Outdoor Education Support Staff (Kitchen/Housekeeping)
Info and application available online at: http://camptakodah.org/outdoor-education-jobs/
The Cheshire YMCA Camp Takodah’s history goes back over 95 years. Our programs serve over 2000 youth across the Spring and Fall season each year. We provide quality programming, which develops positive values that enrich the spirit, mind and body. Lead by our dedicated staff, participants in Takodah Outdoor programs are given the unique opportunity to acquire outdoor skills, discover personal values, increase their self-esteem, develop compassion for others, and build group cooperation.
Outdoor Education Support Staff are responsible to the YMCA Director of Educational Programs. The primary responsibility of the Support Staff is to assist in the day to day operations of the Outdoor Education Programs through kitchen and maintenance support. Although the primary responsibility of Support Staff is to work behind the scenes we encourage applicants who are interested in developing themselves into outdoor education instructors. Support Staff will receive the same training as instructors and as opportunities arise may be able to work as an instructor for certain programs if the Director of Educational Programs deems it appropriate. Instructors work with participants in Takodah Outdoor Education programs, emphasizing community teambuilding, ropes course, natural history, and other curriculum areas. Our days can be long (7:00 a.m. to 9:00p.m, when working the residential program) and the job demands a great deal of energy and commitment to the program.
We are committed to adapting our program to meet the needs of the children who attend. In addition, we live and work in a community setting involving shared housing, shared meals, and often, shared recreational activities. We set high standards for staff both for performance and for community relations. All employees participate regularly in tasks that support our programs including: housekeeping, kitchen, facility upkeep and maintenance, office work, and other behind-the-scenes activities. Once a program is complete it is the team that supports clean up and sanitization of cabins, bathrooms and any other facilities used. Our groups also have a commitment to leave our facilities as they found them at the end of any program.
Outdoor Education Support Staff Qualifications:
- More than 2 years experience in food prep, kitchen work and/or housekeeping preferred
- Sincere interest in working with young people in a hard working and supportive, energized community of educators: team player, team leader and team builder
- 18 or older, over 21 preferred
- First aid training/CPR preferred
- American Red Cross Lifeguard preferred
- Strong Communication skills
- Valid driver's license and a clean driving record
- Demonstrated experience teaching, preferably in a residential outdoor education or camp environment
- Ability to relate to individuals and groups in a warm, positive manner
- Willingness to take on varied tasks that support the program
- Willingness to work flexible hours
Room, Board while program is in session, Paid Staff training. Those who exhibit more experience in facilitation and leadership can also apply to be Program Instructors
Support Staff Standard Wage:
(negotiable depending on experience)
If applying for the Spring, Seasonal work runs from Mid Apr to Mid Jun
If applying for the Fall, Seasonal work runs from Mid Aug - Mid Oct
(Summer work also available)
Various Open Positions for Spring and Fall in 2017