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Interim Camp Director

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Prescott Farm is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and preservation. We provide year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place in the Lakes Region community that encourages curiosity, discovery, fun and connection to the natural world.

Founded in 1997 as Prescott Conservancy, Inc. d/b/a Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Prescott Farm has helped awaken appreciation for nature and concern for the environment in thousands of program participants. We offer a wide range of programs designed to preserve and pass down knowledge and skills that encourage an understanding of the natural systems that sustain us all and respect for the environment.

During the summer and school vacation weeks, our environmentally-themed WildQuest Camps have offered children ages 4-14 the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow in nature since 1997.

Since 2015 our nature-based preschool, Fledglings Preschool at Prescott Farm, has offered children ages 3 to 5 the educational foundation they need to succeed in school while awakening in each child a natural curiosity and respect for nature which is at the core of every preschool lesson.

Our Naturalist in the Classroom program supports teachers in local schools to provide place-based, hands-on lessons that incorporate the natural world to satisfy curriculum requirements and help keep children engaged and excited about learning throughout the school year.

Prescott Farm is also an ideal destination for school field trips from around New Hampshire, with innovative topics and programs available year-round, from winter animal tracking to Maple Sugaring in March to our magnificent trees and more!

Prescott Farm –exploring and preserving the natural world, one adventure at a time.

Visit us at: www.prescottfarm.org


The Interim Camp Director oversees planning, implementation and evaluation of the  WildQuest program at Prescott Farm which offers vacation day camps during the weeks of February and April vacation as well as 9 weeks of summer day camp for children ages 4-14. 

Upon completion of a three month probationary period, the successful Interim Camp Director may be offered the Camp Director position, a full-time, year-round position with benefits (35 hours/week except during 11 weeks of camp when the requirement will be for 40 hours/week).  The Camp Director’s time is dedicated to camp outreach, planning, and implementation from the end of March through August and during one week in February.   During the rest of the year, the position is split 60%/40% between the above listed camp activities and working as an environmental educator at Prescott Farm and in area schools.   

Requirements:
  • Minimum of five to seven years of education experience to include elements of environmental, wilderness, and/or outdoor education
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, Master’s Degree preferred – in environmental education, outdoor education, or related field
  • Experience in environmental educational program planning, development and implementation
  • Creative and enthusiastic program development and presentation skills
  • Experience working with people of all ages in an outdoor environmental education setting
  • 2 or more years’ experience as a camp director in a similar setting preferred
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • High-level first aid training (Wilderness First Responder Certification preferred)
  • Ability to do moderate level hiking and snowshoeing
  • Strong naturalists skills and demonstrated understanding of New England natural history
  • Solid organizational skills with regard to coordinating and scheduling programs, projects, maintaining files, reports and databases
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and supervise staff
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software and comfort learning and using online database
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Must pass a criminal background check
Responsibilities:

During Camp

  • Oversee the smooth daily operation of camp including maintaining necessary paperwork, facilitating opening/closing circle, all-camp projects, quests, and guest speakers, and supervising camp staff to keep facilities, program materials/equipment neat and organized throughout.
  • Supervise camp staff including:
    • Conduct weekly meetings during summer camp to discuss curriculum/plans and review camper issues
    • Provide training and education for upcoming sessions
    • Facilitate resolution of any disagreements or issues that arise between camp staff
    • Create a weekly schedule for camp staff (including coverage for before/after care)
    • Ensure that organization of spaces/resources/materials is maintained throughout the summer
  • Enforce camp safety rules and regulations/state camp licensing requirements and meet with State camp inspector (random visit during the summer) to go over license compliancy checklist.
  • Be the “face” of camp for parents – be available at drop-off and check-in to talk with them if necessary

Off-Season

  • Plan and facilitate February, April, and Summer WildQuest Camp sessions including:
    • determining weekly themes and activities in collaboration with full-time educators
    • coordinating all-camp projects and special guests for summer camp
    • identifying and coordinating for the purchase of any materials needed
    • planning games & Quests
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on annual camp budget
  • Be familiar with all NH DES Youth Recreation Camp License requirements and maintain Prescott Farm’s compliance with them.  Apply for annual license renewal.
  • Work with marketing staff to promote camp and drive enrollment including:
    • distributing flyers
    • offering presentations to libraries, schools, seasonal residents and second homeowner communities, etc.
    • attending camp fairs to promote camp
    • communicating with camp families throughout the year to keep them engaged
  • Design camp flyer & update registration paperwork (annually)
  • Make any updates/additions to the camp staff manual (annually)
  • Administer the camp registration process using our online CampDoc registration software and collaborate with our bookkeeper whenever necessary 
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on scholarship grant opportunities and assist Executive Director and/or scholarship committee with scholarship determinations
  • Work with Education Director to recruit and hire camp staff (post jobs, schedule and conduct interviews, etc.)
  • Conduct camp staff training
  • Coordinate summer camp t-shirt design, ordering & printing
  • Conduct evaluations at the end of camp sessions and summer camp season
  • Participate in activities/trainings offered by organizations such as NH Camp Directors Association and NH Environmental Educators (NHEE) to ensure that Prescott Farm is following best practices
  • Prepare for and seek ACA accreditation for WildQuest Camp at Prescott Farm
  • Assist with other on-site educational programs (such as festivals & field trips) as necessary
  • Implement Naturalist-in-the-Classroom programs including maintaining necessary annual paperwork, providing resources for teachers, modeling place-based and inquiry learning through teaching, assisting schools with correlating curriculum to NH Frameworks, keeping records of time spent on programs.

Other

  • Participate in weekly PFEEC staff and/or management meetings
  • Participate in annual all-staff events including Harvest Festival, Solstice Lantern Festival, and Volunteer appreciation dinner
  • Other duties as assigned
How to Apply:

Please send letter of interest, resume, and three references via e-mail to Jude Hamel, Executive Director, at jhamel@prescottfarm.org with the subject line ‘Camp Director’.

Job Location:

Laconia

Date Added: May 25, 2018

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