The Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies is the mountain campus of the Burgundy Farm Country Day School, a progressive school where priorities are diversity and nature. Grades 1-8 attend 3-day overnight programs. Outdoor classroom and everyday curricula are mutually integrated. BCWS interweaves hands-on nature, science, arts, and humanities. Program develops alongside the children, increasing challenges and skills each year.
BCWS employees teach classes, lead hikes, facilitate traditional camp activities, assist with some daily operations and facility upkeep, as well as guiding student work-teams in some kitchen tasks, and advising chaperones.
32 students are accompanied by teachers and parent chaperones who supervise free times and assist with bedtime and some kitchen duties.
A workweek is 5 days. Weeks vary, but there are half-day and full-day chunks of free time between trips. Staff participate in program design, set up and breakdown. With classes, workdays are ~7 a.m. ~9 p.m., with breaks. Nighttime duties may include nightwalks, sleep-outs, and meetings. Occasional duties later at night may include nightwalks and a few tenting sleep-outs. Additionally, the staff tend to gather over a cup of tea to review and plan -- and laugh.
BCWS inhabits a 506-acre wildlife sanctuary in eastern WV: ridges, field, thicket, forest, spring, stream and pond. Pole-barn buildings with electricity and wi-fi are clustered in one area. The canopy walkway is nearby. Staff share screened sleeping cabins.
Qualifications: Individuals with proven interests in education, field biology and conservation, age 18+. Experience working with children ages 6-13 is ideal, and comfort working alongside adults is helpful. Must be physically able to lead hikes and a few sleep-outs. Wilderness First Aid and CPR are required.
Lifeguard certification and/or experience with institutional kitchen operations are a plus.
Salary/Benefits: $325 / week assuming certifications. Room, board and paid staff training included. Insurance is workmen’s compensation.
Dates: May 1 - June 9, 2017. Option to join summer nature camp staff, extending to August 27.