Do you want to inspire a passion for science and nature in our vibrant and diverse camp community? Join the camp staff at the EcoTarium!
The EcoTarium, a museum of science & nature, seeks engaging and enthusiastic junior counselors to supervise and instruct campers (ages 5–12) in our summer camp programs. Programming is focused on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, and outdoors on our 55-acre site. Program facilitation is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.
In this role, you will:
- Assist in the implementation of hands-on programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics
- Support counselors with camper safety and behavior management in a positive and constructive way
- Ensure that all campers and staff are having fun throughout the program
- Serve as a role model for and actively support positive interaction between campers
- Proactively problem-solve and communicate issues and solutions with campers and other camp staff
- Deliver indoor and outdoor programming and navigate trails in a variety of weather conditions
- Set up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment, and supplies
- Prepare for and actively participate in all staff training and meetings
- 16 years of age or older. Individuals who have previously participated in the EcoTarium CIT program may apply for a Junior Counselor position at 15 years of age.
- Availability for the entirety of at least one 4-week session and week of training. Candidates who are available for both 4-week sessions are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated previous experience teaching and/or working with children
- Interest in and/or experience working with diverse audiences
- Comfort with presentation and/or public speaking
- Demonstrated success working both independently and as part of a team
- Flexibility and dependability
- Willingness to learn and grow through constructive feedback
- Documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and completion of the camp’s health forms and waivers before the start of training
- Documented proof of vaccination against COVID-19
- Ability to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, lift and transport up to 25 lbs., and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
- Pass CORI and SORI background checks
An ideal candidate will have:
- Background in life science, earth science, astronomy, engineering, and/or physical science
- Experience with inquiry-based and/or experiential learning
- Experience leading or assisting programming at a science camp or museum
- A flair for public presentation
- Demonstrated ability to have fun with kids, laugh at oneself, and be silly!
Hours and Compensation:
- Two sessions: June 26 – July 21, 2023, and/or July 24 – August 18, 2023. Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break (37.5 hours/week). Junior counselors are encouraged to work both sessions.
- Paid training week of June 19.
The EcoTarium believes that science and nature are for everyone. We recognize the incredible value of the diversity of the human experience and we are committed to making equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion imperative in how we operate. We prioritize respect, inclusion, and opportunities for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination of any kind.
Applicants with disabilities may contact Human Resources via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request accommodation at any time. Please contact Deana Prest (Director of Human Resources) at firstname.lastname@example.org.