Camp Counselor

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The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature, seeks camp counselors for teaching positions at the EcoTarium’s Summer Discovery Camp. Counselors are responsible for daily supervision and instruction of campers aged 5-14.  Topics include but are not limited to: natural and physical science, sensory awareness and group and team building. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment.  A mandatory pre-camp training week runs June 26th-June 30th (9a.m. to 5p.m.). Camp employment involves 3-5 weeks of work between July 3rd and August 11th, 2017. The Camp Director assigns weeks to successful candidates. Candidate availability may affect hiring decisions. Counselors typically work Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday evenings the regular camp day is extended to 5 p.m. and on a rotating schedule, counselors are expected to stay for the Camp Family Pizza Party (until 7p.m.).


  • Must be at least 17 years of age and completed at least 3 years of High School before the start of employment. Previous camp experience is preferred.
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: natural history, physical science, technology, engineering, and/or outdoor skills
  • Ability to inspire a passion for science and nature in campers
  • A love of working with children and parents
  • Work experience teaching and/or working with children; camp experience a plus
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Candidate should enjoy working in a busy camp community, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Ability to plan, initiate and carry out education programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
  • Interest in or experience working with diverse racial/socio-economic populations
  • Ability to maintain safety and discipline in a fun and positive way
  • Able to work in highly sensory and stimulating work environment, constantly interacting with guests, campers, volunteers, and other staff
  • Be in good physical condition to meet the physical demands of the position.  Ability to move program equipment/supplies up to 40 lbs, navigate nature trails under any weather conditions
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver  by the start of training
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid or be willing to take a CPR/First Aid course provided by the EcoTarium
  • Pass CORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

Essential Functions

  • Supervise campers’ safety on a daily basis
  • Lead programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics
  • Enhance existing curriculum with creative and thought provoking ideas and activities
  • Lead campers in a variety of team-building activities
  • Conduct programming indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Employ inquiry-based teaching methods to stimulate learning
  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training and meetings
  • Encourage positive self-esteem of campers and positive group dynamics
  • Provide an exceptional experience for campers and their families
  • Take initiative in problem solving, fostering effective interaction between campers, staff and parents
  • Develop opportunities for successful interaction between campers, Counselors-in-Training and Junior Counselors
  • Prepare for and participate in the Camp Family Pizza Party each Friday evening
  • Chaperone offsite fieldtrips as needed
  • Uniform/Dress Code Required

Non-Essential Functions: Other duties as assigned

Position Start Date:

Monday, June 26, 2017

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How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and list of three references to: Human Resources, Attn: Camp Counselor Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604 or email: with “Camp Counselor Application” in the subject line.


Review begins March 10th, 2017, applications accepted until position is filled.


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