Summer Lead Counselor

Organization: Farrington Nature Linc’s mission is to enhance the well- being of children from low-income communities through a connection with the natural world. Our 75 acres of woodlands, fields and ponds near Boston are dedicated to providing respite and inspiration for children who might not otherwise have this opportunity.

Since 2002, Farrington has operated Nature Linc as a summer outdoor activity site and hosts visits by groups of children from Boston, Cambridge, and other neighboring urban communities that have limited access to nature for a day of exploration, learning, and fun.

Our property includes a pond, fields, woodlands, vegetable gardens, a large barn with indoor classroom and art space, an outdoor barbeque, and two miles of trails. Young people are at once immersed in the natural world and provided the opportunity to reflect on their part in it.

We offer nature walks, ponding and gardening workshops, arts and crafts instruction, introduction to farm animals, field sports, and overnight camping under-the-stars. The children are encouraged to develop a connection to the natural world while participating in experiences that support stewardship of nature, observation skills, and creative expression.

Visiting youth and their leaders are guided by Nature Linc Youth Leaders (Senior and Junior) who are supported by the Lead Counselor and Program Director.

Overview: The Lead Counselor position is approximately 32 hours a week during the summer, from June 16th- August 22nd, with potential for training and/ or program hours during May and June, and closing season hours until August 29th. The program runs June 30th- August 15th. There is some flexibility for pre- and post-season dates. The Lead Counselor reports to the Program Director and is primarily responsible for planning and managing the children’s garden, as well as supporting the staff and Program Director as needed.

Programmatic Responsibilities:
• Be on site for set-up and execution of the summer program, including overnight visits.
• Have or be willing to obtain First Aid Certification.
• Participate in training workshops, as well as plan 1-2 garden workshops for staff.
• Manage planting and maintenance of children’s garden, as well as plan activities within the garden for visiting participants.
• Act as a mentor and support to Junior and Senior staff.
• Lead reflection and community-building activities for staff at least once a week
• Transport junior/ senior staff to site using Farrington funded Zipcar vehicle (or personal vehicle) from Alewife to Farrington daily.
• Participate in daily site maintenance as necessary.
• Act as site coordinator if Program Director is off site.
• Write bi-weekly blog posts on programs for Farrington Nature Linc blog.

Administrative Responsibilities:
• Support Program Director in procuring and managing program supplies.
• Ensure proper maintenance, safety and cleanliness of all program- related buildings and grounds, including classrooms, trails, animal pens, etc. and report any unsafe conditions and necessary repairs.
• Compile End-of-Day surveys.
• Participate in appropriate organization events, such as the staff-trustee picnic, and outreach events as assigned by Program Director.

• Some College or Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Education or Environmental Science
• Experience working with school aged children
• Experience working with high school and college-age staff.
• Experience or interest in working with diverse communities
• Excited to work outdoors in nature all summer
• Strong communication skills, written and verbal
• Experience with gardening
• First Aid/ CPR certification (or willing to obtain)
• Basic Computer and Technology Skills
• Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 30 pounds several feet
• Physical ability to negotiate hilly terrain, dirt roads and dirt and gravel trails.
• Physical ability to respond quickly to situations requiring immediate action.
• Valid driver’s license and safe driving record

Applicants must agree to a CORI check as part of the job screening, but
evidence of a criminal record is not necessarily an impediment to hiring. A
copy of our CORI policy is available on request.

Lincoln, Massachusetts
Farrington Nature Linc
Wendy Matusovich
295 Cambridge Turnpike
Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773
United States