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Summer Camp Instructor

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Carnation ,  Washington
Education

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Summer Camp Instructor, June-August

Position overview

Oxbow Education (“OxEd”) is seeking Kids’ Farm Summer Camp Instructors to lead summer camp groups for 5 one-week day camp sessions and contribute to seasonal special events as needed. Summer Camp Instructors will lead campers in groups of 9-12, ages 4-12, during day camp sessions. As a Camp Instructor, you will facilitate a successful camp experience for campers by keeping them engaged with a variety of educational games and activities, while being responsible for their safety and a majority of their daily schedule.

Summer Camp Instructors will lead and develop nature- and farm-based activities, and will have the opportunity to learn more about organic farming and environmental education. This position would be a great fit for an energetic person who enjoys and appreciates the outdoors and who has experience leading summer camp groups and facilitating outdoor games and activities.

Camp instructors must be available to work all training and camp weeks, see details below.

Job responsibilities

  • Lead your weekly group of campers, ages 4-6 or 7-12 in farm- and nature-based camp activities
  • Ensure safety of campers
  • Contribute to planning and prep in advance of summer camp sessions
  • Plan and lead the day-to-day activities of your summer camp group
  • Facilitate games, songs, stories, and activities
  • Participate in all-camp activities
  • Behavioral management of campers
  • Work with and give direction to volunteer(s) assigned to your group
  • Assist in set-up and clean-up of daily camp activities
  • Participate in debriefing meetings to assist other Instructors in group success

Qualifications

  • Previous summer camp instructor experience
  • High-energy and playful
  • Exceptionally positive attitude
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Experience facilitating educational outdoor games and activities
  • Ability to do light physical work, including standing for several hours
  • Experience working with children, especially ages 4-12
  • Ability to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Positive leadership skills
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure
  • A musical inclination, video or photo editing skills, theatrical experience or any other sort of artistic expertise is a plus! Please make note of any skills you have in your cover letter.

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Education is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.

Compensation

This is a seasonal, full-time position, paying $12 – $14 per hour, DOE, with some paid time-off and access to food from the fields.

Hours

40 hours per week during training and camp weeks, listed below. Additional weekend hours for Oxbow special events (such as birthday parties or picnics), as needed. Approximately 8 hours per off-week of summer camp is available for planning and preparing for upcoming camp sessions.

Candidates must be available for ALL of the following dates:

  • Staff training: June 19-23
  • Session 1: June 26-30
  • Session 2: July 10-14
  • Session 3: July 24-28
  • Session 4: July 31-Aug 4
  • Session 5: Aug.14-18

Reports to

The Ox Ed Program Coordinator, with oversight from the Ox Ed Program Manager.

To apply

Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Megan Boyce-Jacobs
Finance & Operations Manager
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
thedirt@oxbow.org

Please write Summer Camp position in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is May 24th



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