Nature Photography Specialist - Camp

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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 a Nature Photography Specialist for its new tween/teen “Nature Photographers” camp sessions in 2019!   This program is for ages 12-14 in a group of up to 6 campers, and runs over the course of two week-long sessions.  Unique to this program are daily field trips along with the photography focus.  This position has dual roles: you are both a caretaker of your group, while also being lead on designing and teaching fun wildlife photography tutorials and activities.  You will have the support of a co-counselor and the support of the Camp Director in planning camp days and in managing any group/individual camper or other issues that may arise.

Provided, mandatory training will include risk management, childhood development, Hazardous Communication Law/blood-borne pathogen safety, safe driving, lesson planning time, and site orientation.


  • 2019 Training and Planning Weeks:  Mon-Fri, June 17-21
  •  *5-10 hours additional prep time anticipated prior to camp sessions, scheduled at mutual convenience of Photography Specialist and Camp Director
  • “Nature Photographers” Camp Weeks:
    • July 15-19: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:15pm
    • July 29-August 2: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:15pm
    • *1-2 additional hours of exit interview and program evaluation anticipated once all Nature Photographers camp weeks are over, scheduled at mutual convenience of Photography Specialist and Camp Director
    • Total Anticipated Work Time: 128 - 132 hours


  • Be the lead in planning and teaching hands-on photography lessons and techniques to campers ages 12-14
  • With your supporting co-lead and the Camp Director, keep daily plans organized and well-communicated.
  • Keep track of your group’s lesson and activity plans and camp materials.  You are considered the point person for keeping your group’s plans organized.
  • Take lead on putting together a fun “showing” of your campers’ work on the last afternoon of camp for campers and parents/guardians, with the assistance of the Camp Director.
  • Be responsible for the health and safety (physical and emotional) of campers – with the support of the Camp Director and your co-lead - while at Joppa Flats Education Center and multiple off-site field trips each week.
  • Drive up to 6 campers in a mini-van for daily field trips with your supporting counselor as a co-pilot
  • 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 about learning, photography, and exploring the outdoors!
  • Have the ability and willingness to think on their feet and adapt to dynamic camp days
  • Demonstrate leadership in everyday problem-solving.
  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have experience (formal or informal) in digital photography, preferably with experience in outdoor and/or wildlife photography
  • Be comfortable using basic photo-editing software and a memory-stick to back-up camper work.
  • Have an interest in and understanding of youth at the transitional pre-teen/early teen years, and a desire to share outdoor experiences with them.  Experience teaching or mentoring youth is a plus.
  • Have the ability to work both cooperatively and independently to design and implement photography tutorials, and nature-based activities and games.
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid/AED for Children and Adults by the start of camp.
  • Be capable of leading local field trips with your co-counselor, independent of the Camp Director, for up to 6 campers.  This responsibility includes driving campers in a mini-van. 
  • Familiarity with green spaces in the Essex County and Cape Ann area is a plus.
  • Be comfortable working largely outside and willing to handle sun and bugs. 
  • Valid driver’s license required and have at least 2 years of experience as a licensed driver
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s)

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.   

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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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