Summer Camp Educator

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, January 23, 2017, 4:00pm


Ann Arbor, MI
United States

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Job Description:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend a 40-hour paid staff training during the entire week of June 12, 2016.
  • Co-lead 11 weeks of nature and science-themed camps targeted for youth ages 4-11, including some off-site trips.
  • Provide high quality customer service to campers, parents, and community partners.
  • Care for, maintain, and develop high-quality program supplies and equipment; Maintain cleanliness and safety of all program and office spaces.
  • Ensure safety of site, activities, and participants; report any accidents, injuries, and safety concerns as required by camp licensing guidelines. Deliver first-aid and emergency care as necessary according to certification.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with all members of the LSNC team to ensure overall success of LSNC programming; Complete necessary camp paperwork.
  • Provide direction and coaching to assigned high school volunteers.
  • Work in all weather conditions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Current certification or ability to be certified in Adult and Child CPR/First Aid (CPR/First Aid training is provided at no cost to staff on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 3pm-8:30pm. If unable to attend provided CPR/First Aid training, staff member must obtain the credentials at their own cost, prior to the first day of camp.)
  • Able to receive a clean criminal background check, central registry clearance, and three positive references (from non-relatives) prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, walk long distances and on uneven terrain, and lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in an environment which includes exposure to environmental allergens including, but not limited to, dust, mold, pollen, live birds, insects, and other animals.
  • A strong and active interest in learning and personal growth, including self-assessment and receiving feedback from colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.

Desired Qualifications:

The more of these qualifications you posses, the stronger your application will be, but lack thereof does not rule you out of a position as long as you meet the above stated requirements.

  • Bachelors Degree or two years of experience in environmental education, interpretation, recreation or related field is desirable or teaching experience with nature-based centers or camps.
  • Previous experience working with youth.
  • Certified as a Lifeguard, Early Childhood Educator, or Interpretive Guide (through NAI).
  • Knowledge of Michigan’s natural history.
  • Ability to play a musical instrument(s) and willingness to play with/in front of kids; Willingness to learn and sing songs in a group.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills and ability to communicate with enthusiasm.
  • Computer literacy on a Microsoft-based platform.
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application to be considered for a position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and preference will be given to applications received by the first-round deadline on Monday, January 23, 2017. The second round deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2017. Selected applicants must participate in a day-long group interview on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm. Selected applicants will be invited to the interview no later than February 10. Only complete, online application packets will be accepted. Please read our Summer Camp Employment webpage completely before contacting Etta Heisler, Camp and Public Programs Director, with questions.