To apply: email your resume, cover letter and 2 references to:

info@highlandsnaturefriends.org


If you have questions or would like to speak with someone before applying,

please contact Anne at: 973-835-2160



Summer Nature Camp Director - Full-Time/Seasonal

Application close day:  4/1/19
Hours:  Full time, weekdays from 8am-4pm
Compensation:  Competitive hourly wage, commensurate with experience. Possibility for onsite housing

We are seeking a Camp Director with a passion for connecting children with nature. She/he will oversee and execute a dynamic outdoor camp program that provides a high-quality experience for campers and strengthens their relationship with the natural world. There are 2 consecutive camp sessions:

     1)  6-week session, July 8-August 16, for ages 6-12     2)  1-week camp, August 19-23, for ages 12-14

Prior to the start of camp, the Camp Director will review and update the portfolio of daily lessons, crafts, games and activities; review and update the staff handbook and parents manual; prepare and conduct camp staff training. After the completion of camp, he/she will conduct a parent and camper survey; complete and file NJ Department of Health Youth Camp paperwork; prepare a summary analysis and provide recommendations for future camps.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the logistics and execution of the daily programs and activities. Lead daily activities, including games, arts & crafts, teambuilding, hiking and a featured daily lesson.
  • Ensure all camp policies, rules and regulations are followed and in compliance with NJ DOH Youth Camp Operator requirements, including camper and staff health and safety.
  • Supervise counselors and coordinate daily staff schedules.
  • Handle camp registration and invoicing. Ensure all required forms are completed, reviewed and filed in accordance with NJ DOH standards.
  • Become familiar with the property, including the unique history and background and hiking trails.
  • Coordinate with the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool, where campers swim 2-3 times/week.
  • Ensure that the buildings and grounds remain clean, and maintain and organize inventory of camp supplies and equipment.
  • Communicate with families regarding camper experiences, program highlights, concerns and issues. Resolve conflicts between campers in a caring and positive manner.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Previous experience working in an outdoor summer camp program(s) in a leadership role.
  • 2+ years of college coursework in biology, ecology, education, environmental studies, or related field; degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world, including local flora and fauna (native and invasive plants, bird identification, stream ecology, forest ecosystems, etc.)
  • Must be responsible, motivated, creative, adaptable and able to communicate effectively with all ages
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Requirements:

  • Valid First Aid and CPR/AED certificate, or willingness to get certified.
  • Must pass a criminal background and sex offender check prior to start date.
  • Must have own transportation and a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to hike 3+ miles over uneven terrain in all weather conditions.



​Environmental Educator/Naturalist – Part-time/Year-round
Application close date:  3/15/19

Hours:  10-15 hours/week; possibility for additional hours for field trips, special programs and events. Hours are flexible and include weekdays/weekends
Compensation:  Competitive hourly wage, commensurate with experience. Possibility for onsite housing

We are seeking an Educator/Naturalist to develop and run natural science, environmental education and STEM programs for K-12 schools field trips, homeschoolers, scouts, community groups, and the general public. He/she will take an active role in promoting the nonprofit New Weis Center as an environmental education, arts and recreation resource for the area. The Educator should project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with Board members, staff, interns, volunteers, program participants, visitors and the community.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Learn and deliver existing nature-based education programs and curriculum. Programs include hands-on lessons, hikes, arts & crafts, teambuilding activities and games.
  • Develop new programming, including curriculum lesson plans, games and activities.
  • Participate in all aspects of education programming, including: scheduling, maintaining records, leading programs, and follow-up.
  • Field trips: Develop relationships with area schools and homeschoolers for K-12. Responsibilities include scheduling, pre-trip communication, invoicing, purchase orders, staff training, setup/ cleanup, and leading the programs. Includes post-trip evaluation and follow-up.
  • Public programs: Develop and lead programs for all ages about the ecology, environment, flora and fauna, and natural history of the area.
  • Scouts: Develop and run programs, including merit badges/patches, guided hikes and nature programs; assist with coordination of service projects.
  • Maintain inventory of field trip and education supplies and materials.
  • Coordinate and supervise support staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Fill in for day camp counselors as needed.
  • Assist with education related grant applications.
  • Assist with planning and presenting special events, including Earth Day, Farmers Markets, etc.


Qualifications:

  • Experience developing outdoor education programs and curriculum, and leading programs for all ages.
  • Background in natural sciences, environmental education, education or related field; degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the natural world, including local flora and fauna (native and invasive plants, bird identification, stream ecology, forest ecosystems, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate to people of different ages and abilities.
  • Confidence in public speaking, leading a group, initiating activities, and working independently.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and flexible.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team, with minimal supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Requirements:

  • Valid First Aid and CPR/AED certificate, or willingness to get certified.
  • Must pass a criminal background and sex offender check prior to start date.
  • Must have own transportation and a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to hike 3+ miles over uneven terrain in all weather conditions.




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