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Teen Adventure Trip Leader


Posted by Mass Audubon Wildwood Camp on 05/18/2023

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Camp Staff & Counselors

Company Type: Service

State: NH

City: Rindge

Country: United States

Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Contact Name: Kyle Higgins

Contact Phone: 6033778287

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: $600/week

Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

About Mass Audubon 
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at

About This Position 
Teen Adventure Trip (Trek) Leaders facilitate groups of 8-10 teenagers on several, one and two week-long outdoor adventure trips throughout the Northeast, both in the front- and backcountry. On each trip, two Trek Leaders work closely together to supervise and create a positive group environment where participants can learn, grow and develop leadership skills in an active outdoor setting. Trek Leaders will lead multiple trips, spending the off time participating in staff training, trip planning, supporting trips, and working in program areas for overnight and family camps. Schedules will typically run two or three weeks on Treks followed by one week in camp. Trek Leaders also offer support in other Wildwood teen programs.

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Application Instructions
Please include a resume and cover letter with your ADP application.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead safe, engaging outdoor activities 
    • Facilitate hiking, backpacking, biking, camping and other nature-based activities 
    • Supervise and support group, even when under the teaching guidance of an outside instructor 
    • Safely drive Trekkers in vehicles 
    • Make topics engaging, fun, and educational for participants 
    • Adhere to minimum-impact camping ethics (Leave No Trace) 
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with Wildwood 
    • Maintain journals and logs recording pertinent information 
  • Facilitate all aspects of daily life and Trekkers’ development 
    • Plan nutritious menus 
    • Ensure Trekkers are practicing good hygiene 
    • Lead activities and experiences that contribute to the development of leadership skills and environmental literacy 

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background.

Required qualifications as per New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services regulations, American Camp Association standards and Mass Audubon Policy: 

  • Must be 21+
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have 2+ years driving experience
  • Must have a love of nature and be able to articulate it to participants, as well as a working level of environmental literacy
  • Have strong back-country camping and hiking skills
  • Experience in one or more: backpacking, biking, or paddling
  • Must hold or be able to obtain Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
  • Experience in Leave No Trace and back-country cooking
  • Participate in mandated, paid camp training and utilize learning including: natural history, communication, group management, health and safety, and teaching techniques
  • Be willing to work in all weather conditions including: heat, sun, humidity and rain
  • Physically access sanctuary terrain easily by foot
  • Ability to effectively interact with others, especially children, in camp’s youth-centered environment
  • Ability to adapt to changes in schedule and work assignment
  • ­Possess endurance to meet emergency needs

Desired Qualifications 

  • Additional certifications such as lifeguard, water safety, or paddling instructor 
  • Experience rock climbing 
  • Experience leading service projects 

Perks of Working at Mass Audubon 

  • Free First Aid/CPR training class offered to staff in June 
  • “Pro- Deal” discounts on outdoor clothing, equipment and more 
  • Network with Mass Audubon staff (Conservation, Education, Climate Science, etc.) 
  • Training in Natural History & Classroom Management 

Compensation, Benefits and Perks  
This position’s base salary begins at $450/week; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. Compensation includes housing and meals for the duration of employment. This is not a benefits eligible position.

Work Schedule
June 11-August 28, 2023

All Mass Audubon Camp Staff undergo mandatory training prior to interacting with campers.  Training includes: Natural History, Lesson Planning, Behavior Management, Games, and so much more. If you have a strong desire to work with campers in an outdoor environment, and are interested in learning how to teach and effectively lead groups, please apply. 

Other Requirements 
Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

Mass Audubon’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice 
Mass Audubon embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Mass Audubon’s mission is to “protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife” by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 
Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

About Mass Audubon Wildwood Camp

Located on the shores of picturesque Hubbard Pond in southern New Hampshire, Wildwood is a camp like no other. Here, campers ages 6–17 explore the outdoors and make friends while gaining a greater respect for nature as well as our role in protecting it.