Seasonal Educator & Summer Camp Counselor

Job Locations
US-CT-Sharon
Type
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Education/Teaching
ID
2022-4924
City
Sharon
State/Province
CT

Overview

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

 

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

 

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

 

Anticipated dates of employment - 5/23/22 to 8/26/22.

Position Summary

To safely implement Sharon Audubon Center’s Summer Nature Programs for children in K-6th grade.  Each Summer Camp Counselor will be needed approximately 14 weeks over the course of the spring and summer Monday through Friday, for 7-8 hours per day. For the first 4 weeks, counselors may work a Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5 schedule.

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 team 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. At the time of this posting, requirements include mandating proper distancing between campers and staff, mask-wearing, not sharing materials, keeping groups separated, cleaning and disinfecting, etc. 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. Unless current conditions change, 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 or take other precautions recommended by public health authorities. 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 self-guided, and aware of COVID-19 guidelines and SAC safety procedures and the ability to enforce those safety precautions.
  • Excellent 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, move, 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.
  • Must be atleast 16 years old or above to work at location.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

COVID Policy

All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.

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