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We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:


Summer Camp Co-Leader (2 positions)

White Memorial is looking for a Summer Camp Co-Leader for 4 weeks, spanning from July 8-August 2, 2024 (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 4 weeks, from 9:30am-3:30pm. Employees are asked to work from 9am-4pm at $16/hour. Shared housing may be 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 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 4-week period and put all program materials back in proper storage containers

Qualifications:
– Must be 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, 2024)
– An updated physical within 36 months (or the ability to obtain one before June 15, 2024)
– A background check once employment is secured

How to Apply:
Applications are due by April 15. Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for, a resume, and a list of 3 references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at [email protected], or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759

Summer Camp Assistant

White Memorial is looking for a Summer Camp Assistant for 5 weeks, spanning from July 8 to August 9, 2024 (plus a few preparation dates to be determined). This person will work directly with the Education Director in facilitating a nature program called Exploration Camp, geared for children entering grades 3-9. This camp will take us on adventures, both on White Memorial property, and also to natural areas throughout Northwest 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 $16/hour. Shared housing may be available if needed.

The main duty of the Camp Assistant is to carry out any tasks assigned by the Education Director, which will include, but may not be limited to:
– Interact with the camp children (up to 13) each day
– Help with general supervision, both on location and during van trips
– Be the “caboose” on our frequent, moderate hikes
– Assist with any necessary first aid, and check the first aid kits to be sure all materials are in stock
– Perform frequent head counts while out exploring
– Help to resolve social problems amongst the children
– Check in children and take attendance each morning, as well as oversee pick-up
– Check meeting space for children’s belongings
– Disinfect the meeting space daily after campers leave
– Facilitate activities developed by the Education Director
– Take pictures of daily activities, as well as a group photo, each week and compile into a slide show
– Help Education Director interpret local natural history
– Fill in for the Education Director when needed

Qualifications:
– Must be 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 interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
– Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 13 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, 2024)
– An updated physical within 36 months (or the ability to obtain one before June 15, 2024)
– A background check once employment is secured

How to Apply:
Applications are due by April 15. Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for, a resume, and a list of 3 references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at [email protected], or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759


Summer “Wonder Camp” Teacher

White Memorial is looking for someone to teach a weekly 2-hour program known as “Wonder Camp” for children ages 4 and 5 during the summer of 2024. Activities include stories, crafts, games, and outdoor time to engage preschool-aged children. The sessions are held on 5 consecutive Wednesday mornings during the summer – July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7. Compensation will be $16/hour and includes 2 hours of teaching time and 2 hours of prep/breakdown time for each of the 5 sessions. Housing and benefits are not provided.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
– Prepare and facilitate nature-related activities for preschool-aged children, including onsite hikes, crafts, games, and story times
– Supervise and provide enriching activities for up to twelve 4-5 year-olds at a time
– Lead children on hikes and other outdoor activities leaving from the Nature Museum on White Memorial property
– Deal with any first aid issues that may arise
– Oversee drop-off and pick-up of children
– Communicate with parents about any scheduling conflicts or behavioral issues that may arise
– Always carry attendance sheets, registration forms with emergency info, and emergency medications brought by parents
– Provide a lesson plan to the Education Director for each of the 5 sessions (can modify lesson plans from previous years)
– Prepare and maintain the Children’s Corner of the Museum as the “homebase” of the program

Qualifications:
– Must be at least 21 years old
– Completion of at least 2-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, elementary or preschool 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 young children, both in a classroom setting and outside
– 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, 2024)

How to Apply:
Applications are due by April 15. Please send a cover letter stating the specific job title(s) you are applying for, a resume, and a list of 3 references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at [email protected], or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, P.O. Box 368, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759


Seasonal Research Technician

The White Memorial Conservation Center and Foundation are in Litchfield and Morris, Connecticut. White Memorial is guided by four principles: Research, Conservation, Recreation, and Education. The Research program focuses on conserving native biodiversity, studying the ecology of the region, and restoring habitats. This job involves working with various wildlife conservation and other natural resource monitoring projects throughout the summer season on a 4000-acre wildlife refuge in northwestern Connecticut. Projects include with the following organismal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Working occasionally in forests, wetlands, and aquatic ecosystems. Responsibilities include data collection, specimen collection, and working with and maintaining technical equipment. Prior experience with protocols for passive acoustic recording for bats and water quality monitoring will be prioritized. Field equipment such as GPS units and other digital instruments will be used and must be maintained. This is a 40 hours per week paid position working Monday through Friday with occasional Saturdays and dawn/dusk hours, between early-May and late-September. Schedule can vary by applicant’s availability. This is an hourly paid position ($16.00/hr.). Housing is available.

The Seasonal Research Technician reports directly to the Research Director.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in biology, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, or
       other related discipline. 
  • Familiar with all Connecticut wildlife species, including but not limited to birds, mammals,
       reptiles, and amphibians. Proficiency to identify these species will be prioritized but the ability to
        efficiently learn diagnostic characters used to identify all species by direct observation or by
        evidence such as call/song, tracks, scat, or other sign is important. Knowledgeable of
        management and conservation initiatives with all wildlife species within the state of Connecticut
        and southern New England. 
  • Familiarity with standard protocols for data collection in a variety of environments.
  • Familiar with biological field research protocols and procedures. 
  • Able to draft short reports describing technical work for a general audience.
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to drive a pick-up truck (automatic transmission and occasionally in 4WD off road)
  • Be able to collaborate with volunteers and the public
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team, cheerfully in all weather conditions, and
       with biting insects/ticks.
  • Able to work with Microsoft Office Suite software and capable of learning other platforms to suit
       the needs of the position.
  • Familiar with the proper usage and maintenance of field equipment.
  • Familiarity with the proper operation of gasoline powered watercraft and canoe is valuable.

Work Environment

1. Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
2. Position involves functioning in both field and office environments.
3. Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions, on varying terrain, with biting insect and ticks, potentially exposed to poison ivy, sun, and other environmental hazards, early morning and late evening hours, with or without accommodation.
4. Prior knowledge of working with wildlife and the health risks that it poses such as disease transmission is important.
5. The office environment has moderate noise levels and is a non-smoking environment.
6.  Ability to function and thrive in role of internal consultant with a complex, multi-goal (research, conservation, education, recreation) organization with diverse professional staff (administration, education, operation, marketing, and public relations) is crucial.

Physical Demands: 

  1. Must be able to carry field equipment at times, with or without accommodation. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty pounds.
  2. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  3. Hearing abilities for this job include the ability to perceive speech communication, sound detection and localization of calling birds, amphibians, etc.
  4. Willingness to work during early morning (pre-dawn) and evening (nighttime) hours.

Please send copy of resume and contact information for two references to:

James Fischer
Research Director
The White Memorial Conservation Center, Inc.
80 Whitehall Rd.
P.O. Box 368
Litchfield, CT  06759

e-mail: [email protected]