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Lead Camp Counselor

North Shore Nature programs is seeking individuals interested in helping us provide an experiential nature-based summer experience for our campers! We offer a fun, warm, accepting, and energetic workplace, and a commitment to providing you with the training and support you need to succeed and grow in your position (and career)!

LEAD COUNSELOR – Job Description:
The Lead Counselor position is a full-time (40hr/wk) seasonal position. As Lead Counselor, you will work with a collaborative team to plan and lead daily activities for campers ranging in age from 6-14 years old at a nature-based summer program. These programs emphasize exploration, group cooperation, nature study, and experiential learning. Activities could include: short hikes, fishing, shelter building, inclusive games, art, and nature crafting. Lead counselors will be confident in their interactions with children, as well as parents, and will be eager to share their joy of nature with all program participants. Lead counselors will work in conjunction with the Program Director and Assistant Counselors to provide a safe and optimal experience for all children under their supervision.
Our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don’t believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or have a less traditional background.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Lead a group of up to 12 campers on daily hikes to visit forest and wetland habitats.
• Design and implement daily age-appropriate, nature-based lessons and activities in
conjunction with a team of counselors.
• Ensure the health, safety, and emotional well-being of campers.
• Assist in daily clean-up of the camp.

Required Qualifications:
• Must be at least 18 years old.
• Enthusiasm, creativity, and caring personality.
• Comfort working outside in all types of summer weather.
• Ability to work cooperatively and independently.

Desired Qualifications:
• Completed high school or GED; working towards a B.A. or B.S. in education or life
sciences and/or equivalent work experience is preferred.
• Experience working with children preferred.
• A basic knowledge of local ecosystems and ability to identify common animals found
in the woods and water of Massachusetts is preferred (NSNP will provide training
prior to summer sessions beginning).
• American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification (if not currently certified, NSNP can
help find a class and will pay the full cost).

Skills/Experience You Will Gain:
• Learn effective behavior management techniques for children (and adults!)
• Learn about local ecosystems and the plants and animals that make them home.
• Develop interpersonal skills through collaborative work and interactions with
campers and parents.
• Learn effective and engaging activities that can be used with children in a variety of
• A commitment from NSNP to assist you in your career/schooling in any way we can
during the non-summer months!

Monday – Friday; 8am-4pm

Training Days: June 20-23
Camp Weeks:
June 26-June 30
July 3-7 (no camp on July 4) July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31 – August 4
August 7-11
August 14-18

$17-19/hr based on experience. No benefits are available.

To Apply:
Email cover letter, resume, and three references to Andrew Prazar: andrew@northshorenatureprograms.com

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