Employment Opportunities

CAMP INSTRUCTOR (Full-time, Summer, Temporary, Hourly, Non exempt)

Job Title: Camp Instructor
Effective Dates: Summer Camp, various weeks between June 18th – August 24th 2018
Reports To: Camp Director
Salary Level: Salary depending upon experience, ranging between $12.00 -$14.00 per hour
Employment Status: Temporary, Hourly, Non exempt

Position Summary:
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks Camp Instructors for lead teaching positions at the WildQuest Camps. Instructors are responsible for daily supervision and instruction of campers aged 4-14. Topics include but are not limited to: natural and physical science, sensory awareness, and team building. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment. Camp Instructors are required to attend weekly staff meetings which take place during the camp day, and may be asked to provide supervision during AM or PM extended care (8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m., and 4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m.). Camp Instructors are also asked to act as mentor counselors to our LIT (Leadership-in-Training) campers. Throughout the week, Instructors will have 1-3 LITs join their camper group and act as role-model campers. We ask Instructors to help provide feedback to the LITs and the LIT Supervisor. WildQuest Summer Camp employment involves working various weeks June 18th – August 24th including the mandatory week-long training session on Monday June 18th through Friday June 22nd from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Instructors typically work Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. with the exception of
extended care coverage. Candidate availability may affect hiring decisions.

Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise campers’ safety on a daily basis.
  • Lead programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics to groups of 12 campers (ages 4-14).
  • Participate in working AM and PM extended care coverage on a rotating schedule.
  • Lead facilitator of group and behavioral management of campers.
  • Assist the Camp Director with preparing lesson plans and materials.
  • Share in maintenance of program equipment.
  • Successfully mentor and foster opportunities for successful interaction between campers and LIT (Leadership-In-Training) campers.
  • Lead campers in a variety of team-building activities as well as other games and activities for campers.
  • Participate in camp staff meetings.
  • Help build a sense of community among campers.
  • Enhance existing curriculum with creative and thought-provoking ideas and activities.
  • Conduct programming indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather.
  • Employ inquiry-based teaching methods to stimulate learning.
  • 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.
  • Dress accordingly to meet dress code requirements (as stated in camp staff manual)

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and completed one year of college before the start of employment, consideration will be given to candidates 19-20 years of age based on camp experience
  • First aid and CPR certification required prior to the start of camp.
  • Experience/interest in working with children. Previous camp experience or teaching experience is preferred.
  • Sincere interest in the natural and environmental sciences, outdoor skills, and/or education.4
  • Ability to model responsible behavior to campers.
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation.
  • Ability to inspire a passion for science and nature in campers.
  • Ability to function comfortably outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (cold, snow, rain, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.
  • 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 New Hampshire Departmentof Environmental Services and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of camp.
  • Pass a background check according to Prescott Farm’s guidelines.

To Apply:
Submit a letter of interest, resume and three references via e-mail to Kate Banyas, Camp Director at [email protected] with “Camp Instructor Application” in the subject line.
Review begins March 2nd, 2018, applications accepted until position is filled.Position Summary:

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CAMP COUNSELOR (Full-time, Summer, Temporary, Hourly, Non exempt)

Effective Dates: Summer Camp, various weeks between June 18th – August 24th 2018

Reports To: Camp Director

Salary Level: $8.00 – $12.00 per hour

Employment Status: Temporary, Hourly, Non exempt

Position Summary:

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks Camp Counselors for teaching positions at the WildQuest Camps. Counselors are responsible for daily supervision and instruction of campers aged 4-14. Topics include but are not limited to: natural and physical science, sensory awareness, and team building. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment. WildQuest Summer Camp employment involves working various weeks June 18th – August 24th including the mandatory week-long training session on Monday June 18th through Friday June 22nd from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Candidate availability may affect hiring decisions. Counselors typically work Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.

Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Supervise campers’ safety on a daily basis.
  • Assist with teaching programs and activities for campers on a variety of science and nature topics to groups of 12 campers (ages 4-14).
  • Assist with group and behavioral management of campers.
  • Help prepare lesson plans and materials.
  • Share in maintenance of program equipment.
  • Lead campers in a variety of team-building activities as well as other games and activities for campers.
  • Provide activities and supervision during extended care hours when asked.
  • Participate in camp staff meetings.
  • Help build a sense of community among campers.
  • Enhance existing curriculum with creative and thought-provoking ideas and activities.
  • Conduct programming indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather.
  • Employ inquiry-based teaching methods to stimulate learning.
  • 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.
  • Dress accordingly to meet dress code requirements (as stated in camp staff manual)

 Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years old by the start date of Summer Camp
  • Experience/interest in working with children. Previous camp experience or teaching experience is preferred.
  • Sincere interest in the natural and environmental sciences, outdoor skills, and/or education.
  • Ability to model responsible behavior to campers.
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation.
  • Ability to inspire a passion for science and nature in campers.
  • First aid/CPR/babysitting certification desirable (but not required).
  • Ability to function comfortably outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (cold, snow, rain, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.
  • 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 New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of camp.
  • Pass a background check according to Prescott Farm’s guidelines.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, resume and three references via e-mail to Kate Banyas, Camp Director at [email protected]  with “Camp Counselor Application” in the subject line.

Review begins March 2nd, 2018, applications accepted until position is filled.


NATURE-BASED PRESCHOOL SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Summary: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks on-call Substitute Teachers for its nature-based preschool program for children ages 3-5.

Prescott Farm’s educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment.  Substitute Teachers will support whole child development through play and exploration while delivering sound, developmentally appropriate instruction to inspire and nurture the young learners, while respecting individual children’s needs.

Program Description: Fledglings, our Nature-Based Preschool Program, is part of Prescott Farm, a non-profit environmental education center located on White Oaks Road in Laconia, NH.  Fledglings offers an integrated Nature-Based Curriculum for 3-5 year olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week. The majority of the students’ days are spent outside in all weather.

Responsibilities:

  • Upon arrival, review Substitute Folder which gives the daily schedule, routines, basic expectations and specific lesson plans left by the teacher who is absent. In addition to sub plans, there will also be materials needed for the specific lesson outline.
  • Sign in and out on the required licensing attendance sheet.
  • Arrive prepared for outside lessons and have appropriate clothing for all types of weather during all seasons.
  • Attend training to become familiar with basic classroom rules and routines, state licensing law as it pertains to teacher responsibilities, Prescott Farm rules and regulations, emergency and safety procedures.
  • Be part of the team. Other team members will support and inform the substitute throughout the day as needed when questions arise.

Education and Experience:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Prior experience/training in early childhood education
  • High School diploma
  • Be certified/ trained in CPR or be willing to do so
  • Must pass a criminal background check

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to: Jayne Hastings, Preschool Director at [email protected].  No phone calls, please.


FIELD TEACHERS (Part-time)

Summary: Field teachers at Prescott Farm will lead small groups of students from area schools in hands-on discovery of ecological concepts and occasionally lead or co-lead non-school group programs. Field teachers encourage program participants’ awareness of, and sense of connection to, the natural world, as well as foster a sense of wonder and a sense of place.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend field teacher training classes (2 day initial training and occasional professional development)
  • Observe/shadow experienced environmental educators leading programs
  • Lead groups of 10-20 students
  • Guide student investigation through hands-on activities
  • Assist staff in organization of program materials
  • Convey Prescott Farm’s mission through our educational programs
  • Participate in planning and/or organizational meetings as needed

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Teaching experience/or experience working with children
  • Basic natural history science background, local natural history a plus
  • Interest in natural history and environmental education
  • Enthusiasm & creativity
  • Must be responsible and prompt
  • Successful completion of Field Teacher training
  • Flexible schedule is a must (we need staff for both weekday and weekend programs)
  • Must pass a background check

Status: Part-time, on an as-needed basis
Compensation: Hourly, TBD based on experience

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest and your resume via e-mail to Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director, [email protected]