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Youth Program Coordinator; Ipswich, MA

Coastal education programs at the Crane Estate include youth-group and family education programs, a coastal volunteer program, and SummerQuest day camp. Programs are set at the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, sprawling over 2,100 acres of dunes, barrier beach, tidepools, pine forests, salt marsh, and grassy fields, offering a varied habitats for exploration. Programming is almost entirely outdoors, exploring our expansive coastal environments to allow learners to develop the knowledge and skills to investigate and appreciate the natural world. SummerQuest is a nature-based day camp serving ~400 families per summer, with the mission to get children outside. We employ creativity and curiosity to foster individual development, community, and personal connection to nature while inspiring lifelong confidence in and respect for the environment. We value environmental awareness and stewardship, and strive to instill these values in campers while having lots of fun!

Reporting to the Education Manager, the Youth Programs Coordinator (YPC) manages seasonal camp staff and works alongside part-time and seasonal coastal educators and coastal volunteers. This person serves as the primary administrative and guest communications lead for the coastal education program, with significant support from the Education Manager. The YPC also serves as the Camp Director for the SummerQuest day camp, including leading camp administrative duties, and co-supervising the team of seasonal staff who deliver camp. The YPC also works as a program educator, delivering field- and classroom-based coastal education programs.

In this role, you will:
• Lead SummerQuest camp administration including registration, licensure, and parent communications.
• Serve as the primary Camp Director, managing one and overseeing both campuses of SummerQuest day camp.
• With significant support from the Education Manager, take part in the hiring, supervision, and deployment of seasonal camp staff.
• Administer school, youth, and family program bookings including scheduling, billing, and reporting.
• Serve as a program educator delivering programs to youth and adult audiences.
• Assist with the organization, inventory, maintenance, and upkeep of the physical supplies and equipment used for outdoor education programs.
• With support from the Education Manager, engage volunteers in coastal education programming.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Earned or pursuing, a bachelor’s degree in environmental education, environmental science/studies, ecology, or other relevant course of study strongly desired.
• A minimum of one to three years of experience working as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, informal educator, and/or childcare provider with children ages 4-15.
• Highly computer literate, including comfort working with spreadsheets and database management software on tasks such as registration, scheduling, and billing
• Highly organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience supervising a team of individuals and fostering a supportive environment for growth and collaboration.
• Motivated self-starter, with ability to take initiative and accomplish necessary tasks in a timely manner with great independence, as well as to effectively work as part of a group.
• Willingness to bring passion and enthusiasm to working with young people.

Certifications and Other Requirements:
• Required certifications; training may be obtained after hire but before start of camp season; Trustees may subsidize some or all training costs.
• American Camp Association (ACA) Camp Director
• American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED
• American Red Cross Lifeguard or equivalent

• This is a part-time, year-round position averaging 30 hours per week, including some weekends, evenings, and holidays. This non-exempt position includes full benefits.
• To learn more about these programs, please visit https://thetrustees.org/program/summerquest-at-the-crane-estate-ipswich/ and https://thetrustees.org/program/group-visits-at-crane/
• Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and work outside in variable weather conditions.
• Must be able to lead groups in a variety of outdoor conditions through all seasons, including on dirt and sand trails, across marshland, in and on the water (wading, kayaking, pontoon boat), etc.
• Must be able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.
• Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
• Offers are contingent on a satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI)
• Candidates must be at least 21 years old (as required by MA camp regulations)
• As part of our dedication to an inclusive and diverse workforce, The Trustees are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.
• To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, The Trustees of Reservations requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted.


For a full job description and link to apply, visit The Trustees online job listing.

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