Now Hiring: Beam Camp New Hampshire Cabin Counselor - Male only

Dates of Employment: 7/3/19 - 8/6/19

Location: Strafford, NH

Beam is a summer camp in Strafford, NH that focuses on skill-building, collaborative challenge, responsibility, and mentorship.  Campers ages 10-17 collaborate on a spectacular project, which helps kids explore what it means to make things with their own bodies and brains and how that kind of creativity is relevant and applicable to everything in their lives. They transform ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success. They also have a lot of fun.

The centerpiece of the program is the Beam Project. Each summer, Beam commissions a unique large-scale collaborative endeavor, ranging from the conceptual to the structural, built by self-directed camper teams with on-call support from staff.

Beam has two lakes and sits within a 750-acre conservation reserve of mountain and forest. Among Beam's resources are a well-equipped fabrication wood shop, digital lab, art/ceramics studio, basketball court, two large athletic fields, and outdoor fire pit.


The core of the bunk Counselor’s job is caring for, managing, and leading their cabin of 10-12 kids with a co-Counselor. Counselors work to ensure the safety and well-being of their campers through constant communication with campers and staff, providing structure for their cabin, and creating a supportive and respectful atmosphere in the cabin. Counselors also help their Campers maintain a clean living environment and healthy personal habits.

Beyond the cabin, we ask Counselors to think and act as “lead learners.” Beam Camp is an opportunity for all of us to grow, Campers and Staff alike. By creating an atmosphere in which we are open to experimenting, learning, and making the occasional mistake, we provide the Campers with a safe space in which they can challenge themselves. In order to be open to learning, we are not just watching Campers, but engaging in the activities with the Campers.

Counselors participate in all Program areas, either as leaders, collaborators or in a supportive role. Program Areas include the four Beam Fundamentals (Project & Building, Design & Prototyping, Electronics & Computing and Craft & Materials), Independent Work (self-directed projects by campers supported and guided by staff), Community Work (cooking, gardening, and maintenance), Project (our session-long ambitious undertaking), Domains (subject-specific workshops), Pulse (swimming, sports and active play), and After Dinner (a daily post-dinner event when campers perform, play/invent a game, have campfires, and more).  While the Counselor can always expect to be actively participating, he or she needn't have preexisting skill in these areas but any relevant experience is a plus.


We welcome applications from those who have a lot of experience working with children and those may be newer to it.  A Beam Counselor should have something in their life that they are passionate about, be caring, curious, eager to share, and have an interest in working with children. Our most successful counselors are open to new experiences -- social, creative, and work-related -- and have the energy and focus to sustain themselves through two months of intense physical and emotional work. And you should be 19 years of age or over.

This position involves long hours, a good deal of physical activity, and a lot of social interaction. It does not involve a lot of personal time or personal space. Counselors have one day off per week, a one-hour break during the day, and every other night off (after lights out for campers). Providing the best possible and most productive experience for our Campers is as creatively, physically and emotionally demanding as it rewarding; counselors need to have the ability to manage the stress that accompanies this mission.




Job Description: The Program Manager is responsible for leading Beam Center’s on-the-ground presence during an intensive summer program at one of 6 school sites throughout NYC. In this program, called Invention By Nature, NYC Department of Education teachers will work with students in grades 6-12 as they design and prototype physical solutions to real-world challenges. Program Managers will support teachers as they lead students through Beam Center Fundamentals (technical skill-building workshops), Domains (guided design/prototyping sessions), and the development of Synthesis Projects for a final project showcase. Along with a Program Assistant, the Program Manager is part of a small team at each site that is supported by additional Beam Center staff, including the Program Director and Project Designers. The Program Manager helps to prepare and support teachers as they implement this program through the following tasks:

  • Communicating and facilitating the program design, structure, and intended outcomes

  • Facilitating and supporting the operation of a student-driven prototyping environment

  • Provide on-site logistical, technical, and content support to teachers and students

  • Facilitating and supporting teacher and student use of tools to build projects

  • Support the training of teachers prior to the start of the program

  • Support the use of the Mouse Create digital platform in the classroom

  • Manage their site’s materials and tools

  • Coordinate the efforts of their site’s Program Assistants

  • Communicate regularly with Beam Center staff about the site’s progress and needs

Program Managers will receive training in:

  • Learning through collaborative hands-on projects

  • The design & prototyping process

  • Invention By Nature Curriculum

  • Hands-on disciplines including electronics, model-making, mechanics, fabrication

  • The use of the Mouse Create digital platform in the classroom

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position is experienced in a variety of making activities (electronics, woodworking, craft, sculpture, mechanics, etc.) and has a knack for figuring things out. Applicants should be comfortable working with diverse groups of people (both youth and adults) and leading these groups in various activities (design, building, troubleshooting, etc.). Applicants should be highly organized and adaptable; they need to come prepared and be able to improvise when the situation demands it. They should be clear communicators and understand the value of collaboration. Familiarity with the NYC public school system is a plus.

Employment Status: This is a temporary position. Dates of employment are Monday, June 3 - Friday, August 15th. Position is part-time (8-24 hours/week) from June 3 - June 14th; it is full-time from June 17th - August 15th.

Compensation: This position is compensated at an hourly wage of $27/hour.