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Outdoor Education Internship (Full or Part time, Immediate Openings)
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Jameson Camp in Indianapolis is looking for interns (full or part time) to help deliver our spring environmental and outdoor education programs. Positions are available starting mid-April but those who cannot start then are still encouraged to apply.
Every spring and fall Jameson Camp, located on the west side of Indianapolis, hosts school groups from Indy and the surrounding area for outdoor education field trips. Our field trips offer children a chance to learn about nature and wildlife from a hands-on perspective by exploring our beautiful, 130 acre outdoor classroom of forest, streams, and prairies.
We break out of the normal classroom routine in a fun and interactive way. We offer a variety of lessons and activities including: water ecology, forestry, birding, animal adaptations, outdoor living skills, math in nature, night hikes, teambuilding, climbing tower, high ropes, archery, and more. Our goal is to have participants form a greater appreciation of and connection to the natural world around them.
This spring, we have 27 schools coming out between mid-April and early June, that’s over 2000 students! The large majority of our students are from lower income areas of Indianapolis, with approximately 60% eligible for the free and reduced school lunch program. We rely on volunteers and interns to help run our field trips in order to keep the costs down so that we can serve as many students as possible.
- Act as a facilitator/instructor for Jameson Camp groups during outdoor education experiences – programs range in length from 2 hours to 3 days.
- Instruct (with others or solo) groups ranging in size from 6 to 25 participants.
- Create activity progressions based on specific group goals.
- Facilitate and maintain safety for Jameson Camp’s Outdoor Education Program (environmental education activities, teambuilding/high ropes course and/or climbing tower).
- Maintain established standards of program content quality and procedural safety for Jameson’s outdoor education activities.
- Assist with the inspection and maintenance of equipment and resource areas as needed.
- Assist with the organization and preparation of program materials and resources as needed.
- Assist with the set-up and take-down of the program.
- Assist with administrative duties (marketing, curriculum development, maintenance, etc) when programs are not in session.
- Previous experience working with groups of children.
- Previous coursework and/or experience with environmental sciences or outdoor pursuits.
- The ability to fully participate in Outdoor Education trainings.
- The ability to pass a background check and drug test.
- The ability to maneuver over uneven, unpaved terrain.
- The ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 lbs.
- The ability to effectively communicate procedures (rules, safety guidelines, activity instructions, etc.) to a group of people.
- The ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
- Organizational and communication skills (oral and written).
- The ability to read, write and speak at a college level.
- Values diversity
- Detail and service oriented
- Tolerance for stressful situations
- Willingness to learn new skills & curriculum
- Strives for the highest quality job performance with available resources
- Experience teaching outdoors or leading groups in outdoor pursuits.
- Experience and desire to work with people of different age groups, backgrounds, income levels, and abilities.
- Current Basic 1st Aid/CPR certification.
BY THE END OF THE INTERNSHIP, YOU SHOULD GAIN:
- The ability to select, facilitate and evaluate activities that create learning opportunities for people of different ages, backgrounds and interests.
- The ability to lead, without support: group games, environmental curriculum, problem solving initiatives, trust sequences and challenge course elements.
- The ability to effectively lead program participants through meaningful processing sessions.
- The ability to provide, demonstrate and teach safety techniques to participants.
- For the Challenge Course: The ability to provide technical support and assistance at Jameson’s high elements (High Ropes Course and Climbing tower) in accordance with Jameson’s procedural guidelines.
- For the Challenge Course: The ability to climb and move safely at heights using appropriate belay techniques on the climbing wall and pole course.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND GIVEN:
Oral and written instructions are provided by the Outdoor Education Director, but staff is expected to work independently within the limits of this job description and established policies. Staff may also work under the supervision of the Program Director.
- Internship lengths are flexible, but a minimum of 8 weeks is preferred.
- Internships can be part-time or full time. Interns will work with the Outdoor Education Director to determine how many hours they will work per week.
- Internships are available year-round. Spring usually has more Environmental Education groups and fall usually has more Challenge Course groups. Summer Interns will work a lot with the summer camp. Winter is usually the slowest time of the year due to weather so interns will have more opportunities to learn about the administrative side of the organization.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 references to Julie Pendola Baidinger, Outdoor Education Director at Jameson Camp, firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the internship, full-time interns receive free housing and can receive free meals when groups are eating with us and during summer camp. Full time interns receive a stipend of $300 per month. Part-time interns will receive a portion of the stipend, depending on hours worked.
Julie Pendola Baidinger