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Summer Camp Lead Counselor

Strawbery Banke Museum

Strawbery Banke Museum (SBM) is a 10-acre living history museum located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The museum interprets daily life in the same historic waterfront neighborhood over 300+ years, making the 37 historic buildings accessible to a wide range of visitors one of our primary goals. A Visitors’ Center and a state-of-the-art Collections Center were built in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

Twenty-four business and community leaders from around region comprise the Board of Trustees.  The staff is comprised of 27 year-round and approximately 70 seasonal employees. The operational and capital expenditures range from $2-$3 million annually. Annual attendance is 90.000+ including 10,000 school children. Strawbery Banke hosts an ever-growing number of special events and programs for adults, children, and families throughout the year. Seasonal and holiday signature events are time-honored traditions that help make Portsmouth the vibrant destination it is.

Strawbery Banke is continually ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 “Thing to do in Portsmouth”, Yankee Magazine Editors’ Choice: Best of New England Classics “Best Historic Village” and the 2020 Best of the Seacoast in the Entertainment & Leisure category for Best Group Event/Tour/Activity.

Strategic Framework:
Strawbery Banke Museum:
A place to learn,
A place to gather,
A place to preserve.

Mission Statement:
To promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England waterfront neighborhood.

Toward that goal, Strawbery Banke Museum:

  • Acquires and conserves, for today's visitors and for future generations, historic buildings, objects, and other materials pertinent to its mission.
  • Conducts research aimed at placing local developments within the broader context of city, state, and national history.
  • Disseminates the results of that research to the public through exhibitions, publications, demonstrations, tours, symposia, workshops, and other educational activities and programs.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Strawbery Banke Museum is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, marital status, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), crime victim status, veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. SBM is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Job Description:
In conjunction with the Director of Education, Roleplaying Coordinator, Camp Assistants and Interns, develop and implement assigned summer camp programs.
Please visit our website for more information about our summer camp program:

Hours and status:
Part-time (7 hours/week from May 10 - June 20),
Full-time (35-40 hours/week, 5 days/week from June 21 - August 13),
Seasonal, Nonexempt, Hourly


Education and Skill Requirements:

  • Prior teaching experience required.
  • Knowledge of and interest in American history, especially New England culture and history preferred.
  • Ability to work enthusiastically with all children regardless of age and ability.
  • Ability to synthesize content and build interactive curriculum based on that content
  • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations
  • Positive attitude and ability to build respectful working relationships

Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Ability to work indoors and out, in locations that may be hot, cold, dusty, or drafty, in all weather conditions; and to work in older buildings
  • Eyesight sufficient to supervise children safely and implement crafts, cooking and other hands-on activities
  • Hearing sufficient to carry on a clear, two-way conversation with adults and children
  • Physical stamina sufficient to respond quickly to any emergency or camper difficulty, to maintain an attentive posture for several hours, and to otherwise fulfill the requirements of assigned tasks
  • Mobility sufficient to traverse uneven grounds and dirt roads in all weather on a timed schedule, to negotiate steps and/or ramps, and in some assignments, to lift, carry, and use objects such as hearth cooking equipment, firewood, weaving apparatus, etc.

Requirements of all Strawbery Banke Museum Staff:

  • Positive, collegial attitude and ability to work cooperatively with others at all levels of the organization including direct reports, colleagues, supervisor, volunteers, and visitors of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • SBM is committed to fostering a workplace that is truly equitable, inclusive, and accessible for a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and visitors.  It is an essential requirement that every SBM staff member actively contributes to a culture of empathy, dignity, trust, and respect.  Each person at SBM agrees to proactively prevent and address issues such as unconscious bias, harassment, gender disparity, racial inequity, political divisiveness, and barriers to accessibility. 

Required Working Conditions:

Camps will take place outdoors on the museum grounds following Strawbery Banke Museum’s COVID-19  guidelines for 2021 (additional details are provided in the SBM Employee Handbook). 

A group of tents will be provided for protection from the sun and rain, though some activities will take place without cover.  In case of weather in which being under tents does not provide adequate protection or in cases of extreme heat, activities will take place in a properly filtered and air conditioned indoor space. You will be required to spend some time in the Education Center gathering and preparing materials.

Must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Direct Reports:

1-2 Summer Camp Assistants and 1-2 Interns

  • Develop familiarity with interpretive topics and historical timeline of Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Create age appropriate activities that are both educational and engaging and adhere to an assigned theme
  • Gather supplies and materials needed for each activity and do a test run to be certain of success with campers
  • Complete lesson plans and a camp outlines to maintain a record of camp activities.
  • Help to ensure the welfare and safety of campers and collections
  • Act as liaison between camp families and SBM staff to ensure a positive experience
  • Participate in annual and ongoing training to build professional knowledge in historical content, interpretive techniques, and educational theory
  • Provide excellent customer service and relations to deliver an outstanding visitor experience
  • Maintain a professional demeanor; comply with stated personnel policies, cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
  • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule
How to Apply:

Application Instructions:

Email your resume and cover letter to:

Bekki Coppola
Director of Education

Candidates will be contacted directly; please no phone calls or emails to inquire on the status of your application.

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Date Added: April 22, 2021

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