Position Title: Camp Coordinator Assistant
Position Category: Full-Time, Seasonal
Duration: May 1st - August 25th, 2023
Have fun, get outdoors, and make a difference this summer while gaining valuable training and experience working in environmental education! The Summer Camp Coordinator Assistant will provide leadership and instruction for the Summer Instructors at MNHC’s full-day Summer Outdoor Discovery Day Camps at the Montana Natural History Center. As a camp coordinator assistant, you will help with different summer camp programming in both educational and support positions.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
I. Summer Camp Assistant Responsibilities:
- Support Summer Camp Instructors with daily responsibilities such as gathering supplies and materials, ensuring the classroom is clean and organized, ensuring that check-out runs smoothly, and being available for communications with parents at pick-up and drop off.
- Lead instruction for Summer Camps as needed.
- Prepare emergency contact paperwork for every camper and facilitate Monday morning check-ins for each camp week.
- Supervise Instructors and lead MNHC camps when Camp Coordinator is offsite.
- Provide feedback and support for Seasonal Naturalists.
- Collaborate with the Camps Coordinator to evaluate and adjust camp settings, routines, and systems as needed.
- Communicate effectively with parents.
- Mediate camper conflicts.
- Create camp activities and curriculum.
- Gather supplies and inventory needed for camp weeks.
- Work with the Camps Coordinator and Teaching Naturalist staff to help lead two weeks of training for Seasonal Naturalists.
- Spell Seasonal Naturalists as necessary.
- Work with camp registration software to help with administrative duties.
II. Required Qualifications:
- Experience and passion for working primarily with elementary school audiences.
- Experience supervising and leading other adults or demonstrating the skills necessary for the role.
- Comfort using basic naturalist tools (binoculars, journals, nets, etc.) and teaching others how to do so.
- Interest and engagement with the study of natural history. Desire and willingness to learn more about the natural history of the local area.
- Flexibility and a positive attitude to deal with weather, schedule changes, and other unexpected circumstances.
- Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, and dynamic.
- Proven ability to plan and implement educational activities using various curriculum sources.
- Proven oral and written communication skills with supervisors, co-workers, and others.
- Strong organizational skills, including managing multiple teaching dates and other calendar events, maintaining communications with many people at once, and keeping equipment organized and well-maintained.
- Proven ability to work independently with little direct supervision and in a team environment.
- Ability to accept responsibility, act professionally in all situations, and be self-motivated.
- Willingness to work and teach both outdoors (for up to a full day, in all conditions) and indoors.
- Ability to use basic computer programs, including Google suite (email, Drive, Sheets, etc.), Microsoft Word and Excel, and others.
- Current CPR/First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain before the start date.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check.
- Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and willingness to transport passengers and equipment.
III. Additional Desired Qualifications:
- Proven ability to deliver educational and interpretive natural history programs such as nature walks, field trips, and group presentations on various topics.
- Proficiency in natural history knowledge of northwestern Montana, including a broad knowledge of native flora and fauna, a cultural history of the region, and an understanding of ecological processes and systems.
- Practical knowledge of methodologies in natural history education. (Examples include constructivist learning theory; place-, inquiry-, and project-based learning; interdisciplinary learning; service-learning; hands-on approach to learning; etc.).
- Experience and interest in recording and studying nature as an artist, writer, and/or scientist
- Proven ability to develop, write, and implement the curriculum.
To apply, please send the following to [email protected]:
- Cover letter
- List of three professional references
Accepting Applications until positions are filled