Behavior Specialist

Job Description

Position Summary: Provide and oversee the emotional well-being of campers and staff by assisting individuals to eliminate or replace ineffective (disruptive) or negative behaviors with appropriate and positive actions. Assist with training, and support of camp staff.  

 Major Accountabilities:

  1. Act as the Social Worker for all summer camps with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Anticipated time might be:
    • 60% of the time with Camp Alice Chester in East Troy, WI.
    • 30% of the time with Camp Silver Brook in West Bend, WI.
    • 30% of the time with our Day Camps by Community (locations vary)
  2. Participate in mandatory staff training and develop a thorough understanding of the behavioral challenges and expectations of the staff and campers.
  3. Review in advance camper and staff health histories for assessing and anticipating specific individual needs.
    • Identify individual needs of campers and discuss behavioral plans with camp counselors and parents prior to the campers’ arrival.
  4. Observe and interact with campers and staff to promote a positive experience at camp.
    • Work one-on-one with campers who are experiencing difficulty participating in the program.
    • Intervene if campers are experiencing significant behavioral challenges.
    • Help campers and staff resolve conflicts appropriately.
    • Provide support and guidance to staff as they deal with camper’s behavior problems.
    • Be available to debrief campers / staff in situations where emergency actions are needed or advised.
    • Be available to step in situations that may arise during the camp and provide necessary assistance to the camper prior to allowing the camper to return to activities.
  5. Consult and guide staff to monitor the overall emotional and social well-being of the camp community
    • Provide emotional support to staff as they deal with personal challenges.
    • Provide assistance in mediating staff conflicts and monitor staff morale.
  6. Work as a liaison with parents referencing camp behavior policy in communicating problem behaviors
    • Be available to contact parents with Camp Director to address observed problem behaviors and/or camper’s failure to adapt to camp setting.
    • Assist in communicating to parents along with Camp Director regarding camp dismissals.
  7. Keep Supervisor and Camp Directors and appropriate staff informed of all situations and issues as they arise.
    • Provide daily updates through informal conversation and formal documentation to supervisor, Director, and health staff.
    • Be proactive in keeping the Camp Directors informed regarding any potential issue that might question our ability to have a participant remain at camp.
    • Make recommendations to the Camp Director in making sure that any necessary follow-up with families occur.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the opening and closing of camp.   
  • Assist with system for health screening for arriving campers and staff. 
  • Assist in providing emotional and mental health education to staff during orientation and pre-camp training.
  • Implement health, safety, and program standards.
  • Comprehend, monitor and be willing to initiate crisis management plan and overall safety, including emergency procedures. 
  • Monitor health of all staff.
  • Develop routines, schedules, and procedures for camp operations relating to camp health
  • Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to the complete supervision of all campers and staff. 
  • Document all services rendered for both campers and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or Camp Director.

Position Requirements:

  • BA in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychologist, psychiatrist or a third or fourth year student majoring in Social Work or Psychology and have previous experience working with children and young adults.
  • Knowledge and Experience of working with children and youth with special emotional, behavioral, cognitive, communicative & or physical challenges.
  • Ability to reach remote locations of camp property quickly, lift/assist campers, if necessary.
  • Work flexible schedule, irregular, weekend, and evening hours possible.
  • Ability to originate and maintain records and create and implement plans of action.  
  • Access to dependable transportation, valid driver’s license, compliance with the council’s policy of automobile insurance limits, and a driving record that meets the requirements for coverage of the council’s business auto insurance carrier.
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision. 
  • Ability to make decisions and act wisely and calmly in emergencies. 
  • Willingness to subscribe to the philosophy of the Girl Scout program and enroll as a Girl Scout member
  • Comfort and ability to live, sleep, and work in a rustic outdoor environment with irregular hours if living in residence.
  • Physical demands and work environment regularly require the employee to walk, hike, and work outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Application Closing Date: 
Not Specified
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
East Troy
Job Salary Range: 
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 
May 26th, 2020

Job Details

Job Details: 
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