Employment Opportunities

Summer 2024 careers at Whale Camp

We are currently accepting applications in the following categories:

  • Medic
  • Assistant Director

Please read the following descriptions and submit your application by filling out the google form at the link below and sending your CV and letter of interest by email to [email protected].

 

The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute is dedicated to providing marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial, and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island. Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and, by extension, the living systems of our oceans and planet.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR

Environmental Science Instructors are responsible for facilitating daytime field experiences and environmental learning activities on land and at sea.  Our core curriculum provides fun, innovative, hands-on, discovery oriented educational, and meaningful lessons in topics that include: marine science, geology, forest ecology, botany, oceanography, coastal / island ecology and ornithology. Lesson planning and curriculum development is essential and time is dedicated each week for planning. Instructors model and foster an equitable and inclusive community. Staff also take turns traveling to Maine each weekend to meet and transport new campers to camp.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and facilitate daily science and adventure education program for students
  • Plan and facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Foster a just, inclusive, equitable community through culturally-relevant instruction and presenting diverse perspectives
  • Structure camper time and activities to keep campers safe and productive
  • Enforce safety regulations and provide emergency first-aid assistance when needed
  • Administer and record/log medications in day program, practice first aid as needed
  • Dispense camper money from the bank and keep track of bank balance for your students.
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for campers
  • Participate in travel and transportation of students to and from Bangor, Maine
  • Maintain science equipment
  • Help with general camp maintenance
  • Assist with big clean days, packing and unpacking.
  • Complete one summer project to enhance the program.
  • Participate in Program Planning / Curriculum Development  / Staff Meetings

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or education; full drivers license, CPR/First Aid Certification; experience with and enthusiasm for working with youth in an outdoor setting; commitment to camp mission and diversity, equity, and inclusion values; demonstrated leadership, teaching and facilitation skills; confirmed knowledge of a variety of outdoor science activities and skills; familiarity with team building and group dynamics activities to foster self-efficacy, identity, cooperation, and responsibility among campers; desire to be a member of a shared working and living environment; strong work ethic; positive attitude; flexibility; creativity; sense of humour. 

OUTDOOR, RECREATION, AND DORMITORY INSTRUCTOR

We are seeking  well-qualified camp counselors with experience who will be responsible for co-planning and facilitating afternoon and evening programming on a wide variety of topics including sports, arts and crafts, initiative games, team building, campfires, and environmental science. Evening program is designed to foster self-esteem and group dynamics. Applicants must have strong team building, group facilitation, and conflict resolution skills. In addition, this job includes living with and supervising campers in a dorm and managing all aspects of dorm life. Outdoor recreation and dorm counselors will have free time during much of the daytime to explore the island while the campers are in the field.

Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with other staff, especially the other outdoor recreation and dormitory leader, to create a fun, supportive, and inclusive camp environment
  • Manage all aspects of dorm life: unpacking/packing, conflict resolution, homesickness, bedtime, communications w/ parents, etc.
  • Foster a just, inclusive, equitable community through culturally-relevant instruction and presenting diverse perspectives
  • Keep dorms clean, well organized and safe
  • Live in the dorm to manage camper behavior
  • Assist the assistant director in administering medications and recording this information in the First Aid log book, and provide first aid as needed
  • Plan and facilitate evening programs: group sports, team building games, new games, art activities, night hikes, environmental debates, campfires
  • Plan and facilitate group initiatives and team building exercises
  • Structure the time and activities with campers to keep campers safe and productive
  • Be a positive role model and mentor for campers
  • Help with general camp maintenance and errands as needed
  • Participate in travel and transportation days of students as needed
  • Supervise big clean days and packing days
  • Responsible for set up and break down of outdoor learning center as assigned
  • Drive camp vans at times, 7-passenger or 12-passenger

Requirements: Outdoor recreation background, strong leadership and organizational experience; ability to motivate others; willingness and ability to foster self-efficacy and identity, cooperation, and responsibility in campers; desire to live with and spend time with campers; commitment to camp mission and justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion values; creativity; patience; positive and innovative attitude; strong work ethic; flexibility; sense of humor; CPR/ First Aid; may require additional license to drive a 15 passenger van.  Environmental or marine science teaching background is a plus. A few whale watching trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions are provided.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

We are seeking a highly qualified individual to manage the logistics and scheduling of campers and staff at our residential science, nature, adventure camp on Grand Manan Island, NB. Our program includes whale watching trips, kayaking, and general observation of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, puffins, eagles, and a wide variety of seabirds. Our activities and lessons focus largely on the intertidal zones and the dynamic ecosystem of the Bay of Fundy. We also offer a college credit program to students wishing to deepen their knowledge and skills in marine science. 

Requirements: Much of your time will be spent working in the office. Candidate must have strong organizational background and computer skills. An enthusiasm for working with youth and adults in an outdoor setting, ability to motivate others, demonstrated ability to facilitate group dynamics in an outdoor camp environment is necessary. Must be flexible, willing to work long hours, creative, patient, have a positive attitude, and sense of humor. CPR/ First Aid required, WFR preferred. Room and board provided as well as a few whale watching trips, puffin trips and kayaking excursions.

Professional Experience and education: 

  • At least one year experience in an administrative position involving scheduling and coordination of logistics, preferably some in a residential setting.
  • At least one year teaching experience in informal setting (outside of classroom) for children and adults.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, humanities, natural sciences, business, or other relevant field.
  • CPR/ First aid certification, preferably wilderness first aid or responder.

Responsibilities: Overseeing and coordinating the smooth flow of day and evening programming including but not limited to: 

  • Assist camp director in the daily operations of Whale Camp
  • Manage Whale Camp office in responding to phone, email, and other inquiries
  • Organize, maintain and update all registration and payments for student and adult programs
  • Communicate with parents regarding invoices, missing forms and other logistics
  • Coordinate teaching group lists, medical lists, housing lists and transportation lists
  • Assist teaching with day and evening programming as needed
  • Prepare travel and transportation days when needed
  • Participate in travel and transportation days as needed
  • Assist with planning and facilitating orientation activities.
  • Organize, maintain and update all camper forms for student and adult program
  • Administer camper medication and first aid as needed
  • Oversee camper bank for each session
  • Order more supplies as needed
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Maintain and display a positive and encouraging attitude at all times

**Additional opportunity**: Assistant director candidate can also act as medic for camp with at least Wilderness First Responder training, preferably Wilderness EMT or EMT. This hybrid position would be compensated accordingly