Outdoor Educator - Camp Kern, Oregonia, OH
YMCA of Greater Dayton
Responsible for teaching natural history effectively.
- Teach environmental education, team building, and early Ohio history classes
- Effectively lead large group activities such as games, camp fires, high ropes course, climbing wall, hayrides, canoeing, night hikes, campfire gatherings, and more.
- Assist the Outdoor education Director with staff trainings
- Assist with program development using the corresponding curriculum materials
- Communicate with all camp departments regarding needs and schedules
- Work effectively as a team member with all Camp Kern Staff
- Learn and teach camp songs
- Coordinate participants in dining hall set up
- Proactively solve problems.
- Maintains all pertinent equipment and supplies.
- Knows and administers the appropriate EAP (emergency action plan) for any situation, including first aid or CPR, work-related employee injuries, etc.
- Follows appropriate safety guidelines.
- Communicates to direct supervisor any concerns, needed repairs, or incidents that may need follow-up.
- Communicates any suggestions to improve the facility and grounds.
- Takes an active role in the Annual Campaign.
- Is courteous and gives sincere attention to participants and parents by answering questions.
- Knows the names of participants and uses their names when speaking with them.
- Upholds guidelines as outlined in the Employee Handbook of the Association.
- Maintains appropriate records.
- Attends designated trainings and staff meetings.
- Carries out other duties as assigned by the Outdoor Education Director or Management Staff.
Education and Certifications
- High school diploma or GED required. 4-Year college degree in Parks and Recreation, Education, Camp Management or related field preferred.
- Online New Employee Orientation, Child Abuse Prevention, and Bloodborne Pathogens within 30 days of employment Child Abuse Prevention and Bloodborne Pathogens to be refreshed every 12 months. CPR/AED, First Aid, and Oxygen required within first 60 days of employment and kept current
- Minimum of 6 months educational instruction experience along with 1 year of natural history, outdoor education or adventure requires.
- Must have the ability to handle multiple tasks and must be a creative, motivated self starter.
- Must have ability to lead and motivate others.
- Must be able to project enthusiasm to other staff and program participants.
- Must display sound judgment as well as independent thinking skills.
- Must be able to work independently as well as with a staff team.
- Must have excellent relationship building and negotiation skills in order to maintain harmonious relationships with staff, guests, volunteers, program participants, and the general puplic.
- Computer skills needed, particularly with Microsoft Office and email applications.
- Knowledge of fire safety, high ropes course experience, and water navigation preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time, to talk and hear, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, occasional bending or squatting. The incumbent is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Also required is frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the telephone This position requires singing and speaking around campfires, hiking, and assisting with high adventure activities. More than 85% of time is spent outdoors. The noise level is normal to loud within an active YMCA program environment