Join the Eco-Adventure team!
Eco-Adventure Camp is seeking a new Camp Director! Get kids outdoors by leading a team of counsellors to operate a summer day camp based out of the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC). Reporting to the QUBS Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, the Camp Director provides leadership, planning and operation support for the Eco-Adventure Camp (EAC) program. The EAC Director oversees a team of 3 counsellors and up to 17 Leaders-in-Training (LIT) and work in collaboration with Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) colleagues.
The position is part-time (5-15 hrs/week) between September and April, full-time (35 hrs/week) May to August. Rate of pay is $17.50/hour.
Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there is a possibility that the 2022 Eco-Adventure Camp will be offered virtually, similar as the 2020 and 2021 camp season. Many of the responsibilities listed below will be modified and adapted to meet an online model and would involve facilitating virtual camp sessions and staff meetings.
To apply, email the following documents to our Outreach and Teaching Coordinator, Emily Verhoek, by Monday, January 10th, 2022. Please provide a resume, a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two referees who we may contact.
Reporting to the Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, EAC Camp Director is responsible for implementation of daily programming, administrative tasks, along with other supervisory duties.
- Assist with the recruitment and hiring of Counsellors.
- Assists with the preparation, facilitation, and documentation of training sessions for camp staff.
- In consultation with the Outreach & Teaching Coordinator, plan the six-week training/orientation period (May to June) and camp schedule, ordering of supplies, and assigning counselor roles.
- Assist counselors to create, prepare, and deliver activities for campers
- Support the summer camp staff team in their duties as well as their mental and physical wellness while at camp
- Lead camp staff meetings as required, and provide mentorship, feedback and evaluation to camp staff and LITs
- Create camper sign-in sheets and contact information sheets every week of camp
- Build and maintain good and professional relationships with parents/guardians of campers, including fielding questions, concerns, and issues regarding health or behaviour of campers in a timely manner.
- Distribute and communicate relevant information about special camper needs and accommodations to other EAC staff
- Coordinate with ScienceQuest staff, who provide before-care service for enrolled campers
- Represent EAC at Camp Compliance Oversight Group (CCOG) bi-annual meetings and ensure EAC is in compliance with all guidelines
- Liaise with Outreach & Teaching Coordinator to report and resolve issues/concerns
- Work with ELEEC Operations & Maintenance Coordinator to ensure that camp spaces & grounds are kept clean, and other users of the facility are accommodated
Accounting & Record-Keeping
- Liaises with the Senior Manager and Biology Department administrative staff to ensure that all bills are paid and funding reports are submitted.
- Manage camper registrations and payment. With guidance from the QUBS Senior Manager, reconcile the monthly statement of camper payments as recorded in the university financial system with the camp registration program.
- Prepare final annual summary of camp activities
Marketing & Advertising
- Coordinate and lead camp promotion, both advertising and marketing (including mailed advertisements, community publications, social media)
- Appear at special public events in Kingston and surrounding areas to promote EAC. Examples include elementary school carnivals/science fairs, the Skeleton Park Arts Fest, and Science Rendezvous.
Health & Safety
- Ensure that camp and its programs operate in accordance with Ontario health & safety, university standards and other industry regulations.
- As a Competent Supervisor, as defined under the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act, and in accordance with University policy, Supervisors are responsible for:
- Ensuring that employees under their supervision have completed the required health and safety orientation training, including Accessibility/AODA training.
- Conducting a workplace health and safety orientation that is documented using the health and safety orientation checklist available through the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. Report unsafe conditions immediately.
- Maintaining copies of the health and safety orientation check list for the employees under their Supervision.
- Write up behavioural and injury reports for campers or EAC staff, when an incident occurs
Along with the above responsibilities all staff will set an appropriate example including punctuality, professional dress, language and attitude. All staff will also actively participate and follow all health and safety procedures as outlined by the camp and university policy.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Current undergraduate or graduated student in Biology, Environmental Science, Concurrent Education or related discipline or equivalent
- 30 years of age or younger
- Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, natural history or environmental science issues
- Previous experience working with youth in a camp setting an asset.
- Previous experience in a supervisor or director role.
- Demonstrated knowledge of best practice in safety procedures and safety equipment
- Ability to resolve inquiries, conflicts and complaints effectively and professionally.
- Ability to independently make decisions, problem solve and carry out changes or trouble-shoot as required.
- Previous experience providing feedback, mentorship and evaluation to young adults.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to oversee varied tasks, prioritize duties, and keep detailed records.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact and communicate with a variety of audiences (campers, parents, general public, researchers, etc.)
- Sound computer and office skills, including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and digital data storage.
- Consideration may be given to a combination of education and experience
Certification from National Lifeguard Certificate, Standard First Aid and CPR certification, ORCKA levels or Instructor, Wilderness First Aid would be considered an asset.
Please note that successful candidates will be required to submit a current and satisfactory Criminal Recordand Vulnerable Sector Check for review prior to starting employment.
Year-round, part-time (5-15 hrs/week) between September and April, full time from May – August
How to Apply
Please include a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position and a statement outlining your thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the workplace or university and any experiences that you may have in this domain. Please send your resume, cover letter, an unofficial transcript, and the names of two referees who we may contact to Emily Verhoek, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 11:59PM on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Though not mandatory, if you carry a valid Class G driver’s license, or have both a G2 license and access to a vehicle, please specify this on your resume.
Camp Counselor (Three positions)
These jobs are only available for Queen’s University students who plan on returning to school in Fall 2022.
Each Eco-Adventure Summer Camp Counsellor will be part of a team that assists the Camp Director, together with the other counselors, to:
- Design and deliver a range of nature-based and physical activities for youth aged 8-13;
- Help supervise up to 32 campers daily during the operation of the camp, as well as guide and mentor LIT alumni volunteers (a.k.a. “junior counselors”);
- Provide and support a safe and healthy environment for both campers and counselors;
- Help with Eco-Adventure Camp advertisement and camper recruitment;
- Liaise with parents and guardians;
- Maintain camp records and track outcome metrics for various camp activities;
- Collate data on different activities for potential publication in an educational journal like The American Biology Teacher.
Based on successful candidates’ backgrounds and interests, we typically enhance counselor responsibilities and profiles by emphasizing different suites of duties (e.g., waterfront safety and supervision, curriculum-based lesson planning, canoe skills, natural history interpretive hikes). While the primary work location for Eco-Adventure Camp will be the ELEEC, advance work-planning in May and June will take place from a laboratory/office on Queen’s University’s main campus; outreach and promotional activities will occasionally extend to various locations within the community. All transportation during camp is provided. Staff will travel with campers by bus from Queen’s Main Campus to ELEEC and back each day. If it is deemed unsafe for the counsellors and campers to travel to ELEEC due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, accommodations will be made to ensure that that the camp may continue virtually, with staff working remotely, as was done successfully in 2020 and 202`1.
Applicants should have completed at minimum the first year of a program in Biology or Environmental Studies (or related disciplines), although students demonstrating a particularly strong knowledge of local natural history as it relates to their area of study (e.g., Engineering, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Physics) are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be enthusiastic about science, preferably with a sound knowledge of natural history, and have experience working or recreating outdoors. Candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic; a desire and ability to work effectively as a member of a team; an interest in, and aptitude for, education of children and youth; and a strong interest in environmental issues, conservation, and outreach. Lifeguard training and previous experience mentoring young people are major assets.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply until February 10, 2022 via Queen’s MyCareer https://careers.sso.queensu.ca