Kennebec Explorer Camp Counselor

06 Mar 2023 12:50 PM | Anonymous member

Kennebec Explorer Camp Counselor

Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to join our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.

Position Summary

The Kennebec Explorer Camp Counselor supports the mission and goals of Maine Maritime Museum by teaching and facilitating programs developed by museum educators and collaborative partners. These programs occur both on the museum campus and on field trips off site.

Under direct supervision of the Camp Leader and working in close collaboration with other camp staff, this position is responsible for preparing and delivering environmentally focused recreational camp programs and activities, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of campers, and overseeing early drop-off and late pick up for campers.

Successful applicants will have experience with elementary youth, such as through babysitting, camp roles, or youth leadership. This position requires creative thinkers who are passionate about fostering community through interdisciplinary learning and relationship-building. They must model mature, appropriate, and positive behaviors to campers through a cheerful and engaging demeanor, and exercise respect and safety in designing and delivering interactive, hands-on educational lessons and activities.  Camp counselors need to be comfortable teaching environmental sciences and maritime history through a variety of modalities such as creative play and art-making. The Camp Leader and education staff will provide training and lesson plans for the counselor position.

Specific Duties

  • ·         Ensure a safe, friendly, and educationally engaging environment for campers, grades 2-5
  • ·         Collaborate with Counselors and Leaders to develop and deliver lessons and activities
  • ·         When not leading, assist with all educational programs and activities
  • ·         Prepare materials, crafts and games for camp programs
  • ·         Communicate regularly with all camp staff regarding plans, concerns, and new ideas
  • ·         Ensure the timely, focused, and effective transition of campers from one activity location to another
  • ·         Identify and support campers who require special attention; establish and follow action plans with other staff to ensure a positive experience for all campers
  • ·         Engage with parents/guardians and provide them with excellent customer service
  • ·         Report behavior management issues and injuries to Camp Leaders and Museum Educator
  • ·         Read and adhere to regulations and procedures in camp operations binder, including injury log book
  • ·         Prioritize a camper-focused atmosphere, be appropriate, minimize personal conversations and phone usage
  • ·         Prepare for the day and be ready to supervise campers at 8am or 9:30am
  • ·         Oversee early drop-off and late pick-up activities
  • ·         Other duties and responsibilities as required

Job Requirements and Skills

·         Applicant must be over 16 years of age

·         Experience working with elementary aged children, such as through babysitting, camp roles or youth leaders. Camp experience and/or environmental education experience preferred but not required

·         First Aid certification preferred

·         Excellent time-management and organizational skills with the ability to work as a team-player

·         Ability to be flexible and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision

·         Knowledge and passion fostering inclusive learning environments and creating mentorship among campers


Terms and How to Apply

The Kennebec Explorer Camp Counselor position is a part-time (not to exceed 40 hours/week), seasonal position in Bath, Maine.  The position will not extend beyond the end of August 2023.  Pay: $15.00/hour.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Maine Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, protected genetic information, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

February 2023

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