Day Camp Counselor

Effective Date: 
Summer 2017
Reports to: 
Camp Director

$10.00 per hour, Temporary, Non Exempt


June 26 – June 30, 2017 (Training) and 3-5 weeks between July 3 – August 11, 2017 (Camp Director assigns weeks to successful candidates; candidate availability may affect hiring decisions)

Position Summary: 

The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science and Nature, seeks camp counselors for teaching positions at the EcoTarium’s Summer Discovery Camp. Counselors are responsible for daily supervision and instruction of campers aged 5-14. 

Topics include but are not limited to: natural and physical science, sensory awareness, and group and team building. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment. 

A mandatory pre-camp training week runs June 26-June 30, 2017 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Camp employment involves 3-5 weeks of work between July 3 and August 11, 2017. The Camp Director assigns weeks to successful candidates. Candidate availability may affect hiring decisions. Counselors typically work Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Friday evenings, the regular camp day is extended to 5:00 p.m. and on a rotating schedule, counselors are expected to stay for the Camp Family Pizza Party (until 7:00 p.m.).

  • Must be at least 17 years of age and completed at least 3 years of High School before the start of employment. Previous camp experience is preferred.
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: natural history, physical science, technology, engineering, and/or outdoor skills
  • Ability to inspire a passion for science and nature in campers
  • A love of working with children and parents
  • Work experience teaching and/or working with children; camp experience a plus
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Candidate should enjoy working in a busy camp community, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Ability to plan, initiate, and carry out education programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Interest in or experience working with diverse racial/socio-economic populations
  • Ability to maintain safety and discipline in a fun and positive way
  • Able to work in highly sensory and stimulating work environment, constantly interacting with guests, campers, volunteers, and other staff
  • Be in good physical condition to meet the physical demands of the position.  Ability to move program equipment/supplies up to 40 lbs, navigate nature trails under any weather conditions
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of training
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid or be willing to take a CPR/First Aid course provided by the EcoTarium

  • Pass CORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

  • Supervise campers’ safety on a daily basis
  • Lead programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics
  • Enhance existing curriculum with creative and thought provoking ideas and activities
  • Lead campers in a variety of team-building activities
  • Conduct programming indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Employ inquiry-based teaching methods to stimulate learning
  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training and meetings
  • Encourage positive self-esteem of campers and positive group dynamics
  • Provide an exceptional experience for campers and their families
  • Take initiative in problem solving, fostering effective interaction between campers, staff and parents
  • Develop opportunities for successful interaction between campers, Counselors-in-Training, and Junior Counselors
  • Prepare for and participate in the Camp Family Pizza Party each Friday evening
  • Chaperone offsite field trips as needed
  • Uniform/Dress Code Required
Non-Essential Functions: 

Other duties as assigned


Please send cover letter, resume and list of three references to:

Human Resources, Attn: Camp Counselor Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604

or email: with “Camp Counselor Application” in the subject line.

Review begins March 10, 2017. Applications accepted until position is filled.