Nature & Outdoor Skills Specialist
Job Details
Camp Menzies - Camp Connell, CA
Seasonal

The Nature & Outdoor Skills Specialist thoughtfully develops and delivers hard and soft outdoor skills and survival workshops that are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers age and abilities. They will also create programming that reflects the camps commitment to stewardship of the natural environment and maintains cleanliness of the nature building and its associated equipment. All activities planned will follow ACA and Girl Scout Safety Guidelines.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop and delivers an environmental, outdoor skills and survival program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers and utilizes programming styles to meet camper needs.

  • Ensure that ACA standards, state codes, and Safety Activity Checkpoints regarding Outdoor Education are being followed.
  • Understand and promote Leave No Trace principles and the eight basic Girl Scout Outdoor Skills.
  • Evaluate the success of the nature and outdoor skills programming at camp.

Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety and educational procedures

  • Assist Camp Leads in developing and delivering activities to campers during unit time.
  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures.
  • Be a role model to campers and staff in attitude and behavior.
  • Provide staff coverage and facilitate camper evaluations.

Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the Shasta Nature Hut and outdoor education areas.

  • Maintain the nature hut equipment and supplies, including clear inventory and planning for replacement of supplies in a timely manner
  • Conduct daily check of area and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.
  • Create a Nature & Outdoor Skills Specialist binder for future staff use.

 

Other Job Duties:

  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
  • Participate in pre-camp staff training, as well as in-service training sessions.
  • Assist with the organization of the living unit, providing camper supervision and participating as a positive role model.
  • Assist in cleaning and maintenance of camp during pre-camp training, after each session and during end-of-season cleaning period.
  • Chaperones arriving and departing campers on buses as assigned.
  • Assists with the delivery and pickup of camper luggage.
  • Assist in the kitchen for at least one shift per camp session.

Qualifications (Minimum qualifications and experience)

  • Minimum age 18
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless a qualifying exemption is needed
  • Experience with hard and soft outdoor skills, required.
  • Some knowledge of natural history, biology, ecology, and related fields
  • Current certification in first aid and CPR, desired.
  • WFA/WFR certification desired
  • Valid Drivers License with a clean driving record.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Training and experience in outdoor programming, as well as prior experience with program development or leadership.
  • Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions.
  • Ability to motivate and maintain effective working relationships with staff from diverse cultures and all organizational levels.

Physical and Intellectual Aspects of the Position:

  • Ability to communicate in English and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

 

OTHER WORKING CONDITIONS

We are an all-girls camp. We expect this position to work collaboratively and closely with girls for the greater part of the role. Some physical requirements of this position could be endurance including standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires the ability to listen to others, observe others actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals, and physical ability to move about the camp property in various environmental conditions. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and other environmental conditions.

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee lives for up to 12 weeks in close proximity to others, including sharing living quarters, restrooms, laundry facilities and a common staff lounge. May only use personal electronics (such as computers, phones and other devices) only during personal designated breaks and out of sight of campers. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position.

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