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Camp Counselor, Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp 


Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a camp counselor 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


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  • 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 
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 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


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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