Nature Education Counselor

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Monday, March 25, 2019, 12:00am


Newburyport, MA
United States


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About Joppa Flats Summer Camp:

Our camp is all about outdoor exploration, play in nature, and hands-on learning and science in an inclusive and cooperative setting for our campers ages 6-11 and 12-14.  Our mission is to connect kids with the natural world - whether in a state park or a pocket garden - and we’re excited to welcome new members to our team who feel as passionately as we do about getting kids outside and curious about the world around them.  It’s a lot of work, but we think it’s the most fun and rewarding work to be doing!  Please do visit to familiarize yourself with the content of our camp programming.

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Joppa Flats Education Center seeks enthusiastic counselors for its nature-based day camp, largely for children ages 6-11, plus two small sessions for ages 12-14.  These counselors will collaborate closely as a team and under the lead of the Camp Director and lead counselors on curriculum development, planning and running of activities.

Provided, mandatory training will include risk management, childhood development, natural history and teaching skills, Hazardous Communication Law, blood-borne pathogen safety, lesson planning, and a three-day, two-night field school experience at Mass Audubon’s Camp Wildwood.

Schedule: 40.5 hours/week, Mondays - Fridays 8am – 4pm, excluding Wednesdays which are 8am-4:30pm

  • 2019 Training and Planning Weeks: Mon-Thurs, June 10-13 and Mon-Fri, June 17-21 (Overnight field school at Camp Wildwood is June 11-13)
  • 2019 Camp Weeks: June 24-August 16   (Camp is closed on the 4-5th of July)


  • Actively participate in activity planning and the brainstorming of new camp activity ideas
  • Assist lead counselors with preparing lessons and activities
  • Help facilitate activities during the camp day, taking lead on some activities as needed.
  • Supervise and engage meaningfully with campers to maintain a positive, camper-centered environment
  • Support lead counselors and the Camp Director in safeguarding the health and well-being of the group while at Joppa Flats Education Center and on multiple field trips each week.
  • Drive a mini-van with up to 6 campers for our field trips
  • Act as a positive role model for children, mentoring their growth as individuals and as caretakers of the Earth.
  • Administer first aid when needed and help to maintain accurate records of camper care.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants must:

  • Be enthusiastic and excited about learning!
  • Have the ability and willingness to think on their feet and adapt to dynamic, changeable camp days.
  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have a genuine interest in, and understanding of, children.  Patience and sense of humor is a must!  Experience working with children - formally or informally - is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
  • Have the ability to work both cooperatively and independently.
  • Have a strong interest and/or background in sustainability, wildlife, ecology or the environment, and a desire to share that with children.
  • Be certified in First Aid/CPR/AED for Children and Adults by the first day of camp
  • Be comfortable working largely outside and willing to handle sun and bugs.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have at 2 years of experience as a licensed driver
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s)
  • Day hiking and/or canoe paddling experience is a plus, but not necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Mass Audubon is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, military service, application for military service, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law. Mass Audubon will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.



This is a non- exempt position.     

Resources for referrals to affordable housing options may be available upon request - we endeavor to assist with that search when possible.



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How to Apply:

Please email, fax or post your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to:

Kirsten Lindquist, Camp Director

Fax: (978) 462-4143

Joppa Flats Education Center

1 Plum Island Turnpike

Newburyport, MA 01950
Electronic documents are accepted in Word or PDF format only.  Hard copy is also welcome by mail or fax. Links and Google files will not be considered, for security reasons. 

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This is a non- exempt position.     

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Kirsten Lindquist

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