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
Hours and Compensation
- 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)
- 18 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!