2022 Summer Camp Positions

Now currently accepting applications for the 2022 camp season!

 

Woodcock Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

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Summer Camp Counselor

This Camp Counselor position is 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 4-12. Campers are grouped by grade (PreK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th). Two counselors work together with each group of 12 children. Counselors will be responsible for implementing our existing nature and environmental education curriculum, leading animal lessons, coordinating activities, guiding campers, managing group dynamics, and ensuring safety protocols. 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 for a group of 12 campers. 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, safety, and COVID protocols.

  • Assist with behavioral needs of campers.

  • Motivate campers and encourage mutual support and team-building activities. 

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

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

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • Proof of COVID vaccination required.

  • Position contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of first year study preferred, but not required (Early 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.

  • Positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills in working with youth. 

  • 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 creative and flexible.

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

 

Summer Schedule:

Mandatory Staff Training: June 13-17
Camp Dates: Week of June 20-24 through August 15-19

Counselors work Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Counselors must be available and commit to ALL dates. It is not possible to take vacation days or weeks off.

Compensation: $14.50-$15.50 per hour. 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

  • Contact info for 2 references

Applicants who do not provide all of the documents listed above will not be considered.

 

Counselor in Training

The role of a CIT is to assist the summer camp counselors in providing a safe and fun camp experience. Hours range from 8:45-1:30 or 9:15-3:30 depending on the age group they are working with. There is a fee for all CIT's of $150 to cover training expenses. This is an unpaid position. Applicants must be enthusiastic about camp, enjoy working with children, animals, and the natural environment.

Responsibilities

  • Interact with campers and assist Counselors with supervision of group.

  • Help facilitate activities, games, crafts, songs, stories, hikes.

  • Assist with camp preparation and clean-up

  • Serve as a positive role model for the campers.

Qualifications

  • Must be 14-17 years old 

  • Must have experience working with children (babysitting, tutoring, etc). 

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

  • Must commit to at least one full week (Monday-Friday) of camp and be able to attend a mandatory training prior to the start of camp.

  • Must commit to one of our mandatory training sessions. Failure to attend a training will result in no longer having the ability to be a CIT during our summer camp season.

 

To apply

Applicants should email the following to Jennifer Bradshaw, at jbradshaw@woodcocknaturecenter.org

  • Letter of interest

  • Resume

Woodcock Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

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