Do you want to inspire a passion for science and nature in our vibrant and diverse camp community? Come join the camp staff at the EcoTarium!

The EcoTarium, a museum of science & nature, seeks engaging and enthusiastic camp counselors to supervise and instruct campers (ages 5-12) in our vacation week 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.

This season’s vacation week programs will run February 21-25 and April 18-22 at the EcoTarium. Training for camp counselors will be a combination of asynchronous and live sessions and will be scheduled to fit counselors’ availability.

In this role you will:

  • Lead hands-on programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics
  • Manage 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
  • Provide an exceptional customer service experience by proactively problem-solving and communicating issues and solutions with camp leadership, campers, and caregivers
  • 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


  • Up to 8 hours of pre-camp training
  • February 21-25 and/or April 18-22: Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm with 30-minute lunch break (37.5 hours/week)

Job Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Availability for training and at least one full Monday - Friday week of vacation camp (February 21-25 and/or April 18-22). Applications will be accepted for candidates who are available for either part of, or for the whole 8:30am-4:30pm shift. Candidates available to work full 8:30am-4:30pm shifts will be prioritized.
  • 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, or willingness to provide weekly COVID-19 testing results throughout active employment
  • 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:

  • Availability for training and both weeks of vacation camp (February 21-25 and April 18-22)
  • 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!

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 Patty Huzar (Director of Human Resources) at or 508-929-2700 ext 2708.

Instructions: Please fill out the form below to submit your application.

All applications require a cover letter and resume. Review begins immediately; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

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