Summer Camp Mentors

Job Summary
Summer Camp Mentors facilitate rich, authentic, hands-on learning experiences in nature-connection and
community-building, guiding children towards healthy and meaningful lives and active community and land
stewardship. Mentors guide and inspire each learner’s curiosity through: storytelling, thanksgiving, celebration,
making crafts, art of questioning, singing songs, sharing naturalist knowledge, modeling the 3-cares (Caring for
yourself, others, and the Earth) and various stewardship projects. Mentors work as a team to inspire one other to
grow personally and professionally and to creatively and continuously improve the student experience.


Collaboration
● Mentors reports directly to the Youth Programs Director and the Field Director.
● Mentors do not directly oversee any staff.
● Mentors works closely with one another and the Field Director and Youth Programs director to form a
teaching team and to innovate and improve the curriculum and program design and implementation to
maximize the student experience.
● Mentors work collaboratively with administrative staff to connect on business matters that relate to the
programs and the overall functioning of the organization.
● Mentors interface regularly with families and the larger community and therefore carry a lot of
responsibility in the way of promoting and demonstrating the caring values and culture expressed at
EarthWalk.


Schedule
This is a full-time, seasonal position requiring 40 hours/week; 8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday for the duration of
the summer, with the option of working only selected weeks of summer.
Job Responsibilities
Education & Field Work
● Attend Pre-camp staff days, June 12-14
● Mentor children ages 6 - 12 in meaningful learning experiences based on the EarthWalk Nature
Mentoring Curriculum, including naturalist knowledge, outdoor living skills, community building, and
stewardship.
● Guide and support “Mentors in Training” ages 13-18 who participate in each camp.
EarthWalk Vermont provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

● Uphold clear physical and behavioral safety guidelines empowering children to care for themselves,
one another and the Earth.
● Responsible for overall safety and adhering to safety protocols.
● Participate in daily prep/logistics meetings and debrief/assessment sessions before and after each
camp day.


Curriculum Development & Design
● Support adaptation and evolution of the EarthWalk curriculum by responding to needs, opportunities,
or challenges.
● Develop engaging, hands-on lessons for children (such as fire skills, woodcarving, and plant
identification) and document lesson plans.
● Commitment to personal professional development in education, child development and naturalist
knowledge to inform improvements and innovation to the EarthWalk curriculum.
Leadership & Collaboration
● Work as part of a collaborative staff that is committed to using conscious/respectful communication
and participating in regular feedback sessions.
● Be available to guardians for check-ins regarding programs and student experience.
● Learn, collaborate and practice shared leadership with other Mentors.
● Manage risk throughout programs by identifying and resolving of hazards related to an outdoor
learning environment.
● Contribute to EarthWalk’s communal culture by participating in shared meals, staff-led skill sharing,
cleaning, building, dialogue, visioning and other group activities as time and ability allows.


Required Qualifications
● Minimum of two years experience mentoring groups of children outdoors
● Love of children and the Earth with a commitment to the mission of EarthWalk
● Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent life experience
● Strong foundation in local naturalist skills and earth crafts
● Strong interpersonal skills with creativity and flexibility
● Willingness to work collaboratively with a skilled group of Mentors and grow personally and
professionally
● Current First Aid and CPR certification


Preferred Qualifications
● Experience in an affiliate nature mentoring school, program and/or Art of Mentoring
● Kamana Naturalist training or extensive naturalist experience
● Curiosity, playfulness, humor and a positive attitude
● An intention to live in this community and be with EarthWalk Vermont long-term


Physical Requirements
● Continually able to stand, walk, and run
EarthWalk Vermont provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

● Comfortable spending extended amounts of time outdoors in all weather conditions, including cold,
snow, rain, humidity, and heat for several days in a row
● Continually able to use senses including speech, hearing, tasting, smelling and vision when teaching
● Continually able to move the body physically including reaching, stretching, climbing, balancing,
crouching, stooping, and other actions necessary for nature-based education
● Continually able to lift at least 50 lbs
● Occasional off-site travel as needed for program delivery and special events
● Willing to be regularly exposed to fire, smoke, water, and outdoor risks including tick and other insects

Summer Camp Mentor Job Description.pdf

Summer Camp Mentor Application.pdf

 

EarthWalk Vermont provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

TO APPLY: Submit a resume (if you have one), an application, and two references with contact information to: anika@earthwalkvermont.org

Submitted file names should conform to the following naming protocol: Last_First_Resume

Word and pdf files are acceptable.

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