Summer Camp Leader
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Entry
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Seasonal
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Day
Education
Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Seattle Humane offers eight weeks of programming for youth ages 7-13, collectively called Animal Adventure Camps. Each four-day session is designed to engage and inspire participants, provide positive interactions with a variety of animals, and foster a sense of responbility and respect for animals through inquiry and experience-based learning. Children learn about pet care, animal issues, and how to be animal ambassadors through games, crafts, activities, guest speakers and hands-on time with animals.  Summer Camp Leaders are responsible for teaching and overseeing lessons and activities, supervising and mentoring children and youth, handling a variety of animals, and assisting with the day-to-day management and planning of camp. This is a temporary position that consists of 30-40 hours of training on weekends in May/June, and 32-40 hours per week starting June 29 and concluding in mid-August.  

 

KEY OR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide a positive atmosphere for campers. Model empathy, compassion, and respect for animals and others.  Encourage campers to respect and listen to each other. Intervene and problem-solve when conflicts occur between campers.
  • Lead lessons and activities for youth ages 7-13, including classroom-style lessons, campus tours, camp games, and crafts. Assist guest presentors, as needed.
  • Manage and delegate tasks to teen volunteers in order to provide a safe and high-quality program. Foster development of responsibility, maturity, kindness, and personal accountability.
  • Supervise handling of animals participating in educational programming. Practice and encourage humane treatment of animals.
  • Assist with the development and preparation of camp activities and craft projects.
  • Complete daily set-up/break-down of camp and maintain clean spaces for other departments to use while camp is not in session.
  • Maintain communication with Education Department staff (Education Coordintor/Education Associate). Report camper/customer concerns, maintenance or supply needs, workload concerns and other issues needing attention to Education staff.
  • Maintain camp records. Manage waivers, photo releases, parent correspondence and other camp documents, as assigned.
  • Positively represent Animal Adventures Camp and Seattle Humane when interacting with parents, guardians, guest speakers, volunteers, staff and community members.
  • Supervise safe and proper check-in/check-out of campers. Enthusiastically greet campers and parents as they check-in/out daily and answer parent questions. Provide parents with appropriate feedback and information as needed for their camper(s) to have a successful camp experience.
  • Ensure policies, procedures, and ground-rules set forth by Education Department and Seattle Humane are followed.
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a camper, staff member, volunteer, animal or the organization at risk. Provide first aid treatment, as trained.
  • Assist with camp wrap-up tasks including the inventory of supplies and equipment, and participate in evaluating camp for the future success of the program.
  • Perform all duties in a manner that assures the safety of campers, oneself, fellow staff members, volunteers, and animals involved in any and all activities.
  • Work effectively and respectfully with families and colleagues from diverse communities, cultures and perspectives.

 

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist with staff and volunteer training as needed
  • Prepare camp supplies for each week
  • Confirm attendance of volunteers and guest speakers participating in camp
  • Maintain appropriate correspondence, files and records
  • Assures a clean, orderly and positive working environment
  • Provides ideas and suggestions designed to improve operational programs and working conditions
  • Contributes ideas/feedback for improvement of camp delivery, experiences and protocols
  • Performs other duties as assigned

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

Supervises camp staff (to include teen camp counselors and visiting staff from other departments), guest speakers, and adult volunteers

 

COMMUNICATION/INTERPERSONAL CONTACT:

  • Daily verbal or written communication with staff through direct contact, meetings, telephones, mail or e-mail
  • Daily or weekly verbal and written contact with community partners, camp visitors, camp volunteers or the public over the telephone, in person or by e-mail
  • Verbal or written contact with parents and campers

 

COMPLEXITY:

A high degree of independent judgment and attention to detail is required.  Recurring duties on a daily basis with some diversity in set­ting up the programs, materials or workshops. Must be able to work well independently, while also being a strong team player who is willing to collaborate with other camp staff.  A high level of customer service skill is needed. When implementing camps, the ability to effectively manage,  give directions, assign tasks and maintain a schedule of activities/lessons is required.

Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

  • At least one year of experience working with children and youth (as an employee or volunteer); preferably groups of 10 or more at one time
  • Experience with developing/implementing curriculum is highly preferred
  • Experience working as a camp counselor or teacher is highly preferred
  • Ability to facilitate workshops, presentations, classes for a variety of ages (7-13 years old)
  • Knowledge of classroom management techiniques is highly preferred
  • Willing to work as part of a team with other staff and volunteers
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Patience, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity (our environment and available animals/resources/guest speakers fluctuates regularly and programs are always evolving)
  • Organizational and planning skills to determine work priorities, schedules and time
  • Ability to manage, motivate or supervise other individuals or program participants
  • Must be able to read, write and listen effectively in English
  • Excellent telephone, customer service skills required
  • Ability to effectively manage complex schedules
  • Animal related knowledge strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with personal computers including Chrome, Google Drive, the Internet and email, highly preferred
  • Current certification CPR and First Aid, highly preferred
  • Must be able to pass a background check

 

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

  • High school graduate or have a GED.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license with good driving record.

 

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to see, speak and listen clearly in order to facilitate lessons and answer questions. Must be able to carry materials and handle an animal, or animals, on a leash or in carriers. Must be able to communicate over the telephone. Need to be sensitive to other opinions, perspectives or culture. Requires the ability to han­dle a variety of tasks and pay attention to detail.  Frequent stands, walks, kneels, crouches, and sits on the floor when conducting camp lessons and activities; and general mobility, required.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

General office or classroom environment. When handling or transport­ing animals there is a potential of animal bites and/or scratches, exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to people), animal dander and noise.

 

  • Equipment Used: Personal computer and printer, office supplies, multi-line telephone, fax machine, copier, video equipment, television, DVD, animal leashes, collars and carriers.
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 30-40 hours per week; Typical hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30am-5pm, and 2-4 hours on some Sundays.
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