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Lead Camp Instructor (Full Time, Seasonal)

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936153

Posted: Internal and External
Reports to: Public Programs Coordinator
Status: Non-Exempt/Hourly – This is a temporary position.
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm or 8am – 5pm depending on shift assignment.
Duration: Must be available onsite June 20 – August 19, 2016 (includes week of training)
Seeking: Two Camp Lead Instructors. Leads must be available all set dates/times.
Dated Needed: June 1, 2016 offsite computer work. June 20, 2016 report onsite.
Posting Expires: Open until filled

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and under nonprofit management. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 40,000 schoolchildren and their teachers annually. Guided by its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized board of directors and professional management. The current annual budget is $14 million.

Position Overview: Camp Lead Instructors primary role is to lead and oversee all operations of their assigned camp sessions, carry out schedules (created by our marine educators) and to lead the camp counselors, volunteers and children in their assigned camp sessions. Camp Lead Instructors must quickly establish and build positive relationships with summer program staff, volunteers, interns, campers, families & our partner programs. Each day greatly varies. Willingness to adapt from office tasks, guiding camp staff and volunteers to instructing classes with ages varying from early childhood to adult is essential.

Primary job functions:
• Camp Lead Instructors will carry out their camp session schedule of all activities while leading 2 staff counselors, 0-2 high school volunteers and 20-24 campers per week, for their 8-9 scheduled camp sessions as well as participate in a week of camp training.
• Camp Program Schedule.
o Camp sessions schedules, resources, field sites and lessons will be learned during pre-production time. It will be the Camp Lead Instructor’s job to execute the schedule as written and modify when appropriate with the advice and input of our Marine Educators and approval from Public Programs Coordinator (PPC).
• Staffing Support for Camp Programs.
o Each camp session has a Camp Lead Instructor, who reports to the PPC.
o Camp has 2 marine educators on staff who help support the PPC with general operations of camp during sign in/out, creating content for sessions prior to camp, advising lead instructors throughout the summer and give daily reports to the PPC.
o Camp Lead Instructors oversees the weekly operations of their assigned camp weeks along with supervising the camp session paid staff and volunteers.
o Each camp session has 2 paid camp counselors and 0-2 high school volunteers.
o Camp Lead Instructors assist in covering breaks daily for paid and volunteer camp counselors.
• Camp Lead Instructor Tasks – include, but are not limited to the following:
o Camp Lead Instructors interact with families, children, teens, adults and will are expected to engage professionally with all ages. Camp Lead Instructors need to report daily incidents or interactions to Aquarium staff/volunteers and camp families. Professionalism, confidentiality, respect and quality communication are key.
o Camp Lead Instructors greet families every day, sign in/out campers, assist at curbside drop off and pick up and make sure children are prepared for the day with all proper paperwork, lunch etc. and fields’ parents and guardians to the appropriate staff and program when applicable.
o Camp Lead Instructors are responsible for knowing all campers information as written on their release forms. This includes medications needed at camp to photo releases and ensures all information is carried out appropriately and remains confidential.
o Be prepared to lead camp sessions on varied types of daytime field sites.
o Camp Lead instructors will be given needed supplies for their camp sessions and are responsible for their care and maintenance as well as spacing out designated supplies to last all summer.
o Other camp program related projects as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills, Training:
• Minimum of 2 years experience working with children and/or teens.
• Minimum of 2 years experience working in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education center or similar institution required. Previous experience working in a camp setting preferred.
• Educational background in Education, Child Development, Recreation, Environmental Science, Biology or related field.
• Experience working with diverse racial and socio-economic audiences.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent leadership abilities.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrated reliability, responsibility and enthusiasm.
• Basic knowledge of group activities, games, team building initiatives or other environmental education related programming.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team player.
• Be flexible in a rapidly changing work environment.
• Knowledge of marine science and conservation.
• Basic knowledge of water quality testing kits, beach transects tools, plankton tow, microscopes, comfortable using microphones, electronic devices.
• Familiarity with MS Office Programs; Word, Excel, Outlook.
• First Aid/CPR/Epi pen Certification required.

• Required: Completed High School and Must be 18 years of age or older.
• Desired: College degree in Education, Child Development, Recreation, Environmental Science and Biology or related field.

Working Conditions:
• Flexible schedule required and must be able to commit to all camp dates.
• Must be able to spend long periods of times outdoors during all weather conditions (extreme heat or rain)
• Must be able to sit, stand walk, run for varied and extended periods of time while interacting with children and teens.
• Heavy to moderate vocal demands to project talks and announcements to direct a large audience in loud areas during heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
• Ability to lift at least 30lbs
• Must be willing to sign and attest your vaccinations/immunizations are currently up to date with standards set by the Washington State Department of Health requirements for working in a school/childcare/preschool provider or provide a certificate of exemption (C.O.E.). Staff with a C.O.E. may be given an unpaid leave of absence if an outbreak of a disease occurs that they have not been fully immunized against, for the duration of the outbreak.

Salary and Benefits: $14.50, for a maximum of 455 hours; June 1 –August 19 and optional August, 29-30 work dates for debrief and cleaning.

How to Apply: To apply please send a one page letter of interest and resume to [email protected]. Application review begins immediately. Posting open until filled.

**Must pass a background check to be eligible for this position.


Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936153