Summer Camp Junior Counselor - W. Alton Jones


Job Description

Description: URI’s Environmental Education Center is seeking qualified individuals to assist Summer Camp Counselors in supervising and teaching a minimum of three five-day day camp programs. Junior Counselors assist Counselors in teaching natural and cultural history, sensory awareness, farming, canoeing, no-trace camping, survival skills, and arts and crafts. The position includes helping to lead games, songs, skits, and tell stories. Junior Counselors supervise campers during recreation times, meal times, and at the waterfront, assist with camp preparation, clean-up, camper check-in, and parents programs, serve as a positive role model for young children, and help to create a supportive camp community. Providing extra support to homesick campers and others who require more individualized attention is a key role that Junior Counselors fulfill. At overnight camp, Junior Counselors also help supervise campers in cabins and on overnight field trips. Day Camp Junior Counselors help out with animal feeding and cleaning of animal stalls and classroom areas. Supervising campers while riding the shuttle bus to and from camp may be required for some Day Camp Junior Counselors. This is an educational/training position that will involve being paired up with one or more counselors and weekly feedback/evaluation. Other assignments may be required.

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 Woodvale Farm. This 19th century farm, with its diverse livestock, scenic pastures, organic gardens, historical barn, and farm classroom, provides an ideal day camp setting. The Eco-Zone Ecology Day Camp uses the botanically unique Nettie Marie Jones Nature Preserve which has woodland and swamp trails, fields, wildflower meadows, brooks, and a classroom building all adjacent to 75 acre Lake Eisenhower. Day Campers participate in outdoor lessons in farming, animal care, gardening, colonial history, and ecology. Older day campers participate in an overnight campout. The Overnight Camp facilities include a knotty pine dining lodge with fieldstone fireplaces, hardwood floors, and five meeting rooms. The six cabins have electricity, bunk beds, hot showers, and lavatory facilities. Each cabin sleeps between sixteen and twenty campers. Outdoor Skills campers stay in platform tents near the Teen Expeditions base camp.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have experience working with children. Previous summer camping experience is preferred. Requires demonstrated maturity, energy, enthusiasm, excellent communication skills and an interest in the environment and education. Experience leading songs and telling stories is helpful. CPR and First Aid are recommended but not required. Must be 15 years or older and have completed the 9th grade for Day Camp, 16 years old or older and have completed the 10th grade for Overnight Camp before the first week of employment. Compensation: Compensation for Day Camp includes $100 per week. Compensation for Overnight Camp includes $120 per week. Transportation is required to camp or the shuttle bus stop (when shuttle space is available) each day for day camp and to camp each Sunday and home on Friday for Overnight Camp.

Dates of Employment: Junior Counselors must work a minimum of 3 weeks during the summer. The summer work schedule will be determined by early June. All junior counselors must attend an orientation and training session in late June (unpaid). Closing Date: Application deadline is April 28th. Final applicants will be asked to attend an interview in early May. Final decisions will be made by the end of May. Please be aware that the application process is typically competitive due to the high number of applicants for limited positions. A new application and references must be submitted each summer as is required by the American Camp Association.

To Apply: Send application form and two letters of reference to Junior Counselor Program, 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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