Summer Camp Counselor
Sienna Ranch
Lafayette, CA, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

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Summer Camp Counselor

Sienna Ranch provides immersive nature programming, farm education and compelling outdoor experiences for youth pre-K to teen. Our program offerings include woodshop, natural building, archery, horseback riding, gardening, science, pottery, survival skills, naturalist skills and much more. Sienna Ranch is situated on a 21-acre family-owned ranch in Lafayette, CA.

The Sienna Ranch Summer Nature Program Instructors are responsible for creatively adapting and delivering dynamic nature-based curriculum to small groups of youth age pre-K to teen. Camp sessions include themes such as farm/ranch animal interactions, survival skills, nature-based art and wild crafts, animal tracking, and hiking adventures. Additional activities will include archery, pottery, woodshop, gardening, animal care, and wilderness skills.

Rapport-building between students and instructors is a key aspect of this position. Instructors will cultivate a sense of curiosity and discovery of the natural world through inquiry-based teaching, hands-on lessons, animal interactions, and nature exploration. Instructors will model enthusiasm for all aspects of nature and weather conditions and consistently incorporate themes of stewardship, gratitude, and wonder. Nature instructors work as part of a dynamic and collaborative team as well as teach classes independently. This position reports to the Business Director and Operations Director.

Non-exempt/hourly. Seasonal. Full-time (32-38 hours/week).

Summer Dates:
Duration of employment May 22-August 11th, 2023 with the possibility to transition to year round full time or part time employment.
Mandatory Training May 23-26
Week long M-F day camps begin May 29th. 11 weeks in total. Nature Instructors are required to work 10 out of the 11 weeks.

Teach nature camps according to the key program values and curriculum overview
Maintain prompt and professional email communication with Ranch administration, proactively communicating any issues which may arise
Lead summer camp activities as designated by Sienna Ranch Directors
Take responsibility for the safety, education and happiness of all participants in your camp
Encourage respect between participants, as well as respect for the Ranch animals, equipment, and facilities
Ensure appropriate and safe behavior for all participants, utilizing the Sienna Ranch Parent/Guardian Report system when necessary
Demonstrate impeccable time management and reliably arrive to classes on time as well prep before classes, clean up afterwards, and care for equipment, supplies and facilities.
Confidently hike on uneven or undeveloped terrain with groups of children, finding and following nature mysteries, and facilitating unstructured nature exploration

At least 1 year experience in outdoor education or related field
Must be 18 years or older
A sincere passion for connecting children to nature, mentoring young people, and working with youth outside in all weather
Ability to improvise, be creative, proactive and flexible, with a strong back pocket of nature games and activities
Thrive in professional environment with minimal supervision
Ability to lead curriculum, activities, games and projects as assigned, and to follow a strict daily timetable
Ability to facilitate unstructured nature exploration
Ability to patiently and positively mentor youth from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences
Ability to patiently and positively communicate with parents
Committed to being a solution-oriented, self-motivated community member in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere
Be a model of kindness, flexibility and professionalism
Able to check and respond to email communications within 24 business hours
Be able to confidentially hike up to 6 miles per day at a brisk pace on uneven or undeveloped terrain with groups of children, finding and following nature mysteries, and facilitating unstructured nature exploration
Current First Aid and CPR for Adult and Child certifications, and clear TB test results (or ability to acquire before first day or work), and ability to pass FBI/DOJ background check for working with children
Certificate of completion for California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
Able to independently and confidently interact with farm animals, experience with horses a plus
Able to hold boundaries with students and comfortable upholding consequences when necessary with priority for positive-discipline based approaches.

Rate Range: $19-21/hour, depending on experience

Email cover letter, resume, and answers to the application questions below to ------------. Please make sure to include your name, phone number and email address. Applications will be considered as they are received in order to fill this position as quickly as possible.

Application Questions:
Please reflect on and respond to the following questions:
How did you hear about this position?
SCENARIO: You are out hiking with a group and you notice a red tail hawk soaring above. No one in your group has noticed it because they are distracted by a conversation about video games. How would you use this opportunity to best facilitate nature connection?
Please list at least one question you have for us about Sienna Ranch, or the Nature Instructor position.

Sienna Ranch is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other groups traditionally underrepresented in outdoor education.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.