Camp Counselor and First Aid 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 Camp Counselor and First Aid Director for our Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp. During this residential summer program campers and staff sleep aboard a 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 including supervising campers ages 8-15 on Dyer Dhow sailboats, supervising Counselors-in-Training, and implementing evening activities. This position is also responsible for overseeing all medication and medication administration for campers. The position requires great leadership and organizational 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. Room and board included, meals provided while camp is in session. The first aid director works 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
Organizes and oversees all medication for campers each week
Administers first aid and dispenses prescribed medications on a daily basis
Maintains first aid supplies and logbook
Keeps accurate records, in particular the heath records for all staff, volunteers, leaders, and trainees
Communicates with parents in a timely fashion as needed
Assists in day-to-day responsibilities of a residential camp
Assist with camp activities
Create lesson plans activities
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
Participate with activities, lead transition times and supervise campers
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
At least 21 years of age
Current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR and AED certification (training provided)
Administration of Medication certification (training provided)
Connecticut Safe boating certification (training provided)
Experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings
Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
Integrity, patience, adaptability, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Organization skills
Responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

Previous experience with administering medication
US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification (or willingness to obtain – training provided)
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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