Nature Director

Classification: 
Full-time
Company: 
YMCA Camp Mason,
23 Birch Ridge Road,
Hardwick,
New Jersey
7825
Contact Person: 
Laura Finkle
Contact E-mail Address: 
Laura@campmason.org
Contact Phone Number: 
(908) 3628217
Description/Responsibilities: 
Overview: 460- acres of ridges, valleys, ponds, streams and trails cover the property of YMCA Camp Mason. We are located in northwestern New Jersey just outside the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, one of the last true wilderness areas in the northeastern United States. This setting affords us almost limitless opportunities to engage in outdoor adventure and promote the values of environmental awareness. Camp Mason is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic and motivated environmental educator to act Nature Director at our traditional YMCA summer camp. The Nature Director is a senior staff member whose primary role is leading staff in the delivery of an effective and engaging nature program. Responsibilities: Train a group of counselors to become effective natural educators Provide leadership to staff as necessary (includes instruction, evaluation and feedback of activities) Be a role model to campers and staff in both behavior and attitude Develop hands-on activities and engaging destination walks related to the natural environment and outdoor living (fire building, survival, outdoor cooking, etc.) Plan and teach classes to groups of children between 7 and 16 years of age Ensure that all campers experience progression and recognition in all nature programs Be directly responsible for the maintenance and presentation of the Nature Center Provide, acquire and care for animals and specimens Ensure all equipment and systems are working/inventoried and consistently carried out Be able to make valuable contributions to the planning and execution of evening, weekend and theme activities Anything else that needs to be done to keep Camp Mason safe, fun, and on the leading edge of the camping industry. Compensation, Benefits & Housing: Shared housing and cafeteria style meals are provided. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $2,250. Workman’s Compensation Insurance provided to all staff. Application Deadline: February 1, 2013 Dates of Employment: June 9, 2013- August 18, 2013 Must be able to commit to entire season.
Requirements/Qualifications: 
Qualifications: Required: Must be comfortable outdoors and familiar with outdoor living and natural sciences Must demonstrate a strong passion for the outdoors, sustainability, environmental awareness and simple living Strong leadership skills and respectable character Experience working at a camp or residential education center First aid and CPR, or willingness to get certified before camp starts Wilderness First Aid, or willingness to get certified before camp starts The ability to complete the full term of the position Preferred: Lifeguard certification a plus Belay experience or interest in learning a plus Valid driver’s license and clean record a plus
Application Instructions: 
To Apply: For more information, please contact Laura Finkle at (908) 362-8217 ext. 102, or Laura@CampMason.org. To apply, please send completed application with current contact information to Laura@CampMason.org. Additional cover letter and resume encouraged.