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Camp Director: Call of the Wild Camps

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? Are you skilled at supervising and leading camp counselors or similar staff? Do you care about creating an inclusive and fun environment for children of all abilities? How about combining your passions into one fun summer job? We are looking for an on-site Camp Director to lead staff and children in outdoor Call of the Wild Camps in Oakland and Berkeley. Our nature camps are for kids in grades K-5 to hike, read, write, explore, learn, and play! We seek an enthusiastic, energetic, dynamic, creative, and experienced leader to join us in designing and implementing educational and recreational outdoor programs for seasonal camps in 2022. 

Our ideal camp director is a communicative and collaborative leader and team player bursting with creative ideas for staff to implement with children at camp. Our ideal outdoor camp director is adaptable, friendly, outgoing, energetic, and eager to inspire and engage both children and staff in learning by doing. Strong nature camp directors have supervisory and management experience for outdoor camps, nature camps, STEM or STEAM camps, early childhood education, elementary school education, special education, outdoor education, literacy education, after school programs, recreation, outdoor recreation, or related fields.

COVID-19: outdoor locations, physical distancing, sanitizing, and other health and safety requirements are in place for employees and students. We provide paid COVID-19 training for you. We are looking out for you and your health and safety!

WHO WE ARE: Inspire Behavioral Learning, LLC provides outstanding educational and behavioral health services for children, teens, and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. All employees advance Inspire's mission to empower people to live happier, more independent and fulfilling lives by achieving their health and educational goals.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE:

  • 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 incorporate a multisensory approach and principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the science of learning that focuses on observable interaction between the learner and environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Manage, administer, and oversee daily operations of youth programs for outdoor nature camps

  • Reliably attend and actively participate in camp director and camp counselor training online and on-site, rain or shine (training is the week of June 6 for summer camps)

  • Reliably and punctually attend outdoor nature camps on-site, rain or shine, M-F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (summer camps are June 13-Aug 12)

  • Supervise 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

  • Perform COVID-19 health and safety screenings for every child at drop-off time

  • Communicate with parents in a friendly and professional manner

  • Safely lead hikes in parks for K-5th graders in small groups of up to eight children and two staff

  • 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, personal journaling, and authoring and illustrating books

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

  • Lead and oversee camp counselors engaging 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

  • Communicate student progress and needs with children’s parents/guardians where applicable

  • Record accurate, objective incident reports

  • Follow all COVID-19 health and safety requirements

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

  • Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: 

  • Provide proof of a Bachelor's degree

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

Certifications 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:

  • Minimum of one year experience as a director, supervisor, or manager supervising staff and children for outdoor education camps, outdoor recreational camps, nature camps, science camps, literacy camps 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 with behavior management for children

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

Skills:

  • 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 skillset

  • 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 love of the outdoors, life sciences, biology, environmental science, outdoor education, or environmental education

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

  • Enthusiasm for language arts, linguistics, and literacy teaching

  • Enthusiasm for making education relevant to children's lives

  • Must 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  

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience hiking in East Bay parks, such as Joaquin Miller Park, Redwood Regional Park, and Tilden Regional Park

PERKS AND BENEFITS:

  • Have fun teaching kids in the outdoors!

  • Paid training 

  • 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!

LOCATION: East Bay parks

SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri (except the week of Independence Day is Tue-Fri), 8 hours per day, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt employee, full-time. This position is for temporary, seasonal work in summer 2022.

COMPENSATION: $23.00 - $26.00 per hour DOE

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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 Call of the Wild Camp Director 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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