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Assistant Nature Camp Director: Call of the Wild Camps

Openings: Summer 2024 in Berkeley and Oakland for immediate hire.

Do you love working with children and camp counselors? Do you love the outdoors, nature, and hiking? Do you have a passion for children's books, reading, and writing? Would you like assist with supervising and leading camp counselors? Do you care about creating an inclusive and fun environment for children of all abilities? How about combining your passions into one fun seasonal job? We are looking for an on-site Assistant Nature Camp Director to lead staff and children in outdoor Call of the Wild Camps in Oakland, Berkeley, and Cupertino. We seek an enthusiastic, energetic, dynamic, and creative leader to join us in designing and implementing educational and recreational outdoor programs. Open a door to the wonders of nature as a living classroom in nature camps, where kids in grades K-5 come to hike, read, write, explore, learn, and play!

What's the difference between Camp Counselor, Assistant Camp Director, and Camp Director? 

  • Camp Counselors have 1 year experiene as a camp counselor or equivalent. They are more novice outdoor educators than assistant directors and directors. They do not need experience training and overseeing staff. Camp counselor employees have a minimum of a high school diploma, and teen interns are in grades 9-12. They supervise campers only and do not supervise staff.

  • Assistant Camp Directors have 1 year experience as a camp counselor or equivalent, plus additional experience leading staff on-site in outdoor nature camps or other educational settings. They may have informal or less than 1 year of experience mentoring, training, and overseeing staff. They have completed relevant college/university coursework. In addition to supervising campers, they assist the camp director with overseeing and training camp counselors and communicating with parents on-site.

  • Camp Directors have at least 1 year of previous formal experience supervising staff and managing educational programs. They also have completed a Bachelor's degree with relevant coursework. They manage, administer, and oversee daily operations of youth programs on-site for outdoor nature camps. Camp directors occasionally do behind-the-scenes curriculum development in addition to their primary on-site responsibilities.

Our ideal assistant camp director is a communicative and collaborative team player and leader who is adaptable, friendly, outgoing, energetic, creative, and eager to inspire and engage both children and staff in learning by doing. All camp staff have previous experience in outdoor camps, nature camps, STEM or STEAM camps, early childhood education, elementary school education, special education, outdoor education, environmental education, literacy education, after school programs, outdoor recreation, or related fields.

WHO WE ARE: We believe that to inspire learning is to inspire action! We believe in experiential education and lifelong learning. Inspire Behavioral Learning's mission is to empower people to live happier, more independent and fulfilling lives by achieving their health and educational goals. Outdoor educators in Call of the Wild Camps provide a fun, safe alternative to screen addiction; inspire nature connection and curiosity; and foster healthy, positive relationships with flora and fauna in our natural environments.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE:

  • We believe in the wisdom of "be kind to every kind" and the benefits of veganism on animals and the environment.

  • We value diversity and include children with disabilities and typically developing children alike in our programs.

  • We value the integrity of the whole person and are dedicated to a well-rounded blend of head, heart, and body -- being constant learners, kind and caring, and focused on learning by doing.

  • We use emergent curriculum and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the science of learning that focuses on observable interaction between the learner and environment.

  • We are a small company focused on quality over quantity. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Assist the camp director in managing, administering, and overseeing daily operations of youth programs on-site for outdoor nature camps

  • Reliably attend and actively participate in camp training online and on-site, rain or shine (training is the week before camp sessions start)

  • Reliably and punctually attend outdoor nature camps on-site, rain or shine, M-F 8:25 AM-4:35 PM

  • Assist the camp director in supervising and training camp counselors on-site, providing modeling, prompt fading, positive feedback, and constructive feedback

  • Greet parents at drop-off and pick-up times, checking children in and out

  • Communicate with parents/guardians in a friendly and professional manner

  • Assist the camp director in communicating with parents/guardians a brief summary of their child's day at pick-up time

  • Safely lead hikes in parks for K-5th graders in small groups up to approximately 6 miles per day

  • Maintain a 4:1 or 5:1 student: staff ratio

  • Oversee K-5 level nature-themed science, outdoor education, language arts, art, and motor activities for Call of the Wild Camps, including the theme weeks Enchanted Forest Reading, Enchanted Forest Art, Enchanted Vegan Nature, and Enchanted Forest Writing

  • Facilitate and oversee fun and positive nature education curriculum on vegan topics such as animal rights, speciesism, health, food, clothing, and the environment

  • Lead outdoor language arts activities for children with nature and wilderness themes, including but not limited to circle time with story time and singing, literary show-and-tell, skits, nature journaling, mapmaking, creative writing, and authoring and illustrating books

  • Lead activities applying English Language Arts Common Core State Standards to science, such as life science, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, stewardship, conservation, preservation, etc., integrating naturalistic observation, exploration, games, group discussion, and relevant children's books and writing activities

  • Engage children in outdoor activities that blend recreation and education, such as nature-themed hide and seek and chase games, crafting and playing forest "I Spy" games and scavenger hunts

  • Engage children and staff with a fun teaching style and high energy, creativity, adaptability, spontaneity, dynamism, and positivity

  • Supervise and facilitate children's rest breaks, snack and lunch breaks, and physical play breaks

  • Provide naturalistic executive function teaching across diverse activities, including planning, organization, and time management

