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