Summary of Responsibilities and Job Functions: The Summer Nature Camp Director works to provide quality youth education programs consistent with the Arboretum’s mission statement. This position requires someone with group leading and teaching experience, proven organizational abilities, a certain degree of administrative talent, strong communication skills, and a flexible and creative spirit. An ability to maintain a positive outlook and to encourage a spirit of cooperation is vital.
Responsibilities and Job Functions:
- Assist the School and Youth Programs Manager in the development, maintenance, supervision, and evaluation of the Summer Nature Camp, including training of instructors, counselors and volunteers as well as curriculum development and evaluation, organizing and creating the camp schedules
- Supervises day to day operations of the summer camp
- Assist instructors in planning activities on a weekly theme
- Assure that equipment and facilities are safely and properly prepared and maintained for use by program participants and staff
- Assist in set-up and preparation for the activities and organization of program supplies
- Complete an inventory of supplies and determine any additional supplies necessary to support the programs weekly
- Assist with the purchasing and maintaining of all material supplies and managing the budget for those programs as determined by the School and Youth Programs Manager
- Maintain positive staff, camper and parent relationships
- Formally meet with instructors once a week to finalize program plans for the following week. Counselors' individual written plans for the week should also be reviewed at this time (when applicable)
- Develops and maintains positive working relationship with instructors and counselors and Arboretum staff.
- Provides coverage in the event of the inability of an instructor to perform his/her duties
- Facilitate parents buying lunches from the Peacock Café as well as getting the lunches to the campers
- Organize and supervise the daily cleaning of all areas used by the summer camp program: classrooms, kitchen, gardens etc…
- Other duties as assigned to assist Arboretum staff, which may require taking on additional responsibilities and working in a positive manner with other Arboretum staff
- A commitment for the term of employment
- Develop a parent/guardian camp evaluation form to be distributed and completed the last week of camp
- Prepare a final written camp evaluation report
- At least 21 years of age
- High school diploma, a college degree, and at least three years of camp experience required
- A basic understanding of children ages 4-12, and the ability to develop an up-beat and positive relationship with them
- Experience working with children as a leader in a camp setting
- Experience in development and preparation for camp activities and organization of program supplies and equipment
- The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- The desire and ability to work in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere
- Available to work up to 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday from early June – mid August
Must be able to capably lift 25 pounds of equipment, bend comfortably at the knees and waist, twist, climb stairs, walk comfortably on unpaved surfaces, stand and walk for extended periods of time (up to 3 hours).
Summer Camp Director must be able to work outside in varying weather conditions.