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Camp Counselor/First Aider, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp 


Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a Camp Counselor/First Aider for our Overnight and Day Summer Sailing Camps.  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 significant 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

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  • 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
Position Requirements
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and booster by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • At least 21 years of age, per state camp guidelines
  • Current American Red Cross First Aid and CPR and AED certification (training provided)
  • Administration of Medication 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
  • EMT, RN or other medical license 
  • Lifeguarding Certification   
  • Experience supervising a staff
  • Experience with residential summer camps
  • Connecticut Safe boating 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
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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