Naturalist- Day Camp Counselor

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:00pm



Evanston, IL
United States

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  • Provides a safe and healthy environment, both physically and mentally, to ensure the operation of quality program
  • Serve as lead field instructor for science, nature, and outdoors based curriculum
  • Implements experiential, inquiry-based program curriculum in a developmentally appropriate manner, meeting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the participants
  • Provides careful, attentive supervision of all youth; alert at all times
  • Serve as positive role model, demonstrates professional behavior and understand positive youth development approaches to the social development of participants
  • Facilitates a program environment that invites exploration, promotes positive play, and welcomes children
  • Maintains positive relations with parents and other staff.  Models relationship-building skills in all interactions
  • Communicates effectively with staff and parents on a regular basis
  • Sets up for and cleans up after all camp activities
  • Takes care of day camp property and supplies.Facilitates Leave No Trace principles with campers at local parks and forest preserves daily
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including, but not limited to those related to safety, cleanliness, medical situations, camper behavior management, child abuse prevention and emergencies
  • Maintains on-going written and verbal communication with supervisor through formal and informal channels
  • Upholds and exemplifies the YMCA’s Core Values and Principles of Character Development
  • Effectively and efficiently completes all other duties assigned by supervisor


  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License and clear driving record
  • High School Diploma or equivalent. One or more years of college or equivalent professional experience in the field of Youth Development
  • Course work or experience in education, science, and/ or natural resources
  • Previous experience working with children in camp, formal or informal education setting
  • Must have strong leadership and diplomacy skills
  • Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience in creating, planning, and facilitating interactive and educational activities
  • Must possess speaking, listening and writing, skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults
  • Must be capable of implementing the daily program related responsibilities of the program
  • Must have flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of YMCA mission, purpose and goals, childcare policies and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence

Position Start Date:

Monday, June 5, 2017

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How to Apply:

To apply please submit application online.

The McGaw YMCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Compensation Information:

Pay rate: $11.50-13.50 per hour dependant upon experience.

Contact Name:

Angie Swank

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