Job Opportunity: Assistant Camp Counselor – Seattle Audubon

Seattle Audubon LogoOverview:
Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:
Assistant Camp Counselors are responsible for ensuring the well-being and safety of summer camp participants, leading games and activities, and supporting Lead Counselors with group management, materials preparation and organization, parent communication, and mentoring Counselors-in–Training.

Assistant Camp Counselors are also responsible for providing before- and extended camp care and supervision, and organizing appropriate activities. Assistant Camp Counselors will communicate with Lead Counselors to provide a positive experience for campers, parents, staff and Counselors-in-Training.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensure that campers are supervised at all times
  • Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment
  • Resolve conflicts and camper needs in caring and positive manner
  • Ensure participants are safe (properly hydrated, playing areas that are free of hazards, apply sunscreen, etc.)
  • Provide Counselors-in-Training with mentorship and instructions for daily activities
  • Aid Lead Counselors in tracking each camper’s medical conditions and photo release restrictions
  • Support Lead Counselors during drop off/pick up, paperwork and daily attendance logs
  • Interact with campers/parents/guardians during drop-off and pick-up times
  • Assign duties for set-up and clean-up of camp materials and equipment
  • Supervise campers and organize enrichment activities
  • Manage before- and extended- camp care and activities
  • Keep track of supplies and materials, and address needs that may arise
  • Do head-counts of participants throughout the day
  • Other duties as requested by Lead Counselors

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Previous experience with summer camps, outdoor education and/or leadership of groups of children ages 6—12
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental education and/or alternative education
  • Experience facilitating games, activities and creative arts
  • Confident public speaking and group management skills
  • Creative strategies for conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Experience in fields of natural science such as biology, geology, ecology and/or general knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems
  • Ideal candidates will have an outgoing and energetic personality and loves being outdoors
  • Willing to work outdoors in any varying terrains and weather conditions for extended periods of time with or without accommodation.
  • Must pass a background check
  • Adult and Child CPR/AED Certification by June 27th
  • Must be 17 years of age by June 27th

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