Seasonal Camp Director - Ipswich, MA
Job Details
Castle Hill - Ipswich, MA
4 Year Degree
Up to 25%
The Opportunity.

SummerQuest is set at the magnificent Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, a property of The Trustees. The Estate sprawls over 2,100 acres of dunes, barrier beach, tidepools, pine forests, salt marsh, and grassy fields. We strive to instill the values of environmental education and land stewardship in our campers, while having fun exploring these varied environments. A variety of families attend camp from the North Shore area, and we work with community organizations to help broaden our constituency. Each week at SummerQuest is based around a different “quest” theme, from marine mania to a week of wizarding to survival skills on a deserted island.

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The Camp Director (CD) is a seasonal role requiring full time commitment from late May through Labor Day, and part-time commitment (5-10 flexible hrs./wk.) for certain weeks in the winter/spring. The CD is responsible for directing and overseeing the daily activities of camp, supervising staff, managing enrollment and parent communications, and fostering a safe and fun camp environment. The CD is also responsible for inventory, licensure/inspection, camp management software, staff training, gathering parent/staff feedback, and setting up/breaking down all camp spaces. The CD takes the lead in building a strong camp community, empowering educators to contribute collaboratively to the development of camp activities, and overseeing the development, scheduling, and implementation of camp activities. The CD is supervised by the Education Manager, and works closely with the Camp Lead Educator, who serves as an assistant/substitute Director as needed.   


Essential Functions:  

  • Select, train, and supervise camp staff, fostering their growth and professional development  

  • Supervise, support, and drive weekly schedules created/implemented by camp educators  

  • Lead weekly camp staff meetings  

  • Provide curricular resources and feedback that empower Camp Educators to collaboratively create and implement thoughtful and fun educational activities reflective of the weekly theme.  

  • Ensure the implementation of programs that encourage campers to explore and investigate the Crane Estate’s unique identity from the standpoint of place, and with focus on environmental education.  

  • Administrative duties including paperwork organization, parent communications, photo/file sharing, and prep for camp sessions.  

  • Oversee camper behavior intervention and health and safety management.   

Other Information


  • Completed or working towards a degree in education, science, humanities, or other relevant course of study (Bachelor's Degree in education or science preferred)  

  • Experience working in a camp, classroom teacher, or other group setting with youth  

  • Experience working and teaching outdoors in all weather and conditions  

  • Experience leading and designing environmental education programs   

  • Experience supervising a team of individuals and fostering a supportive environment for growth and collaboration  

  • Ability to work well independently and in a group  

  • A special interest in place-based education, especially in a coastal environment  

  • Must be outgoing, have a willingness to learn, and bring unbridled joy and enthusiasm to work  



  • At least 21 years old (as required by MA camp regulations)  

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to successfully complete Trustees driver clearance  

  • Reliable transportation  

  • Available full-time for camp season (mid to late May through Labor Day)  

  • Available part-time (5-10 flexible hrs/wk) for certain weeks in the winter/spring  

  • A satisfactory criminal background check (CORI and SORI)  

  • Willingness and ability to work outside in variable weather conditions with children  

  • The following certifications are desired, but not required at the time of application:  

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate, or equivalent  

  • American Red Cross CPR Certificate for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent  

  • American Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate, or equivalent