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Naturalist at Camp Arroyo
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Deadline to Apply:
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 12:30am
YMCA East Bay Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo is hiring Naturalists for to begin in mid-February for our Spring 2017 season. Opened in 2001, the education program received a 2005 Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award for Environmental Education and the camp’s green facilities (featuring a straw bale dining hall) was rated one of AIA’s Top Ten Green Projects of 2002.
Naturalists lead three-, four- and five-day education programs for fourth through sixth graders from around the Bay Area, September through June.
Our experiential curriculum focuses on sustainability in the following lesson areas:
- Organic gardening
- Green architecture and renewable energy
- Native Ohlone culture
- Local ecology hike
- Freshwater Ecology
- Three-mile hike with an emphasis on personal accomplishment, watersheds, and geology
- Team building initiatives and the climbing wall
- In-depth elective classes designed by each naturalist
- Challenge course (high and low ropes elements) facilitation for weekend groups
Essential Job Duties:
As a naturalist, you will be responsible for the following each week:
- Teaching the above curriculum to the same group of 14-16 students for the week
- Developing experiential, inquiry-based lesson plans
- Facilitating community-building initiatives with groups
- Orienting participants to program areas, including dining hall and cabins
- Leading two to three meals in dining hall
- Leading one to two structured activities during student recreation time
- Working two evening programs (skit nights, night hike, or dance)
- Assisting with the prep, maintenance, and clean-up of program supplies and areas
- Participating in staff development
- Working occasional weekend programs
- Prefer at least 2 years of experience in environmental education programs, especially residential programs
- At least a four-year degree or equivalent experience
- Knowledge of the above curriculum areas or the passion and follow-through to learn more
- Experience working with a diversity of children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
- Ability to work flexible work hours
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Positive management skills with children
- Ability to walk up to 5 miles per day
- Musical and acting abilities are a plus! (It is a camp setting, so be prepared to perform in front of large groups of kids!)
- Current First Aid and CPR certification, with AED training
- Previous challenge/ropes course experience preferred
- Lifeguard certification, WFR/EMT certifications, and language skills are desirable
- Flexibility, a positive attitude and a sense of humor are absolutely required!
- $440 per week
- Eligible for medical coverage after short waiting period. It is an employee contribution plan that is heavily subsidized by the YMCA. You may choose to waive these benefits.
- Onsite housing or offsite housing allowance
- Food during programming
- Stipend for development opportunities
- Pro-deal accounts with various outdoor equipment vendors
Position Start Date:
How to Apply:
Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at YMCA of the East Bay. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application preferred deadline of February 3, 2017 - applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Please send a resume with 3 references and a cover letter to: email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
YMCA Camp Arroyo
5535 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550