Camp Counselor and Alternate Director, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp

Mystic, CT 06355
United States

Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description
Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a dynamic alternate director for our Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp. During this residential summer program campers and staff sleep aboard an historic full-rigged ship, the Joseph Conrad, learn to sail Dyer Dhows, and participate in fun activities in the evenings, including a Planetarium show, climbing the rigging, and more. This position is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day camp operation supervising campers ages 8-15 on Dyer Dhow and JY15 sailboats, supervising Counselors-in-Training, and implementing evening activities. The position requires great leadership skills; the ability to work well with children; the ability to assist the Director in supervising, training, and mentoring staff; communication with campers' parents; and excellent teamwork skills. Camp sessions run weekly from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Room and board included, meals provided while camp is in session. The alternate director works mostly evenings, Sunday-Friday as part of the camp staff which includes blocks of time off every day. A willingness to work a flexible schedule according to the needs of the camp is essential. One full weekend off during the summer is guaranteed. For more information about the camp visit:


Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
Assist the Director with the day-to-day operations of the program
Assist the Director with supervising and mentoring counselors and counselors-in-training
Help create and carry out the Apprentice Program: an in-depth week long study for campers interested in Marlinspike Seamanship, Art, Marine Science, Astronomy, or other interest areas
Ensure that all State camp licensing and safety protocols are followed
Assist the Director in serving as the liaison between parents and campers
Participate with activities, lead transition times, and supervise campers
Create lesson plans for on-water or land based activities
Assist with camp activities as needed
Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
Participate in basic equipment maintenance and other routine camp duties

Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 10, 2020.
Job Requirements
Must be 21 years of age
Current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification (training provided)
Either served at least one summer as a camp director or assistant director, have had at least 16 weeks administrative or supervisory experience in an organized camp, or completed equivalent administrative or supervisory training or experience in an organized youth program
Connecticut safe boating certification (training provided)
Experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings.
Practical knowledge of or experience in: summer camps; camp leadership and supervision; and staff management, development, and motivation
Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude
Integrity, patience, adaptability, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
Strong organizational and problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification (or willingness to obtain – training provided)
OUPV License
Experience driving powerboats in an instructional setting (training provided)
Lifeguarding Certification
Experience supervising a staff
Experience with residential summer camps
Small dinghy sailing experience

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
Position requires sufficient eyesight, hearing, and physical stamina to fulfill successfully the requirements of the Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Summer Camp program
Weekend and holiday work assignments are required
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