Nature Education Counselor - Explorer Lead

Mass Audubon - Joppa Flats Summer Camp Newburyport, Massachusetts
Deadline Mar 25, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent

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.

Job Description:

Joppa Flats Education Center seeks an enthusiastic lead counselor for its nature-based day camp which largely serves children ages 6-11, plus two small sessions for ages 12-14.  This particular lead counselor position is responsible for our younger campers, ages 6 to 8, known as “Explorers.”  

With the support of the Camp Director, lead counselors collaborate with each other and their supporting nature education counselors to create hands-on, engaging and fun natural history, team building and “Earth-action” activities, using weekly habitat and wildlife themes as inspiration.  Your Explorers group will often come together with the older campers, Trekkers (ages 9-11), for some games, lunch and some field trips.  Therefore, you will also need to be comfortable working with younger children and always as a team player with other camp staff.

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.


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

Camp Weeks: June 24-August 16  (Camp is closed on the 4-5th of July)


  • Be the lead in running activities and taking Explorers on local field trips, a maximum of 15 campers ages 6-8, with the support of two other counselors
  • Work with the Trekker lead counselor (ages 9-11) to keep daily plans organized and well-communicated between the whole staff.
  • Be responsible for the health and safety of campers – with the support of the Camp Director and co-workers - while at Joppa Flats Education Center and multiple off-site field trips each week.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
  • In the absence of the Camp Director, act as staff lead on risk management.
  • Drive a mini-van of up to 6 campers for field trips
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interact daily with campers’ parents and guardians during check-in and check-out
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants must:

  • Be enthusiastic!
  • Have the ability and willingness to think on their feet and adapt to dynamic, changeable camp days and demonstrate leadership in everyday problem-solving.
  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have teaching experience (formal or informal) related to sustainability, habitats, wildlife, ecology, and/or science.
  • Have an interest in and understanding of children, and a desire to share outdoor experiences with them.
  • Have the ability to work both cooperatively and independently to design and implement nature-based activities, including games and crafts.
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid/AED for Children and Adults by the start of camp.
  • Be capable of leading local field trips with an assistant counselor and/or teen volunteers independent of the Camp Director. This responsibility includes driving campers in a mini-van.  Familiarity with green spaces in the Essex County and Cape Ann area is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Be comfortable working largely outside and willing to handle sun and bugs.
  • Day hiking and/or canoe paddling experience is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license required and, have at 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.   

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


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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