  • Implement teaching and behavior management based on principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), including prompting, positive reinforcement, and group contingencies of reinforcement based on student preferences and choices

  • Facilitate emergent curriculum and child-centered, student-centered, naturalistic, incidental, and play-based teaching and learning opportunities

  • Create both structured and naturalistic learning opportunities

  • Keep work materials neat, organized, and in good working condition

  • Record accurate, objective incident reports

  • Follow all health and safety requirements

  • Make sure campers and staff follow safety rules and leave no trace principles

  • Follow directions and implement feedback from the camp supervisor

  • Proactively communicate camp updates, questions and concerns with the camp director and supervisor

  • Interact with students and staff in a kind, caring, respectful, positive, and professional manner

  • Represent Call of the Wild Camps in a positive and professional manner with customers, staff, and park visitors

  • Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: 

  • Provide proof of a high school diploma

  • Completed relevant college/university coursework, such as biology, environmental science, education, etc.

  • Provide your academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are permitted) in good standing

Certification and Safety Requirements:

  • Provide proof of unexpired CPR and First Aid certification

  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination

  • Pass a DOJ and FBI background check

Experience:

  • Leadership experience training, mentoring, or overseeing novice camp counselors or educators, interns, or volunteers (does not need to be a formal supervisory position)

  • Minimum of one year experience as a camp counselor, outdoor educator, recreation leader, or teacher for outdoor education camps, outdoor recreational camps, nature camps, science camps, STEM camps, STEAM camps, literacy camps, after school programs, or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of one year experience working with elementary school age children in K-5th grade

  • Experience hiking trails of moderate difficulty on hilly and uneven terrain up to approximately 6 miles a day

  • Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse children

  • Experience working with students with widely diverse abilities, including disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, speech and language delays)

  • Experience taking initiative leading staff and groups of children

  • Experience leading extracurricular enrichment activities for children

  • Experience implementing effective and appropriate behavior management for elementary school age children

  • Experience with child development and age-appropriate, grade-appropriate, developmentally appropriate activities

Skills:

  • Ability to model and educate about veganism as more than a diet

  • Ability to hike trails of moderate difficulty on hilly and uneven terrain up to approximately 6 miles a day five days a week for multiple consecutive weeks

  • Ability to carry a loaded hiking backpack weighing up to 20% of your body weight for the duration of each camp day

  • Ability to stand, bend, squat, stoop, sit, climb, and lift (up to 50 lbs)  

  • Demonstrate a fun and engaging leadership style with high energy, creativity, adaptability, spontaneity, dynamism, and positivity

  • Friendly, kind, caring, compassionate, and patient teaching style for learners of all skill levels

  • Eagerness and openness to continually learn and develop your skill set

  • Command of American English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

  • Excellent ability to break concepts down into simple and easy steps

  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to confidently take initiative with minimal direction

  • Eco-conscious skills with a demonstrable love of nature and the outdoors, life sciences, biology, environmental science, outdoor education, or environmental education

  • Health-conscious skills with a demonstrable love of active and healthy living

  • Enthusiasm for nature-themed language arts and literacy teaching

  • Enthusiasm for making education relevant to children's lives

  • Demonstrate care for children and a desire to help the whole child learn and grow in enjoyable ways, in addition to subject-matter competence in language arts and relevant life sciences  

Other Requirements:

  • Provide proof of a valid California driver license

  • Possess your own reliable transportation to regional and city parks in Oakland and Berkeley or Cupertino

  • Submit a relevant cover letter specific to the position and company

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For East Bay camps: experience hiking in Joaquin Miller Park, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, or Tilden Regional Park and familiarity with flora and fauna in the park

  • For South Bay camp: experience hiking in Rancho San Antonio County Park and familiarity with flora and fauna in the park

  • You are vegan, as defined by The Vegan Society, and you can articulate the benefits of veganism on animals and the environment

PERKS AND BENEFITS:

  • Have fun teaching and inspiring kids and novice educators in the great outdoors!

  • Employees get paid training; paid rest breaks; off-duty lunch breaks; and retirement plan if working at least 30 days

  • Supportive and friendly environment with coaching and mentorship

  • Become part of a company that truly cares about both the employee’s and student’s happiness and success!

LOCATIONS: ​​

  • Summer camps:

    • Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley: 6/10/24-8/9/24

    • Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland: 6/10/24-6/28/24

    • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Oakland: 7/1/24-8/2/24

    • Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve, Cupertino/Los Altos Hills: 7/8/24-7/12/24, 7/29/24-8/2/24

SCHEDULE: 8:25 AM-4:35 PM, Mon-Fri (except Thursday, July 4th is a day off). Berkeley and Oakland summer camps Jun 10-Aug 9. Cupertino/Los Altos Hills summer camps Jul 8-12 & July 29-Aug 2.

 

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt employee for temporary, seasonal work.

COMPENSATION: $23.00 per hour

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APPLY: Click the button below, providing your resume and a cover letter specifying why you might be a great fit for the Assistant Nature Camp Director in Call of the Wild Camps at Inspire Behavioral Learning®! We look forward to connecting with you! 

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CONTACT

Email: careers@inspirebehavior.com
Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780

Hours:

M-F   8:00 AM-7:30 PM

Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

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