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Part-Time Seasonal Camp Counselor Position

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Hourly Rate: $15.00/hour

Schedule: May 17, 2021 ideally through September 3, 2021, accommodations for school schedules may be possible. Work hours generally M-F, 9-5 for training and 8-4 for camp, though some weeks may vary.

Job Location: Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001

 

Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to teach children in an outdoor setting, inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect nature, and encourage curiosity and scientific inquiry.

The scope of work includes a variety of technical and administrative services that allows the Nature Center to function well, and to provide residents, business owners, and visitors with quality public service. All work is completed in accordance with the ordinances and other laws of the Township and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Assignments and technical supervision is received through the Director of Briar Bush or a Supervisor.

 

Tasks:

  • Interact pleasantly with residents, customers and the general public

  • Ability to provide skills assistance to participants

  • Actively participate in all aspects of camp training

  • Report to the Director of Public Programs (Supervisor) for all aspects of Summer Camp

  • Plan and prepare environmental education lessons

  • Cooperate with other staff regarding camp content and logistics

  • Act as primary educator for a maximum of 5 campers ages 4-6 or a maximum of 8 campers ages 6-12 each day on a rotational basis with other staff

  • Handle and use a variety of domesticated and non-releasable wildlife in camp programs

  • Manage and evaluate teenage camp volunteers

  • Communicate professionally with camp parents

  • Keep necessary records for camp programming and management

  • Maintain clean, organized camp spaces and equipment

  • Perform other program duties, as needed

  • ​Interact with department employees, the public, governmental, and Township officials in a courteous and professional manner at all times

  • Operate office equipment

  • Other related duties as necessary to support the Parks and Recreation Department

Job Standards (Minimum qualifications needed to perform essential functions):

  • Ability to understand instructions

  • Organize and prioritize work load efficiently and effectively

  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail, able to follow directions

  • Strong computer skills

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated

  • Comfortable being the sole staff person on the premises when necessary

  • Valid PA Driver's License preferred

  • Handle personal and confidential information tactfully

  • Work well with others

  • Good ability to communicate orally and in writing

  • Employee must be able to pass a FBI, DHS ChildLine and PA State Police Criminal Background Checks and drug test

 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Employee must be self-motivated and perform tasks independently and often without direct supervision, although employee will have regular contact with Director and other assigned Managers

  • Strong commitment to excite and teach children about the natural world

  • Willingness to work with and handle live animals such as reptiles, insects, birds, and small mammals

  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to be reliable, flexible, and positive working in a group environment

  • Physically able to teach outdoors in the summer over forested terrain

  • Some knowledge of general rules of procedure

  • A demonstrated ability to work for more than one person

  • Possess excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with department personnel, managers, residents, and the general public

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions with frequent interruptions

Education and Experience:

  • Any combination of education that results in employee achieving the functions of the job satisfactorily, with, as a minimum, one year of college/professional experience in biology, education, recreation, or related field and experience working with children, preferably in a camp setting

  • Holds First Aid/CPR Certification or ability to pass First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Customer service experience preferred

For questions, contact Melissa Eldridge, Director of Public Programs, at melissa@briarbush.org or call (215) 887-6603.

To apply, click here. Be sure to upload a resume and type Camp Counselor - Briar Bush Nature Center in Position applying for field. 

Natural Lands Management Internship

Hours: This is an unpaid, part-time, seasonal internship. It requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Work schedule is flexible.

 

Educational enrichments: Interns will support a restoration project funded through PA DCNR’s TreeVitalize program and Briar Bush to remove non-native plants and plant over 300 native trees and shrubs. They will receive experience in natural land management techniques, including training and practice in:

  • Native and non-native invasive plant identification

  • Manual control practices for non-native plants

  • Pruning and/or planting (depending on season) for restoration settings

A few suggested reading titles may be borrowed from the Center’s holdings. Interns learn about regional organizations, conferences, and other local networking opportunities and will be sent any related career information or opportunities of which the Briar Bush staff becomes aware.

 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Identification and manual removal of invasive exotic plants

  • Watering, weeding, planting and/or mulching of native plantings

  • Trail maintenance (less than 1 mile system)

  • Working with youth and adult volunteers to perform grounds work

  • Occasional assistance with program setup and routine maintenance of buildings

 

Qualifications:

  • College coursework in horticulture, botany, environmental science, or related field

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs., walk on rough, uneven terrain, use vision to identify plants and safely use hand tools

 

Legal Requirements: Interns who have direct contact with minors must obtain a PA Criminal and Child Abuse Check and/or other background checks. This may not apply to all interns. Background checks are performed online and are free or reimbursable for interns.


Contact: Mark Fallon, Senior Naturalist, mark@briarbush.org.

Deadline: Open until filled

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