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Employment Opportunities for 2015

We are currently accepting applications for the positions listed below for this summer. Apply by by clicking the Employment Application button. We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Descriptions are as follows:

Camp Counselor – Outdoor Recreation and Dormitory

The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute is dedicated to providing marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island.  Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and by extension the living systems of our oceans and planet.

We are seeking a few well-qualified camp counselors with experience who will be responsible for co-planning and facilitating afternoon and evening programming on a wide variety of topics including sports, arts and crafts, initiative games, team building, campfires, and environmental science. Evening program is designed to foster self-esteem and group dynamics. Must have strong team building, group facilitation, and conflict resolution skills. In addition, job includes living with and supervising campers in a dorm and managing all aspects of dorm life. Camp counselors will have free time during much of the daytime to explore the island while the campers are in the field.

Requirements: outdoor recreation background, strong leadership and organizational experience; ability to motivate others; willingness and ability to foster self-esteem, cooperation, and responsibility in campers; desire to live with and spend time with campers; creativity; patience; positive and innovative attitude; strong work ethic; flexibility; sense of humor; CPR/ First Aid; Canadian citizens will be required to be licensed to drive a 15 passenger van.  Environmental or marine science teaching background a plus. A few whale / sail trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions are provided. Salary based on experience.

Responsibilities:
  • Manage all aspects of dorm life: unpacking/ packing, conflict resolution, homesickness, bedtime, communications w/ parents.
  • Keep dorms clean, well organized and safe
  • Live in dorm to manage camper behavior.
  • Administer medications to the campers in your dorm that need it at breakfast, dinner and before bedtime. Record this information in the First Aid log book
  • Plan and facilitate evening programs: group sports, team building games, new games, art activities, night hikes, environmental debates, campfires
  • Plan and facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Structure the time and activities with campers to keep campers safe and productive
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for campers
  • Communicate with parents as requested by Directors
  • Communicate effectively with other staff members on a daily basis
  • Keep art supplies organized and filled
  • Maintain personal first aid kit. Provide first aid as needed for injuries
  • Dispense camper money accurately from the bank when necessary
  • Pick up and drop off mail as needed
  • Help with general camp maintenance
  • Participate in travel and transportation days of students as needed
  • Supervise big clean days and packing days
  • Responsible for set up and break down of science center as assigned
  • Complete one summer project to enhance the program. Directors must approve this project.
  • Update the evening program notebook / curriculum along with the other ORD counselor.
  • Maintain and display a positive and encouraging attitude at all times

Camp Counselor - Environmental Science Instructor:

The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute is dedicated to providing marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island.  Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and by extension the living systems of our oceans and planet.

We are seeking a few well qualified camp counselors with experience in outdoor environmental instruction and some background in marine science to plan and carry out activities for our campers ages 10-17 at our residential marine science, nature, adventure camp. Daytime program includes observations and activities based on marine ecosystems of the Bay of Fundy. Topics include marine mammal biology, tidal ecology, geology, ornithology, culture and history of the Canadian martimes and the dynamic processes of the ecosystem in the Bay of Fundy. Our programs also include hiking, sailing and kayaking.

Camp counselors are responsible for facilitating daytime field experiences and environmental learning activities on land and at sea. Our core curriculum provides fun, innovative, hands-on, discovery oriented educational, and meaningful lessons in topics that include: marine science, geology, forest ecology, botany, oceanography, coastal / island ecology and ornithology. Lesson planning and curriculum development is essential.

Requirements: related degree; experience with and enthusiasm for working with youth in an outdoor setting; demonstrated leadership, teaching and facilitation skills; confirmed knowledge of a variety of outdoor science activities and skills; familiarity with team building and group dynamics activities to foster self-esteem and cooperation among campers; desire to be a member of a shared working and living environment; strong work ethic; positive attitude; flexibility; creativity; sense of humor; CPR/ First Aid; Canadian citizens will be required to be licensed to drive a 15 passenger van.  A number of whale / sail trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions are provided. Salary is based on experience.

Responsibilities include:
  • Plan and facilitate daily science and adventure education program for students
  • Plan and facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Structure camper time and activities to keep campers safe and productive
  • Enforce safety regulations and provide emergency first-aid assistance when needed
  • Administer medications to the campers in your group that need it during the daytime program. Record this information in the First Aid log book
  • Dispense camper money from the bank and keep track of bank balance for your students.
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for campers
  • Communicate with parents as requested by Directors
  • Communicate effectively with all staff on a daily basis
  • Participate in travel and transportation of students
  • Maintain science equipment
  • Responsible for set up and break down of science center as assigned
  • Maintain personal first aid kit
  • Take on one additional responsibility i.e. group pictures with names, orientation facilitation, etc. when needed
  • Help with general camp maintenance
  • Provide proper camper supervision
  • Assist with big clean days, packing and unpacking.
  • Complete one summer project to enhance the program. Directors must approve project.
  • Add 5 professional quality lesson plans to existing program notebooks
  • Participate in Program Planning / Curriculum Development  / Staff Meetings
  • Maintain and display a positive and encouraging attitude at all times

Assistant Director / Logistics Coordinator:

The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute is dedicated to providing marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island.  Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and by extension the living systems of our oceans and planet.

We are seeking a highly qualified individual to manage the logistics and scheduling of campers and staff at our residential science, nature, adventure camp. Program includes sailing, kayaking, observation and study of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, puffins, eagles, tidal zones and the dynamic ecosystem in the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Specialty programs include adult and teacher workshops.

Requirements: Job includes Much of your time will be spent working in the office. Must have strong leadership and organizational background, computer skills, enthusiasm for working with youth and adults in an outdoor setting, ability to motivate others, demonstrated ability to facilitate group dynamics and manage staff in an outdoor camp environment. Must be flexible, willing to work long hours, creative, patient, have a positive attitude, and sense of humor. CPR/ First Aid. Minimum age 24; Canadian citizens will be required to be licensed to drive a 15 passenger van. Room and board provided as well as a few whale / sail trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions. Salary based on experience.

Responsibilities:

Overseeing and coordinating the smooth flow of day and evening programming including but not limited to:

  • Arrange schedule for all daily and evening programs for student and adult programs
  • Coordinate trips and programs with Island Contractors
  • Confirm all programs the morning that they occur along with PD
  • Arrange day off and duty schedule for all staff
  • Coordinate all programs with kitchen staff
  • Coordinate teaching group lists, medical lists, housing lists and transportation lists
  • Prepare travel and transportation days when needed
  • Participate in travel and transportation days as needed
  • Facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Assist with planning and facilitating orientation activities at Swallowtail Lighthouse.
  • Facilitate all staff meetings assisting Program Director
  • Communicate with parents regarding invoices, missing forms and other logistics
  • Organize, maintain and update all camper forms for student and adult program
  • Provide first aid as needed for injuries
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for staff and campers
  • Maintain personal first aid kit
  • Assist with general camp maintenance
  • Assist teaching with day and evening programming as needed
  • Work in the office each day answering phones and doing whatever is needed
  • Oversee camper bank for each session
  • Order more supplies for the store as needed
  • Maintain and display a positive and encouraging attitude at all times

The Whale Camp, Inc. | 54 Academy Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536 | Phone: (610) 399-1463