Employment

CURRENT OPENINGS

 

Summer Camp Instructor

Great Hollow’s Eco-Discovery Camp is a small, science-based environmental education day camp for children ages 5-12 on our 825-acre nature preserve in New Fairfield, CT. Typical weekly enrollment is between 10 and 16 children. The camp instructor will help the Camp Director in all aspects of running the camp, including but not limited to program planning and implementation, daily prep and clean-up, and camper behavior management. The instructor will also be required to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events and education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Ideal candidates are undergraduate students (or recent graduates) who are majoring in the natural sciences or outdoor/environmental education fields, and have prior experience working with children.

Camp is in session 8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from the last week of June through the third week of August. Applicants must be available for the entire camp season. A mandatory one-day orientation session for the instructor will be held the week before camp starts. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $350, along with free on-site, shared housing and utilities for the duration of employment, if desired.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Camp Director to run daily camp activities, often including managing a small group of children independently for the majority of the day, mostly outdoors.
  • Supervise children, often independently, in an outdoor setting that includes forests, streams, and wetlands, with travel both on and off-trail. We will be outside in all weather conditions except thunderstorms.
  • Daily activity preparation and clean-up.
  • Occasional handling and presentation of education program animals (reptiles and amphibians).
  • Other duties as assigned, including miscellaneous office work, staffing community events, and animal care.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Completion of at least one year of post-secondary education, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, outdoor education, environmental education, or a related field.
  • Previous work experience with groups of children in formal or informal settings; summer camp, outdoor education, and/or environmental education experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of general ecological concepts and New England natural history, or a willingness to quickly learn.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to follow directions and give and receive feedback.
  • Outgoing and engaging personality; ability to entertain young children.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work long days outdoors, under potentially adverse conditions, while supervising a group of children.
  • Current Pediatric First Aid and CPR certifications, or the ability to obtain before the start of camp.
  • Record of a physical exam from within last three years (State camp license requirement).
  • Proof of current health insurance coverage.
  • Passage of criminal background check.
  • U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
  • For applicants in need of housing: Ability to live in shared, on-site housing with respect for others and maintain a clean, smoke-free living environment. Provided housing includes a private bedroom in one of two houses at Great Hollow Nature Preserve along with free utilities (electric, water, cable tv/internet).

To apply, please email as a single PDF a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for at least 2 references (preferably from relevant work experience with children) to our Camp Director, Maggie Cozens, at . Please put CAMP APPLICATION [Last name_First name] in the email subject line. Last date to apply is April 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and considered in the order in which they are received.

 

Summer Camp Counselors-in-Training (CITs)

Our Eco-Discovery Camp CIT program is an exciting leadership training opportunity for rising 9th-12th graders (14-17 years old) who enjoy spending their days outdoors and are interested in working with children. Functioning as junior members of the camp staff, CITs gain valuable work experience while strengthening their leadership skills in a fun camp setting. They can also apply their hours at Great Hollow towards their high school’s community service requirements.

CITs work alongside the Camp Director and Camp Instructor to provide a week of fun and educational outdoor programming for our campers. CITs, supervised by the Camp Director and mentored by both the Director and Instructor, have the opportunity to explore their interests in environmental education while gaining valuable experience working with children outdoors. As comfort and skills grow, CITs are given opportunities to lead or help lead a variety of camp activities. Interested CITs may also be offered the chance to be trained in handling and presenting our education program reptiles. Please click here for additional information about requirements and qualifications, and an application to apply. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2020 and will be considered in the order in which they are received.

 

Avian Research Assistant

Great Hollow is seeking a songbird bander/field assistant to help with various projects involving birds and other wildlife at its research sites in Danbury, CT, New Fairfield, CT, and Pawling, NY from mid/late May through July/early August, 2020. Applicants must be experienced with songbird mist-netting and banding to the extent that they are demonstrably qualified and able to do so without direct oversight (i.e., able to safely extract, band, age, sex, measure, and weigh birds on his/her own in a timely manner). One project will require target-capturing male ovenbirds using song playback to investigate return rates of previously banded birds at the study site. This is part of a larger study of the effects of the invasive shrub, Japanese barberry, on ovenbird habitat quality, diet, and other factors. The other project involves capturing migrating and breeding songbirds to sample them for the newly introduced and invasive Asian long-horned tick and other tick species as part of a regional tickborne disease monitoring program in collaboration with the Tickborne Disease Prevention Lab at Western Connecticut State University. In addition to these projects that involve mist-netting and banding, the selected person will conduct visual/aural bird surveys at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and other nearby areas for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project. Strong eastern bird identification skills (by sight and sound) are required.

Other duties will include data entry and conducting weekly drag-samples for ticks as part of a regional black-legged tick population monitoring effort. The field assistant may also occasionally be asked to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow.

Minimum Qualifications

-Songbird banding experience as outlined above, with a minimum of 100 extractions.

-Strong eastern bird identification skills.

-Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-English fluency.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
​-Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing).
– Proof and continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage during employment.

-U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.

-Valid driver’s license and own transportation.

Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $375, plus free on-site, shared housing and utilities (electric, heat, cable tv/internet/phone) at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that describes in detail your field experience with birds (particularly with mist-netting and banding, including an estimate of the number of birds extracted), (2) a C.V., and (3) contact info and relationships to at least 2 professional references who can attest to your mist-netting and banding experience to Dr. Chad Seewagen at . Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

 

Avian Research Intern

Great Hollow is seeking an avian research intern to help with various projects involving birds and other wildlife at its research sites in Danbury, CT, New Fairfield, CT, and Pawling, NY from mid/late May through July/early August, 2020. One project involves target-netting male ovenbirds using song playback to investigate return rates of previously banded birds at the study site. This is part of a larger study of the effects of the invasive shrub, Japanese barberry, on ovenbird habitat quality, diet, and other factors. Another project involves capturing migrating and breeding songbirds to sample them for the newly introduced and invasive Asian long-horned tick and other tick species in collaboration with Western Connecticut State University. For both projects, the intern will assist with setting up and taking down mist-nets, recording data, and other tasks. Previous experience with mist-netting and bird banding is preferred but not necessary to apply. In addition to these projects, the avian research intern will conduct visual/aural bird surveys at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and other nearby areas for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project. Experience conducting bird surveys and strong eastern bird identification skills (by sight and sound) are required.

Other duties will include data entry and conducting weekly drag-samples for ticks as part of a regional black-legged tick population monitoring effort. The research intern may also occasionally be asked to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, educational programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow.

Minimum Qualifications

-Strong eastern bird identification skills and experience conducting bird surveys.

-Familiarity with mist-netting and banding birds.

-Completion of at least 1 full year of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-English fluency.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
​-Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing).
– Proof and continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage during employment.

-U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.

-Valid driver’s license and own transportation.

Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $325, plus free on-site, shared housing and utilities (electric, heat, cable tv/internet/phone) at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that describes in detail your experience with birds and any other relevant field experience (if you have experience with mist-netting and banding, please include an estimated number of extractions), (2) a C.V., and (3) contact info and relationships to at least 2 professional references to Dr. Chad Seewagen at . Applications will be accepted until April 10 and reviewed in the order in which they are received.