06897

P (203) 762-7280

F (203) 834-0062

wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org

Our mission is to connect people to the habitats, plants and animals of Southwestern CT through programs that build awareness, nurture understanding, and advance conservation. 

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