Environmental Educator Summer Camp

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New Haven, CT
United States

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Length of Employment and Scheduling Details: 

Seasonal, 40 hours per week for nine weeks from June 19, 2017 to August 18, 2017.  Camp Counselors must be available for ALL dates. Employment with the New Haven Land Trust will end after August 18, 2017 


$15/hour based on the fixed hours listed above. 

Reports to:  

Camp Director of the Schooner – Kids 2 Coastline Summer Camp 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist Camp Director with curriculum and activities for elementary school-aged children. 
  • Participate in pre-camp training 
  • Work with a teenage Counselor in Training to oversee and instruct a group of 12 campers age 6-12 years old 
  • Supervise and work in collaboration with a Counselor in Training 
  • Learn and implement the environmental education curriculum provided by the Program Director 
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all campers and staff throughout the camp program. 
  • Work as team with other Counselor and Program Director to lead and ensure the effective execution of daily camp exercises, activities, free time, meals and other camp-related activities.  
  • Abide by and ensure others adhere to camp policies and procedures. 
  • Serve as a positive role model. 
  • Ensure a high level of standards in all activities, themes, and specialty programs. 
  • Provide one-on-one counseling to campers as needed, within sight of other campers or staff. 
  • Motivate campers and ensure mutual support and group-building throughout the camp experience. 
  • Promote character development through the camp program. 
  • Assist with behavioral needs of campers. 
  • Assist with an organized and efficient check-in and check-out to help campers transition to and from camp. 
  • Help organize daily snack and provide for the safe handling of all camper-provided meals. 
  • Participate in any necessary pre-camp and post-camp interactions and communication with parents and campers. 
  • Communicate regularly with Program Director or when necessary the Executive Director of the New Haven Land Trust on all relevant camp matters. 
  • It should be understood that this Job Description has been developed as an outline for basic responsibility.  Additional duties may be assigned by the Program Director or the Executive Director of the New Haven Land Trust from time to time as deemed appropriate and/or necessary. 

Position Qualifications: 

  • Must be age 21 or older 
  • Demonstrated level of maturity and ability to handle all aspects of job description and potential issues associated with the summer camp. 
  • Must feel comfortable leading a group of 12 campers ages 6-12 in program activities 
  • 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. 
  • Demonstrated ability or strong interest in leading and motivating young people. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in working with youth and people of all ages. 
  • Positive attitude and approach to working with youth in ways that convey a deep understanding of their development needs. 
  • Ability to interact with adults in a positive and professional manner. 
  • Ability to be creative and flexible. 
  • Successful completion of the required background checks and any related training required by camp. 
  •  First Aid/CPR certification  
  • Must be ready to get dirty and have fun with campers for the duration of the time they are at camp 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Endurance including prolonged standing, walking long distances, hiking, stretching, bending and stooping. 
  • Ability to work outdoors with daily exposure to the elements (sun, rain, wind, cold, heat). 
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups participating and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff. 
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, apply appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and appropriate behavior management techniques 
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity. 
  • Physical ability to respond to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers. 

How to Apply:

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume as soon as possible to sarah.morrison@newhavenlandtrust.org. Please include “Counselor” in the subject line.  Applications are accepted until positions are full.  Interviews begin in February 2017. 


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.