Conservation Education Camp Counselors are at the heart of our residential summer camp program, which has been running for over half a century. Many of our staff are former campers, and they bring a passion for sharing ‘camp magic’ and a love of nature with the next generation. The counselor’s primary role is to teach and supervise campers. They live in an assigned cabin with a co-counselor and a small group of campers for whom they are responsible. Counselors teach lessons on field, forest, aquatic habitats, and human impacts, often working with a second counselor as co-instructor. Counselors do crafts, perform skits, sing songs, and entertain campers throughout the week while ensuring their safety. Counselors are on call 24 hours/day during the camp week, but they get one 4-hour block of time off sometime between Monday-Thursday during camp, and then have Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning off.
Specific duties include, but not limited to:
- Supervise the campers on a 24-hour basis; are responsible for the well being and health of the campers;
- Instruct the campers in the core environmental science curricula; and
- Responsible for the planning and conducting of recreational activities, including maintaining camp inventories.
- Counsel campers who become homesick or disruptive.
- Assist in the purchasing, inventory and delivery of supplies, materials and equipment.
- Supervise waterfront activities.
- Support and assist other counselors in the development and completion of camp activities.
- Administer first aid to campers if necessary.
- Supervise and implement overnight camp-outs.
- Develop and implement education recreation and work projects.
Conservation Education Camp Counselors must have 60 semester college credit hours, including at least 12 semester credit hours in natural resources, environmental studies, environmental education, outdoor recreation, STEM: Science (biology, chemistry, computer, earth, environmental, and physics) Technology Engineering Mathematics, elementary-middle-secondary-special education, or camp management or two years of work experience in natural resources, biological sciences, geology, environmental studies, environmental sciences, environmental education, outdoor recreation, elementary-middle-secondary-special education, or camp management.
Conservation Education Camp Counselors must be certified in approved first aid courses as required by the NYS Department of Health, such as American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or equivalent and in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or equivalent. The CPR/AED certification must be in its first year. You may apply without certifications, must have them before hiring. CPR classes that meet DOH approval are here: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/camps/cpr.htm
First aid class list (TOP of the table ONLY – for residential programs) https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/camps/firstaid.htm
Depending upon individual assignments, certification in areas such as American Red Cross Water Safety Instruction or Life Guard with Waterfront Module may be required. May be required to serve as Conservation Education Camp Health Director alternate if you have a New York State Emergency Medical Technician or higher level of certification, such as licensed practical nurse, registered nurse or physician’s assistant.
Must have and maintain a current Driver’s License