Outdoor Education Instructor/Naturalist

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Bellefontaine, OH
United States

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:

Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

Research, develop, and deliver the established curriculum, based on the needs of the students’ age level and school-chosen curriculum. Including ropes courses and high adventure activities

Develop, maintain and improve program materials and supplies for the betterment of the program Share in the necessary job responsibilities of the staff team on a rotating basis. (table setting, food waste etc.) Lead and assist in the leading of daytime and evening recreational programs

Actively participate in staff meetings, staff training and in-service activities

Participate in any outreach programs or exchanges as necessary for the program operation

Report facility, student, leader or teacher concerns to the immediate supervisor as necessary

Provide a positive atmosphere for teachers, leaders and students; allowing them flexibility to meet their needs and program goals.Keep chaperones and teachers informed of any child concerns related to health, safety, discipline and the program.Provide a safe and responsible atmosphere for children to learn and grow.As skill level dictates, provide emergency care to all participants.On a rotating basis, assist the Conference Director on weekends (~ once every two months)

Will have the chance to continue employment during off season at the YMCA branch in town.

Responsible for maintaining the overall daily and weekly cleanliness of the facilities

QUALIFICATIONS:Interested folks from all areas of study and camp experience are welcome to apply. Our biggest “requirement” is that our staff genuinely enjoy spending time with and teaching kids. We of course appreciate degrees in related fields and significant camp experience. That being said typically the instructors that flourish here: Can manage groups big and small. Are willing and ready to go that extra mile to give the kids a great experience. Are more than willing to give up personal time off to help their fellow staff members.

First Aid/CPR certification preferred

Willingness to live on-site or off-site. (Housing/Board Provided)

Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.

Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations.