Job Summary:

Are you looking to spend your summer outside helping kids connect with nature? The Generation Wild Lead is a contributing member of The Nature Connection’s summer programs offered in Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Delta. Successful applicants will serve as on-site Summer Camp Leads, working closely with the Program Director during the summer camp session (June-July-August) and under the supervision of The Nature Connection Leadership Team. Generation Wild Leads will help develop and instruct campers in active, experiential outdoor education programs helping create a connection to nature, make positive relationships and build confidence in outdoor skills. 

Responsibilities: 

Manage day-to-day operations for up to 8-weeks of summer outdoor day camp for children ages 7-11. This includes developing and leading outdoor activities, scheduling and coordinating offsite trips, and supervising high school camp interns. Outdoor program components include, but not limited to mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, archery, overnight campout, nature focused activities, crafts, team building games.

The Generation Wild Lead will have the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Ensure high quality, safe and consistent outdoor programs for a diverse population of students
  • Oversee the health and wellness of camp participants including proper sanitation and first aid
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use of outdoor equipment and gear
  • Provide superior client service to all campers, parents/families, staff, volunteers and vendors
  • Collaborate with The Nature Connection Leadership Team to promote programs on social media 
  • Ensure the prompt handling of all financial obligations
  • Provide The Nature Connection Leadership Team with updates, reports and survey data as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Skill Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years experience in formal/informal outdoor education, childcare, outdoor recreation industry or related field
  • Self starter and problem solver with excellent organizational skills
  • Outdoor enthusiast: Experience with outdoor sports like mountain biking, paddling, swimming and hiking. Experience teaching or mentoring others in outdoor sports is preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to obtain school district minibus license 
  • General social media, marketing, and computer skills
  • First Aid/CPR certificate preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; effective facilitation, conflict resolution, team building and presentation skills. Must be able to work with people of all ages and physical abilities
  • Physical demands: standing, walking and/or physically active outdoors for 5+ hours outside, must be able to pass a swim test, routinely lift 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work flexible hours, occasional weekend, and 1-2 overnights 
  • Minimum age: 18 years

Effective Date:  Open until filled; Priority given to applications received by March 15; Start date tentatively May 23rd, 2022

Compensation:  Hourly: $14-18/hour depending on experience 

Locations: Hotchkiss, Cedaredge and Delta

Hotchkiss: 8 week camp @ The Nature Connection

Delta: 8 week camp @ Bill Heddles Rec Center

Cedaredge: 4 week camp @ Cedaredge Middle School  *option to apply for Backpacking Lead positions for a longer employment period 

Commitments: 

  • 32-40 hours/week
  • Start date May 23rd
  • Typical schedule will be Monday – Thursday with campers, 8am – 4pm, with some onsite prep time required on Fridays to prepare for programs
  • Mandatory orientation May 30th-June 3rd
  • Hotchkiss and Delta Camps run from June 6th through mid August (8 weeks); July 4th – 8th Week Off
  • Cedaredge Camps run June 6th through July 1st (4 weeks)

 Please Submit:

  1. Resume with cover letter submitted to priscilla.williams@deltaschools.com
  2. Three professional references
  3. Top candidates will be selected for an interview by The Nature Connection Leadership Team