Job Description

Description: URI’s Environmental Education Center is seeking qualified individuals to teach and lead campers in a summer day camp program for 90 children each week ages 5-12. Responsibilities: supervise 8-12 day campers; teach outdoor lessons in either forest and wetland ecology and outdoor skills or sustainable agriculture, humane animal care, early American history, organic gardening, and cultural history, or outdoor adventure including rock climbing, kayaking and team building. Day Camp Counselors participate in cleaning classroom and outdoor areas, animal feeding and care, cleaning stalls, gardening, gear organization and clean up, etc. The day starts at 8:00 am with chores and preparation for the campers. Campers arrive at 8:30 am and stay until 3:30 pm. During the program, students are divided into groups of eight to ten with one Counselor and one Junior Counselor. Most groups will also have a Junior Counselor to assist. At the Woodvale Farm Day Camp, campers age 5-8 help out on the farm, work in the gardens, prepare food, participate in farm demonstrations, and go on hikes. At the Eco-Zone Day Camp, campers age 8-11 participate in activities involving forest, field, and freshwater wetland ecology, and go on a Thursday night camp out. All campers go on hikes, make crafts, and swim. Eco-Zone campers also canoe. After the campers leave, there is a clean-up period and brief staff meeting. The day ends at 4:30 pm. Supervising campers while riding the shuttle bus to and from camp is required for some staff members.

The Site: The URI Environmental Education Center is situated on 2,300 acres of forests, wetlands, and old farmland—the W. Alton Jones Campus. Dedicated to environmental education, the Center has been offering quality day and residential programs for over 30 years. The Woodvale Farm Day Camp utilizes the historic 19th century Woodvale farm, which is home to sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and ducks. The scenic pastures, organic gardens, historical barn, and farm classroom provide an ideal day camp setting. The Eco-Zone Ecology Day Camp uses the botanically unique Nettie Marie Jones Nature Preserve. The Nature Preserve has woodland and swamp trails, fields, wildflower meadows, brooks, and a classroom building all adjacent to a 75-acre lake.

Qualifications: Previous experience working with young children is required. Enthusiasm, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest in the environment and education are a must. Current certifications in standard first aid and community CPR are required. Pets are not allowed on site. All final applicants will be subjected to a criminal background check. Compensation: $1600 for Farm Camp and $2000 for Eco-Zone. Additional $50 per week for shuttle bus supervision. Includes paid training period.

Dates of Employment: June 22-August 14, 2015.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, application form, and three references to Alton Jones Camp Jobs, URI Environmental Education Center, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817, (401) 874-8200. FAX: (401) 397-3293. E-mail:

Apply by: June 6 2015


Camp/Organization: W. Alton Jones (ACA Accredited)

Location: Rhode Island

Type of Position: General Staff

Time Frame: Seasonal


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