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Summer Camp Co-Leader (2 positions) at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT

White Memorial is looking for a Summer Camp Co-Leader for 3 weeks, spanning from July 11-29, 2022 (plus a few training/preparation and clean-up dates to be determined). Working with another educator, this person will prepare and facilitate an onsite nature program called Discovery Camp, geared for children entering grades 1 and 2. Our “homebase” will be a small one-room building called the Mott Van Winkle Classroom. Many hiking trails are accessible from this location. The camp runs on weekdays for 3 weeks, from 9:30am-3:30pm. Employees are asked to work from 9am-4pm at $15/hour. Housing available if needed.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
– Prepare and facilitate nature-related activities for young children, including onsite hikes, crafts, games, and story times
– Supervise and provide enriching activities for up to 12 1st and 2nd graders at a time
– Lead children on moderate-level hikes leaving from the “homebase” on White Memorial property and lasting up to 1 hour
– Deal with any first aid issues that may arise
– Attend training session(s) to learn lesson plans and develop any additional plans necessary for the facilitation of camp
– Attend a training session (or watch pre-recorded videos) on the administration of emergency medications
– Manage the upkeep of a small meeting space and all the necessary program materials stored within it
– Oversee arrival and pick-up times (9:30 am and 3:30 pm respectively)
– Oversee lunch time (kids will bring their own lunches)
– Communicate with parents about any scheduling conflicts on their part or behavioral issues that may arise
– Always carry attendance sheets, registration forms with emergency info, and medications brought by the children
– Keep a daily log of activities and time frames
– Disinfect the meeting space daily
– Clean the meeting space at the end of the 3-week period and put all program materials back in proper storage containers.

Qualifications:
– At least 18 years of age
– Completion of at least 1-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, elementary education, or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered.
– Prior experience working with young children
– Enthusiasm for interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
– Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 12 children, both in a classroom setting and on the trail
– Proficient knowledge of the area’s natural history
– A valid driver’s license
– Current First Aid certification (or the ability to obtain before June 15, 2022)
– An updated physical within 36 months (or the ability to obtain one before June 15, 2022)
– COVID vaccination required   

How to Apply:
Applications are due by ASAP! Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for and a completed application to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at carrie@whitememorialcc.org, or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759


Summer Camp Assistant at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT

White Memorial is looking for a Summer Camp Assistant for 5 weeks, spanning from July 11 to August 12, 2022. This person will work directly with the Education Director in leading a nature program called Exploration Camp, geared for children entering grades 3-9. Our adventures take us to natural locations both on White Memorial property and offsite to locations throughout northwestern CT. The first two weeks are designated for 3th and 4th graders, the second two weeks for 5th and 6th graders, and the last week for 7-9th graders. The camp runs on weekdays from 9:30am-3:30pm. This employee is asked to work from 9am-4pm at $15/hour. Housing available if needed.

The main duty of the Camp Assistant is to help out the Camp Leader/Education Director with any tasks assigned during camp, which may include, but are not limited to:
– Interact with the camp children (up to 12) each day
– Help with general supervision, especially during our travels
– Be the “caboose” on our frequent and lengthy hikes
– Assist with any necessary first aid and keep the first aid kits stocked with supplies
– Perform frequent head counts while out exploring
– Facilitate activities developed by the Education Director
– Help to resolve any negative interactions amongst the children
– Check in children and take attendance each morning, as well as oversee pick-up
– Check van for children’s belongings at the end of each day, and clean/vacuum van when needed
– Disinfect the “homebase” room daily after campers leave
– Take pictures of daily activities and one group photo, and compile them into a slide show at the end of each week
– Help Education Director interpret local natural history
– Fill in for the Education Director when needed
– Attend a training session (or watch pre-recorded videos) on the administration of emergency medications

Qualifications:
– Must be at least 18 years of age
– Completion of at least 2-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, elementary education, or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered.
– Prior experience working with young children
– Enthusiasm interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
– Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 12 children
– Introductory knowledge of the area’s natural history
– A valid driver’s license
– Current First Aid certification (or the ability to obtain before June 15, 2022)
– An updated physical within 36 months (or the ability to obtain one before June 15, 2022)
– COVID vaccination required

How to Apply:
Applications are due ASAP! Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for and a completed application to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at carrie@whitememorialcc.org, or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759