General Summary of Job Duties

The B&O Railroad Museum seeks an organized, creative, and energetic candidate for the temporary position of Sensory Inclusive Camp Counselor for four weeks of Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp. This camp will run for 4 separate weeks from June through August. The required time commitment would be from 8:00am-4:00pm each day of camp and 5 hours of prep time to be completed the week prior to each camp week. Working closely with one other camp counselor, three camp aides and our Education Specialist, the candidate will be responsible for the care of up to 15 campers each week including facilitation of the camp day and one hour of after camp care. The Museum desires a candidate who is trained and certified in special education, enjoys teaching students of all abilities and acting as a role model for the area’s youth. Priority will be given to candidates that are available for all 4 weeks of camp.

See camp dates below:

  • Week 1: June 24-28, 2024
  • Week 2: July 8-12, 2024
  • Week 3: July 22-26, 2024
  • Week 4: August 5-9, 2024

Job Duties

  • Work with museum education staff to finalize camp activities and prepare materials.
  • Facilitate camp activities which may include art projects, museum content workshops, self-guided museum tours, and sensory exploration activities.
  • Maintain a routine with a set schedule of activities to provide a predictable environment for campers.
  • Utilize sensory resources to support the diverse needs of campers and create an inclusive environment. These resources may include visual schedules, emotional regulation charts, Alternative/Augmented Communication devices, etc.
  • Employ behavioral management techniques emotional regulation tools with campers facing overstimulation or conflict. This may include time in the camp “Cool Down Zone”, breathing exercises, restorative justice conversations, etc.
  • Plan and facilitate activities for an hour of aftercare each day.
  • Coordinate with museum education staff and camp aides to provide an inclusive and positive camp experience for all our campers.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, or a related field. OR 3 years or more working with Neurodivergent children in a school or therapy setting.
  • Experience working with children who are non-speaking and/or use Alternative and Augmented Communication.
  • Experience working with children who have elopement or aggressive behaviors.
  • Experience working with children with diverse support needs. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Down Syndrome, and mental health conditions.
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills in times of conflict.
  • Ability to adjust program delivery methods to make activities accessible to all campers.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Special Education teaching certification.
  • Experience working with multiple age groups between elementary and middle school.
  • Experience working with Individualized Education Plans, Behavioral Intervention Plans, and 504 Plans.

To Apply

Please apply to KCole@borail.org with a resume and cover letter expressing interest. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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