Camp Counselor, 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 three camp counselors 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 including supervising Counselors-in-Training and campers, and implementing evening activities. This position is responsible for creating and implementing all afternoon and evening activities; counselors will not be responsible for instructing sailing but may be asked to be on-water support. The position requires great leadership skills and the ability to work well with children. Room and board is included, meals provided while camp is in session. This position may be used as internship credit based on your college or university’s requirements. Camp Counselors work Sunday-Friday, mostly in the afternoon and evenings, this 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
Prepare lessons for campers
Maintain an inventory of all supplies and materials
Assist with check-in/out of campers
Assists in day-to-day 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
Maintain close communication with group leaders to ensure smooth program operations
Participate with activities and help facilitate transition times and supervise campers
Create lesson plans for all land based activities
Create lessons for apprenticeship programs
Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
Maintain logbook daily

Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 10, 2020
Job Requirements
At least 18 years of age
Strong organizational skills
Current American Red Cross First Aid, and CPR certification (training provided)
Experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings; ability to engage children and youth in a dynamic and energetic manner
A 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
Responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

Previous residential camp experience
Connecticut Safe Powerboating Certification (training provided)
Experience driving a powerboat in an instructional setting (training provided)
Lifeguarding Certification
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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