Camp Director and Preserve Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00pm



New Haven, CT
United States

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The New Haven Land Trust is seeking a full-time, year round Camp Director and Preserve Coordinator to plan and oversee the operation of an 8 week environmental summer camp for elementary school aged children (ages 4-14+) as well as coordinate educational events on the Land Trust Nature Preserves throughout the year. We are seeking an individual with strong management, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Candidates should have a background working with youth, managing staff, and with hands-on education.

The Schooner summer camp incorporates land and sea based programing on New Haven’s unique coastline through sailing lessons and environmental education. The Camp Director will be responsible for managing and organizing all aspects of the Schooner Summer Camp including hiring, training, and managing 12 camp staff members as well as teenage volunteers, overseeing and modifying curriculum, communicating with parents, camp outreach and registration, updating any emergency protocols and policies, ensuring all camp paperwork is in accordance with the Department of Public Health state standards, risk management, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all campers. When the camp is not in session the Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating activities on the New Haven Land Trust nature preserves, including infrastructure improvements and maintenance, volunteer events, and educational events/activities. In addition the Coordinator will serve as the primary point of contact for all general inquiries and requests for information about the preserves and related events.  


Length of Employment: Year Round Full Time
Employment Start Date: March 1, 2018

Compensation: $45,000/year with benefits

Work Commitment: The Camp Director and Preserve Coordinator will work 40 hours per week and will report directly to the Executive Director


Job Requirements:

Must be 21 years or older

Bachelor's degree or higher

Confident overseeing and managing a camp of 80 campers per week, 12 staff, and teenage volunteers

Demonstrate level of maturity and ability to handle all aspects of the job description and potential issues associated with the summer camp

Experience managing staff
Prior camp experience (Camp Director experience prefered)

Ability to problem solve and multitask

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Experience working with diverse populations, including youth

Ability to perform physical tasks

Educational background and experience suited to the requirements of the position including knowledge of, or interest in learning marine biology, coastal ecosystems, and environmental conservation

Excellent oral and written communication skills


Camp Specific Job Functions

Complete all camp licensing and paperwork in accordance with the CT Department of Public Health

Hire, train, and manage camp staff

Assist with and organize camp registration

Organize pre and post camp duties

Communicate with Executive Director on all relevant camp matters

Create camp schedules and daily activities

Ensure all camp policies are being followed

Serve as a positive role model

Update camp policies

Camp outreach

Communicate with parents

Motivate campers and staff and ensure mutual support and group building throughout the camp experience

Promote character development throughout the camp

Assist with behavior needs of campers

Support Educators and Sailing Instructors

Oversee Junior Counselors (teenage volunteers)

Ensure a high level of standards in all activities, themes, and specialty programs


Job Duties throughout the year

Schooner Camp outreach and future planning

Organizing and coordinating volunteer and educational events at nature preserves

Supporting other educational and volunteer efforts with the Land Trust such as educational sign content design, and curriculum design

Preserve infrastructure improvements and maintenance, including sign installation, trail blazes and trail building, as well as planting, weeding, and watering

Assistance with other activities that support Land Trust such as fundraising efforts, contact list management, email outreach, etc.

Event Planning and support

Relationship management, outreach and communications


How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume as soon as possible to Please include “Camp Director” in the subject line.  Applications are accepted until positions are full.  Interviews begin in February 2018. New Haven Land Trust is an "equal opportunity employer." New Haven Land Trust will not discriminate in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender expression, or sexual orientation.