Summer Camp Nature Connection Mentor
Crow’s Path is seeking two summer staff to join our team for the 2018 season (June 18-August 3). We are a group of kind, creative, passionate, outdoorsy, team-minded mentors who spend our summer facilitating experiences that connect kids to their wildness, with Lake Champlain and the woods of Rock Point as our playground. Summer camp activities include swimming, canoeing, carving, archery, shelter-buildling, tool-making, natural art, fire-making, sneaking and scout games, storytelling, and anything else that emerges from our time on the land.
Camp Schedule: Training week June 18-22, followed by Mon-Fri camp sessions June 25 to Aug 3 (except for a mid-summer break the week of July 16-20). Six weeks total employment, approx. 35 hours per week.
- Opportunity to join our community of creative, curious, highly skilled, compassionate, goofy, and dedicated people
- Livable wage, $17.50/hour depending on experience
- WFA & Lifeguard certifications
- Staff sweatshirt and shirts for programs designed by kiddos
- Read about our programs to make sure this is a good fit for you
- Send a resume, 2 references, and a note explaining your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application review and interview scheduling is ongoing
Feel free to contact us with any other questions you might have about the position or our programs.
Who We Are
Our mission is to connect people of all ages to their wildness. Our summer camps off week-long day camp sessions for K-5 and middle school youth, with weekly themes that include archery, earth-based skills, natural art, water play, and woodland escape rooms. Our adventures play out across the forests, meadows and shorelines of Rock Point (our field site) as well as a backdrop of creative worlds and story realms pulled from our imaginations. Activities are crafted by staff, reflecting our interests, hobbies, and passions. These activities encompass and integrate earth-based skills (fire-by-friction, coal burning, basket weaving, harvesting/preparing wild edibles, tracking), naturalist skills (wildflower pressing, bird language, tracking, mapping), cultural skills (storytelling, playing games, singing, sharing, teaching, listening), and personal skills (asking deep questions, exploring creativity, mindfulness/awareness exercises, overcoming challenges). Our community is light-hearted, full of music and singing, creative, and curious.
Who You Are
Our ideal candidate is:
- Comfortable working outdoors in all types of weather
- Flexible, adaptable, comfortable with emergence and improvisation
- Committed to creating an inclusive, safe, welcoming community for summer campers
- On a learning journey to develop naturalist knowledge and earth-based skills
- Committed to personal growth and pushing their edges
- Ready to apply their diverse interests to facilitating summer camp experiences for youth
- Experience working with kids (K-8th) in an outdoor setting; summer camp experience a plus
- Comfortable leading (or quickly learning to lead) kids in games, songs, and stories
- First aid and lifeguard certified (or willing to train)
Preference given to applicants who have
- Experience with earth-based skills
- Experience with nature connection practices/8 Shields mentoring model
- A sense of humor
- A desire to stay in the area and work with Crow’s Path in future seasons