Overview

Job Summary:

Are you looking to spend your summer outside helping kids connect with nature? The Generation Wild Lead is a contributing member of The Nature Connection’s summer programs offered in Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Delta. Successful applicants will serve as on-site Summer Camp Leads, working closely with the Program Director during the summer camp session (June-July-August) and under the supervision of The Nature Connection Leadership Team. Generation Wild Leads will help develop and instruct campers in active, experiential outdoor education programs helping create a connection to nature, make positive relationships and build confidence in outdoor skills.

Responsibilities:

Manage day-to-day operations for up to 8-weeks of summer outdoor day camp for children ages 7-11. This includes developing and leading outdoor activities, scheduling and coordinating offsite trips, and supervising high school camp interns. Outdoor program components include, but not limited to mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, archery, overnight campout, nature focused activities, crafts, team building games.

The Generation Wild Lead will have the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

Ensure high quality, safe and consistent outdoor programs for a diverse population of students
Oversee the health and wellness of camp participants including proper sanitation and first aid
Demonstrate proper and safe use of outdoor equipment and gear
Provide superior client service to all campers, parents/families, staff, volunteers and vendors
Collaborate with The Nature Connection Leadership Team to promote programs on social media
Ensure the prompt handling of all financial obligations
Provide The Nature Connection Leadership Team with updates, reports and survey data as needed
Other duties as assigned

Effective Date: Open until filled; Priority given to applications received by March 15; Start date tentatively May 23rd, 2022

Compensation: Hourly: $14-18/hour depending on experience

Locations: Hotchkiss, Cedaredge and Delta

Hotchkiss: 8 week camp @ The Nature Connection

Delta: 8 week camp @ Bill Heddles Rec Center

Cedaredge: 4 week camp @ Cedaredge Middle School *option to apply for Backpacking Lead positions for a longer employment period

Commitments:

32-40 hours/week
Start date May 23rd
Typical schedule will be Monday – Thursday with campers, 8am – 4pm, with some onsite prep time required on Fridays to prepare for programs
Mandatory orientation May 30th-June 3rd
Hotchkiss and Delta Camps run from June 6th through mid August (8 weeks); July 4th – 8th Week Off
Cedaredge Camps run June 6th through July 1st (4 weeks)

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Qualifications:

Skill Requirements:

Minimum of two years experience in formal/informal outdoor education, childcare, outdoor recreation industry or related field
Valid Driver’s License and ability to obtain school district minibus license
Ability to work flexible hours, occasional weekend, and 1-2 overnights

Required Skills:

Self starter and problem solver with excellent organizational skills
Physical demands: standing, walking and/or physically active outdoors for 5+ hours outside, must be able to pass a swim test, lift 15-50 lbs

Preferred Skills:

First Aid/CPR certificate preferred
Outdoor enthusiast: Experience with outdoor sports like mountain biking, paddling, swimming and hiking. Experience teaching or mentoring others in outdoor sports is preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills; effective facilitation, conflict resolution, team building and presentation skills. Must be able to work with people of all ages and physical abilities
General social media, marketing, and computer skills

About The Nature Connection

The Nature Connection is the hub of outdoor education and recreation for Delta County and Olathe, and is supported by the Delta County School District.

Our mission is to eliminate barriers to getting outside for youth and families in our community.

We are a not-for-profit organization and our current grant implementation project is funded by the Great Outdoors Colorado Generation Wild Initiative.

Application Instructions

Please Submit: Resume with cover letter submitted to [email protected] Three professional references Top candidates will be selected for an interview by The Nature Connection Leadership Team