Educator, Summer Camp

Job Locations US-CT-Greenwich
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Outreach/Teaching
ID
2018-3465
City
Greenwich
State/Province
CT

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

 

Position Summary

The Audubon Center in Greenwich opened in 1942 as the National Audubon Society’s first environmental education center in the United States. The 285-acre sanctuary has approximately seven miles of trails that lead to a hardwood forest, old fields, a lake, streams and vernal ponds. Each year, over tens of thousands of adults and children visit Audubon to hike and participate in school, family and adult programs, including citizen science surveys and counts, land stewardship projects, summer camps, lectures and presentations, and natural history and ecology education programs. Ultimately, our programs give people the information they need to make informed decisions about how they interact with nature. Through education, public policy, and science, we hope to build a culture of conservation and environmental stewards for now and in the future.

 

The Greenwich Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT provides the opportunity to work in a day camp setting with children ages 5 to 15. Camp runs for eight weeks and campers spend time exploring the meadows, ponds, and forests at the Audubon Center.  Summer Camp Educators will work with the Camp Director and Audubon Education Specialists to develop lesson plans for assigned grade group (K-1, 2-3, 4-5).  You will conduct daily hikes, crafts, and other activities with a group of up to 15 children, while maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment. Each Head Summer Camp Educator will work with and supervise an Assistant Summer Educator and Volunteer Educator, as assigned by the Camp Director. 

 

This position begins on June 18, 2018, and includes a week of staff training from June 18 to June 22.  Summer Nature Day Camp begins on June 25 and ends on August 17. The daily work hours are 9:30am-3:30pm, Monday to Friday. During the week of August 13, work hours are 3:30pm-9:30pm. Camp will not be held on July 4, 2018.  

 

There will be one overnight camp-out at the Center on Thursday, August 16. Staff are expected to report back to work on Monday, August 20 for classroom clean-up, debriefing, and a closing staff celebration.

Essential Functions

  • Attend a week-long camp training led by Audubon Greenwich’s Education staff
  • Develop and implement seven weeks of ecology/nature-based curriculum
  • Teach a group of up to 15 children for day-long sessions
  • Provide a fun, educational experience for children during camp
  • Maintain the safety and well-being of all camp participants
  • Maintain a respectful and collegial team environment with fellow staff

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School graduate; college coursework in biology, ecology, or related field preferred
  • Knowledge of local ecology and natural history
  • Ability to teach natural history concepts, as well as the desire to work outdoors and lead hikes
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Strong oral communication skills, especially when speaking with camp parents and/or guardians
  • Ability to work well as part of the team
  • Must be able to commit to the entire period of work
  • Must have current immunizations/medical forms; CPR and First Aid certification a plus

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