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13 Jan 2020

Other Outdoor 9-Month Lead Camp Counselor: Wake County

Schoolhouse of Wonder – Posted by schoolhouse Cary, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

Spring brings in frosty mornings growing warmer, with fiddleheads and tadpoles to discover. Summer ushers in a 12-week whirlwind of summer camps with laughter and songs echoing through the trees. Fall welcomes the changing leaves, the quieting forest, and crackling campfires.

A Lead Camp Counselor is an important member of our field team. They help create magical and impactful day camps for children ages 5-12. A Lead Counselor is a mentor worth remembering and emulating. A Lead Camp Counselor takes pride and joy in mentoring children through outdoor adventures, games, stories, and songs. These individuals can partner energy with patience and responsibility with fun.

A 9-month Lead Camp Counselor works throughout our main camp season which runs March through November.

As a Lead Camp Counselor, you’ll be spending your time:

-Leading a group of 2-3 staff members and 20-32 children in games, hikes, skill-based activities, river and creek explorations, storytelling, songs, building forts, whittling, and crafts;
-Mentoring and coaching Counselors, Junior Counselors, and Counselors-in-Training;
-Communicating with Schoolhouse staff and camp parents;
-Modeling Schoolhouse values;
-Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of participants;
-Working with your supervisor to develop camp schedules and activities, maintaining and preparing supplies, creating reports, and other office tasks as needed.

This position begins February 27th and runs through November 27th. Have plans for the fall? Check out our 6-Month Lead position.

General Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-Safeguard the physical, emotional, and intellectual safety of campers and students. Model Schoolhouse values like kindness, curiosity, and empathy. Patiently process conflict and disagreements.
-Participate in all aspects of programs using Schoolhouse methodologies. Actively engage participants and deliver consistent and exceptional supervision of children. Be a good example and role model at all times. Play the games, sing the songs, wade in the river, hide in the leaves, build forts, and enthusiastically join in on all aspects of our programs.
-Communicate with participants, their families, and other Schoolhouse staff. Create established lines of communication built on trust and empathy.
-Provide exemplary adherence to Schoolhouse’s values, policies, and procedures.
-Create and deliver activities. Partner with your team to create and run high-quality, exciting, nature-based activities and schedules.
-Prepare for programs. Take part in training and staff meetings. Prepare materials, create schedules, set up and break down programs, and clean and maintain program spaces.
-Set an excellent example in teaching and behavior management methods, work ethic, and attitude.
-Serve as a resource to other Schoolhouse staff in areas of special knowledge or interest.
-Mentor staff and Counselors-in-Training through giving and receiving feedback, modeling behavior, and creating a culture of growth.
-Be a leader. Run the games, tell the stories, and manage the group. Use and model behavior management techniques. Stay on schedule and manage your time. Create a culture of physical and emotional safety.
-Participate in marketing and promotional strategies and Schoolhouse events as requested.
-Professional Development. Work with your supervisor to create a professional development plan. This includes continuing education and familiarity with best practices.
-Elsewhere as needed. This list highlights major parts of a Camp Lead’s responsibilities, but there are plenty of other parts to the job!

You can find a description of the physical activities common in our field staff positions on our website
Please Apply If You…

-Are a high school graduate or equivalent and are at least 18 years of age by your first day of work
-Are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude
-Have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
-Have great verbal, interpersonal, and listening communication skills
-Desire a cooperative, team-oriented work atmosphere
-Have experience working with children and want to mentor them to find and be their best selves
-Are able and willing to provide and effectively act on feedback and guidance
-Have a passion for the outdoors and are comfortable working in the outdoors in all kinds of weather
-Are committed to Schoolhouse’s mission and values
-Take your work seriously but yourself, not so much

We require current pediatric and adult CPR and First Aid certification by the first day of work. We accept certifications from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).

Bonus points (or at least a high-five) if you have…

-A college degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, botany)
-Teaching experience
-Summer camp experience
-Knowledge and interest in plants, animals, geology, ecology, or cultural history
-Experience with experiential and inquiry-based learning techniques
-Skill-based training or certifications (Lifeguarding, EMT, etc.)
-English/Spanish bilingual fluency


9-Month Lead Camp Counselors report to the Site Manager in Wake, Durham, or Orange County.
A formal review conducted by the supervisor to establish and assess progress against employee goals. Ongoing feedback provided through regular supervision and work plan development/review sessions.

Office Location, Hours, Travel

The work of this 9-Month Lead Camp Counselor is typically performed at our Wake County locations. Work may also be performed at the Schoolhouse of Wonder office and our Durham or Orange locations. Travel to off-site locations is occasionally required.

Our Wake County locations include Umstead State Park (Reedy Creek entrance) at 2100 Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513 and Harris Lake County Park 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill, NC 27562.

The Schoolhouse of Wonder office is currently located at 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Suite 220, Durham, NC 27707.

Our Durham location is at West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 North Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704.

Our Orange County location is at Brumley Forest, 3223 New Hope Church Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.

Hours are dependent on organizational needs and vary depending on the season. Hours typically total between 32 hours and 50 hours per week and range from 7:30a – 6:00p Monday through Friday. Any hours worked beyond 45 during any single week will be classified as overtime. Occasional weekends and/or evenings may be required.


The wage range for this position is $11.50-$12.50 per hour. Benefits for 9-month, non-exempt employees include the following:
Insurance Benefits: We currently offer 50% paid health insurance or an equivalent health insurance stipend to 9-month employees
Paid Holidays: 9-month employees are eligible for up to 5 paid holidays per year

About Schoolhouse of Wonder

Founded in 1989, Schoolhouse of Wonder’s mission is to create kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures. We seek to achieve this mission through year-round, outdoor day camps, curriculum-aligned field trips, and leadership training for teenagers.

These core values guide our behavior and help us make decisions.
We model and teach self-awareness and empathy
We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard and respected
In nature, we’re all students
Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
We send every kid home dirty, tired and happy
Revenues: Approximately $1,000,000

How to Apply

Application Instructions This Lead Camp Counselor position closes on February 7, 2020. Only complete applications will be reviewed. To apply, first complete the 2020 Spring Applicant Info Sheet. Please email the following to Schoolhouse of Wonder at -A cover letter that explains your interest in working as a 9-Month Lead Camp Counselor at Schoolhouse of Wonder (maximum one page) -Your resume (maximum one page) -Please include your cover letter and resume as one document Current certification in CPR and First Aid and a successful background check are required before work can begin. Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references. This is an “at will” seasonal, non-exempt, hourly position that reports directly to the Site Manager of Wake, Durham, or Orange County. Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. We are fully invested in creating a supportive environment for all marginalized groups including women, people of color, and LGBT+ people by promoting community collaboration within our organization. Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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