Center for Conservation Leadership Summer Counselor
Two Residential Counselors (RC) work closely with the Program Director to deliver all aspects of the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL) summer program for students aged 13 - 15. The RCs are expected to be visible, active, positive and accessible throughout the program.
During the summer program, the RCs accompany the students on the three week summer experience (June 11th – June 29th) to northern Wisconsin. Transportation, housing and food are provided throughout the program. Counselor training is scheduled for the week of June 4th.
Job responsibilities include:
• Support and supervision of 15 – 18 high school students;
• Coordination of communication with the students, student supervisors and families during the program;
• Responsibility for the primary care, health and safety of all students;
• Participation in all recreational and instructional activities;
• Integration of program with host organizations;
• Coordination of instructional and recreational materials for program;
• Evaluation of the program through observation, survey and journaling;
• Drives vehicles when necessary;
• Coordination of all food and other “on the road” needs;
• Adheres to and oversees budget.
A collaborative effort among select conservation organizations, and coordinated by Lake Forest Open Lands Association, CCL’s mission is to educate and develop the next generation of conservation leaders.
The program combines environmental education, community service, mentoring and internships through an in-depth yet flexible multi-year opportunity for middle and high school students.
Participation in CCL begins with a three week summer practicum focused on building an understanding of, and a respect for, the natural world. These first year participants enhance personal leadership skills while coming together to learn and share a passion for the environment. While CCL is based in Lake Forest, IL, this is an overnight camp-like experience in northern Wisconsin.
16 - 18 racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse 8th and 9th grade students from northeast Lake County, IL are chosen to participate. The program is selective, and interested students complete an application and obtain a recommendation.
• Strong knowledge of the theory, practices and techniques of environmental education as well as interpretation, outdoor skills, ecological concepts and land stewardship. Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.
• Strong leadership skills and experience.
• Interest and comfort in the outdoors, including the water.
• Canoeing, kayaking, hiking and camping experience.
• Demonstrated ability to establish a positive presence and rapport working with diverse middle and high school aged students.
• Residential life, camp counseling experience.
• Strong presentation and communication skills. Comfortable with presenting programs in formal, informal and outdoor settings.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive to various work sites.
• Certification in CPR and First Aid.
• Flexibility, positive attitude, desire to work with teen-agers, ability to work long hours. Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 40-50 pounds.
• Must be 21 years of age.
About the Organization
CCL is an affiliate of Lake Forest Open Lands Association which is dedicated to conserving our natural environment through land acquisition, habitat restoration, environmental education and conservation advocacy. This non-profit organization is supported completely by voluntary contributions, including membership dues and donations. Considered a leader among land trusts, Lake Forest Open Lands Association often serves as a resource to other emerging conservation groups in communities nationwide.
Lake Forest Open Lands Association believes environmental education plays a key role in building community support for the long tem commitment required to protect, restore and maintain threatened native ecosystems and open space. Our programs provide an outdoor experience to reinforce classroom teachings and science curriculum. In addition to school programming, Lake Forest Open Lands Association offers a vibrant selection of after-school, summer camp as well as fully underwritten educational programming to underserved youth populations in Lake County.
Lake Forest Open Lands Association’s Center for Conservation Leadership
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Dates: June 4, 2018 – June 30, 2018 (end date is negotiable)
Salary: $2,700 - $2,900 depending on experience