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OLYMPIA SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

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The Mountaineers
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Olympia, WA
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Published 5 days ago

Position Description

Counselors play the most important role in supplying a positive, valuable, safe experience for Mountaineer summer campers. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of a group of 8-10 campers ranging in age from 5-14. They teach varying outdoor curriculum, including first aid, navigation, shelters, outdoor cooking, and safe methods of recreating outdoors. They will lead groups on hikes and beach explorations each week and work collaboratively with other camp staff and volunteers to create an inclusive, enthusiastic, and welcoming camp environment.

Who we are:

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to the work of generations of volunteers and our internationally recognized publishing division, we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy. Our dedicated volunteers and staff get people outside to experience the power of the natural world. We advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. Our 45 staff, divided between our program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 2,500+ volunteers work together to achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Visit www.mountaineers.org to learn more.

About Camp

Olympia Mountaineers Summer Camp offers a total of 6 weeks of summer camps: 2 weeks of day camps for kids age 8-13, 1 week of mini mountaineer camp for kids ages 5-9, two overnight camping weeks for kids 10-15, and two weeks of backpacking trips for kids ages 10-13. All weeks will be packed with games and fun, skill building, and outdoor activities. Day camp weeks will consist of first aid, navigation, outdoor cooking, shelter building, wild animal safety, stewardships projects, lake days, and plenty of fun and games. Overnight camp weeks will consist of day hikes in Mt. Rainier NP, swimming in lakes and rivers, exploring nature, group cookouts, and fun around the campfire. Backpack weeks will consist of camping along riverbeds, hiking to waterfalls, and working on backcountry skills. As a camp staff, we will work hard, long days to provide a meaningful experience for each week of camp…and have a lot of fun doing it!

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

·       Provide a meaningful camp experience, keeping campers happy, healthy, safe, and having fun

·       Foster a positive sense of community within the group and seek ways to include all campers

·       Facilitate creative outdoor activities using Mountaineers curriculum

·       Enthusiastically teach games and activities to group of campers

·       Assist in the set up and break down of camp

·       Attend weekly staff meeting

·       Ensure Mountaineers Youth Policies and Procedures are followed and adhered to at all times

·       Be a mentor and role model for campers

Minimum Requirements

·       Minimum age 18

·       High school diploma

·       Positive, enthusiastic team player

·       Experience working outdoors with youth

·       Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check

·       Must attend all of staff training on June 13-17

·       Ability to work all days of camp, weekdays July 5 - Aug 12

Desired Qualifications

·       Knowledge of quick games and time fillers to keep campers engaged during transitions.

·       Summer camp experience, specifically working with 7-12 year olds.

·       Experience teaching outdoor recreation skills such as first aid, navigation, naturalist skills, kayaking, climbing, etc.

·       Current CPR & First Aid Certification

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered, and as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

Work Environment

This role is based in Olympia, WA primarily at the Olympia Friends Meeting Hall. Camps will run in person with COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of campers and staff. As Washington State’s COVID-19 guidelines continue to evolve and shift, so too do camp protocols. Staff will be updated as these adaptations are made and are encouraged to communicate their questions, concerns, and needs to the Camp Director throughout the planning process.

Physical Demands:

·       Ability to lift/move 20 pounds regularly, and up to 40 pounds occasionally on program days

·       Ability to stand for extended periods of time while leading youth

·       Ability to hike on uneven and hilly terrain continuously for up to 6 miles, while carrying a backpack up to 35 lbs

·       Ability to bend, squat, run, or climb as part of duties leading youth

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Description

Counselors play the most important role in supplying a positive, valuable, safe experience for Mountaineer summer campers. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of a group of 8-10 campers ranging…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Experience Level
    Entry level
Compensation
Up to USD $15
/ hour

Benefits

This position is for a full-time, seasonal employee. Compensation is $15/hour

This position is for a full-time, seasonal employee. Compensation is $15/hour

Location

On-site
3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a one one page over letter and resume to the link below:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6807384/7d865f8d11c8

In the cover letter, please address what experience, skills, and personal

characteristics qualify you for this position and why you’re excited to join us for this summer camp.

To apply, please submit a one one page over letter and resume to the link below:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6807384/7d865f8d11c8

In the cover letter, please address what experience…

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