Summer Camp Lead Counselor: Durham, Orange, Wake

Schoolhouse of Wonder

Durham , North Carolina

Work is belly laughing, creek stomping, fort building, and woods wandering.

Work is being outdoors with kids every day.

Work your best life: get paid to mentor, get paid to nurture, get paid to play.

Work at Schoolhouse of Wonder.

The Position

Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps for ages 5-12. This position is responsible for leading a camp group of children, mentoring and providing feedback for counselors and CITs, communicating with Schoolhouse staff and camp parents, modeling Schoolhouse values, and ensuring the physical and emotional safety of participants.

A Schoolhouse of Wonder Lead Camp Counselor takes pride and joy in mentoring children through outdoor adventures, games, stories, and songs. These individuals can partner energy with patience and responsibility with fun.  A Camp Lead is a mentor worth remembering and emulating. 

This position begins May 16th and runs through August 24th.

If this position sounds great and you're interested in working longer than the summer, please read about our Seasonal (9-month) Field Trip Instructor/Camp Lead (Durham/Orange) position here or our Seasonal (9-month) Lead Counselor  (Wake) position here

General Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing exemplary adherence to Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures
  • Safeguarding the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of campers – model Schoolhouse values, engage all participants (in their group), deliver consistent and exceptional supervision of children, patiently process conflict and disagreements
  • Participation - actively participate in all aspects of programs in accordance with Schoolhouse methodologies, including the active engagement of participants as a good example and role model at all times – play the games, sing the songs, wade in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, actively participate in all aspects of programs. 
  • Communication - establish trusted lines of communication with participants, their families, and other Schoolhouse staff
  • Program preparation and upkeep – participate in training and staff meetings, prepare materials, set up and breakdown program materials, and clean and maintain program spaces
  • Serving as a mentor and resource, as needed, to other Schoolhouse staff (e.g. area of special knowledge or interest)
  • Participating in marketing/promotional strategies and Schoolhouse events as requested.
  • Working with supervisor to design and implement a professional development plan, including continuing education and familiarity with best practices

Camp Responsibilities:

  • Serving as Camp Lead in summer camps including leading games, telling stories, behavior management, staff and CIT mentorship, time management, and creating a culture of physical and emotional safety
  • Activity creation and delivery– partner with the Site Manager to create and implement high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities and schedules for camps
  • Setting an excellent example of teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude
  • Communicating effectively with participants, CITs, staff, and parents
  • Serving as a mentoring resource to staff including giving and receiving feedback
  • Overseeing and mentoring Junior Counselors and Counselors-in-Training that are in your group
  • Assisting supervisor and other staff to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence

Please Apply If You...

  • are a high school graduate or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age
  • are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
  • have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
  • have superior verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
  • have experience working with children and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
  • have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that love with others
  • are able and willing to accept and effectively act on feedback and guidance
  • desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
  • are committed to Schoolhouse's mission and values
  • take your work seriously but yourself, not so much

Bonus points (or at least a high-five) if you have...

  • A college degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, botany)
  • Teaching experience
  • A strong interest in/knowledge of plants, animals, geology, ecology, naturalist skills, and/or cultural history
  • Knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques
  • English/Spanish bilingual fluency

Evaluation

A formal review will be conducted by the supervisor to establish and assess progress against employee goals.  Ongoing feedback provided through regular supervision and work plan development/review sessions.

Office Location, Hours, Travel

The Schoolhouse of Wonder office is currently located at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704.

The work of the Durham Summer Camp Lead Counselor is typically performed at the Schoolhouse of Wonder Office/West Point on the Eno Park.

The work of the Wake County Summer Camp Lead Counselor is typically performed at Umstead State Park, I-40 Reedy Creek Entrance, 1800 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC, 27513. 

The work of the Orange County Summer Camp Lead Counselor is typically performed at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, 3223 New Hope Church Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required. 

Regular hours typically fall between 7:30a – 6p Monday through Friday during Summer Camp from June through August. Hours are dependent on organizational needs, and typically total between 40 and 50 hours per week. Occasional weekends and/or evenings may be required.

Compensation Range

The wage for this position is $12.00 per hour. Benefits include professional development opportunities, unlimited vitamin D, and a steady stream of (mostly funny) stories. 

Our Organization

Founded in 1989, Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission is to create kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures. We seek to achieve this mission through year-round, outdoor day camps, curriculum-aligned field trips, and leadership training for teenagers.

These core values guide our behavior and help us make decisions.

  • We model and teach self-awareness and empathy
  • We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
  • Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard and respected
  • In nature, we’re all students
  • Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
  • We send every kid home dirty, tired and happy

Revenues: Approximately $1,000,000

HOW TO APPLY

The Lead Camp Counselor position will remain open until filled. Preference given to early applicants. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

To apply, first complete the Applicant Info Form. Also, please email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org:

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a Lead Summer Camp Counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder (maximum one page)
  • Your resume (maximum one page)
  • Please include your cover letter and resume as one document

Current certification in CPR and First Aid and successful background check required before work can begin. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references

This is an “at will” seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position that reports directly to the Regional Program Manager (Durham), the Wake County Site Manager (Wake), or the Orange County Site Manager (Orange).

Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

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