• Nature Day Camp Junior Counselor

    Posted: 12/20/2021

    Inspire children to build a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world as you help them to catch frogs at the pond, create a miniature homestead village in the woods or learn how to paddle on a river.
    Job Summary: Join a team of creative, energetic professionals who work together to connect children with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. CNC is in search of Junior Camp Counselors with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children by providing powerful, dynamic programs in the outdoors. Junior Counselors will assist with teaching and supervising day campers from preschool to 9th grade, including children with special needs. They will help to support a variety of activities in the areas of field ecology, historic farm life, sensory awareness, wildlife studies and nature crafts. Canoeing, kayaking and overnight camping trips are also included for some programs. Campers attend programs from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Over the course of the summer, Junior Counselors will assume increased responsibility for the planning and implementation of camp programming.

    Objective: To assist the Counselors to develop and implement programming of predetermined camps to support and strengthen campers’ relationships with the natural world.
    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Supervise campers, ensuring their safety and well-being
    2. Help the teaching team plan and teach daily lessons following the goals and objectives for each program
    3. Follow and enforce all camp policies, rules and regulations
    4. Provide first aid to campers according to camp policy
    5. Communicate regularly with Counselors and the Leadership Team
    6. Help organize and direct parents and campers on the first day of camp
    7. Provide a Monday orientation for middle and high school volunteers [Counselors-in-Training (CITs)]; organize and supervise CITs during lunchtime activities, including recycling and games
    8. Participate in pre-camp and on-going trainings
    9. Other duties as assigned by the Camp Director or Assistant Director
    Required Qualifications:
    • Experience working with children in a formal setting (camp, after school programs, scouts, sports, etc.)
    • Experience and desire to work in an outdoor setting
    • First aid and CPR certifications (or ability to become certified)
    • Valid chauffeur’s license (can be obtained after hire)
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Physically able to lift 50 pounds
    • Ability to work varied hours, including some evenings
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Natural science knowledge
    • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting
    • Knowledge of local natural resources (ecology, identification of birds, plants, etc.)
    • Camping, canoeing and kayaking skills
    Schedule: Paid staff training: May 31-June 7 and July 6-8. Camp sessions run June 8 through August 12, with no camp July 4-5.
    Salary & Benefits: Starting salary is $440 per week (11 weeks; $4,840 total) with additional stipends for overnight camps ($60/night in the field), staff uniform, CNC membership, 20% discount in Nature Center Store, 10% discount on program fees
    Status: Full time, seasonal
    Application Procedure: Send cover letter and attached application and/or resume to Steve Frisbee, Camp Director at sfrisbee@chippewanaturecenter.org or 400 S Badour Road, Midland, MI 48640
    Application Deadline: February 14, 2022 (Interviews will be held by invitation February 26, 2022)
    Overview: CNC is a nonprofit, environmental education organization. Its mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. The 1,500-acre property includes woodlands, fields, ponds and rivers. CNC’s facilities consist of a Visitor Center with Ecosystem Gallery, classrooms and Nature Center store; an 1870s Homestead Farm complex; Nature Preschool; an arboretum and 19 miles of nature trails. See www.chippewanaturecenter.org for more information.

    Equal Opportunity Employment: CNC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, height, weight, handicap or disability, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws.

    2021 Junior Counselor Application
    You are required to submit a cover letter in addition to this application. You may choose to submit a resume in place of this application. Please feel free to attach additional sheets if you need more room to write or would like to include additional information.
    Personal information
    Name           ___________________________________________________________________________________
                Last                                                                          First                                                          Middle
    Address __________________________________________________________________________________                Number             Street                                        City                                  State                           Zip
    Phone number _______________________________ Is this a cell phone?   Yes   No
    Email ________________________________________ Will you be 18 by June 14, 2021?   Yes    No
    Where did/do you attend high school? ____________________________________________________
    What classes have you taken that relate to this position? _______________________________________
    Do you currently attend college?    Yes    No   If yes, where? ____________________________________
    What classes have you taken that relate to this position? _______________________________________
    Interests and experience
    What is your experience working with children (volunteer or paid)? _____________________________________
    Explain any contact you have had with children or peers with special needs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    What experience do you have with nature or outdoor skills? What types of outdoor activities do you enjoy? ________
    What hobbies or activities, including clubs & sports, do you pursue?                                                                              
    Have you been a CIT at Nature Day Camp before?                    If yes, what year(s)?                             
    Please share any other information you would like us to know:                                                                                      
    Return application, resume and cover letter to: Steve Frisbee, Camp Director, at sfrisbee@chippewanaturecenter.org or Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI  48640

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