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Summer Camp Counselor

21 Mar 2023 12:10 PM | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Job Description

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for a counselor to join our Summer Camp team!  Our camps cover a wide variety of topics, from fishing to metal work, archaeology to watershed science, and snorkeling. If you are interested in any of those topics, this position would be a great fit for you! However, only a love of working with kids and contagious teaching energy are required. You must be motivated and able to work on a team as well as on your own.  The counselor will be responsible for implementing hands-on, experientially-oriented programming in coordination with the Education Programs Manager.  Work may include physically demanding tasks like canoeing, carrying supplies, hiking, snorkeling, life-guarding, and heavy lifting.  On and in-water experience is required.  This is a high-energy program where counselors spend their days working and teaching in a unique and mostly outdoor environment.  Last, but not least, it is the camp counselor’s responsibility to assure campers stay safe while having awesome and life-enriching experiences.

At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, we are committed to using our skills as historians, archaeologists, and educators to help make systemic change in our work and in the museum field. As part of this, we have spent the past two years working to remove barriers to access and pursuing new research projects that shine a light on untold stories of women and people of color in the Champlain Valley. Yet, we recognize that there is more work to do to create space, challenge bias, and dismantle systems that reinforce inequality. This position will play a critical role in ensuring that our internal systems and management reflect our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to improving our experience with the Museum for all people who work with us and connect with us and are looking for a candidate who is excited to join us in this important work.


  • Maturity, leadership, responsibility, patience, dependability, integrity, common sense, good judgment, positive attitude, and timeliness
  • Comfortable in and on the water
  • Ability to effectively manage and organize students
  • Communication, decision-making, and program planning skills
  • Experience as a camp counselor, program leader, or classroom teacher
  • Experience or strong interest in history, snorkeling, archaeology, ecology, fishing, or metal work
  • Lifeguard certification, CPR/AED, and First Aid or willingness to complete certification prior to start date
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative team skills
  • An interest and commitment to DEI/representative work in museums
  • A commitment to collaboration and an enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future

Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation, and no excessive conflicting commitments including travel, work at other jobs, or other non-emergency leave of absence. If hired, candidate must pass a government background check prior to working with students alone.


  • Teach a variety of programs to students ages 6-12
  • Work closely with your fellow instructor to plan, develop, and implement activities
  • Use time constructively and be prepared to fill time when program plans change
  • Follow the Museum’s policies both on and off the water
  • Implement safety plans and maintain campus and off-site safety at all times
  • Maintain equipment and storage areas
  • Be a great leader and role model for students

This position will include onsite, offsite, and on water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions.

How to Apply

Send your resumé, cover letter, and three references to with the subject line “Camp Counselor Job Application.” Applications will be open until the position is filled, and the targeted start date for the position is May 2023.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and 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.

Job Title Summer Camp Counselor
Reports To Education Programs Manager
Schedule Full Time, seasonal Mid-May through late August, 40hrs/week (exact start and end dates to be determined with successful candidate)
Status Exempt
Salary $15-$17/hour based on qualifications and experience
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