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Camp Coordinator


Type/Department: Direct Care/Island Staff

Reporting: Reports to Camp Director



Penikese Island School hosts a series of week-long residential Science + Nature Camps for middle-school girls on Penikese Island’s 75-acre preserve. Camp sessions will run from July 11 - August 20. The goal of these camp sessions is to empower girls in the sciences by providing them with role models of women in STEM in an effort to help end gender imbalance in the sciences. Campers will learn about the ecology and natural history of the Elizabeth Islands, and the varied history of Penikese Island. The cornerstone of this experience is the opportunity to engage with female scientists from nearby, world-renowned Woods Hole scientific institutions. Each week visiting scientists and artists will share hands-on activities and artistic endeavors with campers.


Each 6-day/5-night session is focused on STEAM activities and outdoor educational programming for 12 middle school-aged girls. Campers and staff reside together on a remotely located island/wildlife sanctuary 15 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. During camp sessions, the Island Steward, Camp Coordinator, and 3 Camp Counselors live together with 12 female campers in rustic accommodations on Penikese Island.


The Camp Coordinator manages and oversees all camp programming on the island. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Camp Coordinator will assist guest scientist and artist activities by: knowing the list of planned activities, what materials are needed, and what space will be utilized. The Camp Coordinator will oversee "classroom management" during all camp activities with the help of camp counselors. The Camp Coordinator will also manage and guide Counselors in running additional science, art, and recreational activities on Wednesday and Friday. The Camp Coordinator will serve as a mentor and role model for campers as well as the three Counselors. The Camp Coordinator will also be responsible for monitoring the general emotional wellbeing of campers and counselors (in collaboration with the Island Steward).


We seek a Camp Coordinator who is fun, creative, and energetic, with a proven interest in youth education & STEAM programming. Our ideal candidate has experience as a teacher for middle-school aged youth, with a science background being a plus.



  • Carry out all policies and procedures related to the overall care of the campers, camp program, the island and its facilities. 

  • Assist the Steward with preparation of group meals and camper chores. 

  • Interact personally with each camper and counselor every day. 

  • Assist guest instructors as needed with STEAM lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ensure spaces and materials are ready for all instructors/activities. 

  • Serve as the primary “classroom manager” during activities - keeping campers focused, making sure everyone is listening and following directions.

  • Coordinate the general schedule of various STEAM activities led by Counselors and provide guidance on activities on Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Oversee other Counselor-led activities, games, and recreation.

  • Lead the daily staff “check-in” meetings with Counselors and Steward. 

  • Awake overnight duty may be required. 

  • Complete all mandated training sessions prior to the start of camp. 

  • Be knowledgeable about camp policies and procedures, particularly emergency situations, health and safety matters. 

  • Be knowledgeable about policies and procedures described in the Employee Handbook and Camper/Parent Handbook. 

  • Be knowledgeable about the broad mission of the Penikese Island School. 

  • Model exemplary behavior and attitudes consistent with the philosophy and integrity of Penikese Island School. 



Our summer residential camp is located off-shore on 75-acre Penikese Island, an undeveloped “off-the-grid” environment featuring rocky, uneven terrain and tidal beaches. Travel is provided on the school’s 35’ power boat. The island itself is a wildlife sanctuary that is host to a large gull colony that creates a loud bird presence. Camp work requires physically demanding activities including, but not limited to, stairs, hiking, lifting and carrying. The Camp Coordinator and Island Steward are the two adult “heads of staff.” Together, with the three Counselors, this staff team of five will meet incoming campers Monday morning at the shore-based office, traveling to and living on Penikese Island together until Saturday morning, returning with the campers at noon on Saturday.  Each staff member will have Saturday afternoon and Sundays off. Living conditions on the island are rustic and in close quarters: electricity is limited to a few solar-powered LED lights and charging cables, nighttime lighting is provided mainly by oil lanterns, bathrooms are shared CLIVUS composting toilets, campers and counselors share one indoor and one outdoor shower. Although Penikese Island is fully connected with WiFi, we have intentionally created a device-free environment for campers.  Staff will have use of their devices during their down-time, out of view of campers. Daily work schedules can be unpredictable due to the nature and location of the program. Penikese offers “at-will” employment, providing no specified contract to employees.


Minimum Education/Skills/Experience: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and eligible for legal employment in the United States. 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required, preferably in education or the sciences.

  • Must enjoy spending time outdoors.

  • Must have excellent classroom management skills and a passion for working with youth.

  • Previous experience in youth education and/or outdoor programming required (minimum of two years experience working in a classroom or non-traditional educational setting). 

  • Current CPR and First Aid certification required (may be acquired after applying for the job, but before camp begins).

  • Acceptable CORI report (criminal record check) & SORI (sex offender record check) is required and will be submitted by Penikese Island School.

  • Must be available to participate fully in all weeks of camp sessions offered (July 11 - August 20) as well as pre-camp online certifications and a 4-day orientation and training July 5-8.


Other desirable attributes: 

  • STEAM background or outdoor education background preferred.

  • Previous experience working with middle school-aged students desired.

  • Previous residential camp experience preferred.

  • Current Wilderness First-Responder and/or Lifeguard certification highly desirable.



At Penikese Island School, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We hire people based on an evaluation of their capabilities, competence and merit. We do not discriminate on the basis of any other personal characteristic, identification or classification. Penikese is a proud Equal Opportunity workplace and an Affirmative Action employer.


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