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Outdoor Education & Waterfront Coordinator - YMCA Camp Potawotami

OUR CULTURE

At YMCA Camp Potawotami, we focus on the ABCs of camping - working to increase camper's sense of Accomplishment and Belonging while they learn about positive Character traits and values. What does this look like?

Caring. We show a genuine interest in others, putting them first, and engaging everyone with a positive attitude.  
Honesty. We do the right thing, even when no one is looking.  
Respect. We accept differences and meet people where they are at, honoring others with thoughtfulness and courage.  
Responsibility. We do what we say we’re going to do, taking ownership of our decisions and being good stewards of our resources.

Join us as we love, care and serve at camp!

 

JOB SUMMARY

The YMCA Camp Potawotami is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual interested in serving as our Outdoor Education and Waterfront Coordinator. 

Reporting to the Program Director, they will be responsible in the summer working with program directors to assist in providing training, supervision, and evaluation to staff & lifeguards leading waterfront activities during our Spring & Fall Outdoor Education/Group Service Seasons as well as our Summer Camp Season. This position will supervise in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Director all waterfront operations In the Spring/Fall Season they will serve as one of the lead staff members by assisting in coordinating school visits and being the onsite contact for select schools. This person will also be leading classes and activities that are offered at the waterfront such as canoeing and lake study, but may also lead a wide variety of other classes: tree study, archery, team building, low ropes, compass, pioneer living, wetlands, and other activities. 

This position provides a quality experience to children and adults that embodies our YMCA mission and core values. 

PAY RATE DETAILS

Pay: $335 per week plus room and board, including laundry services and internet access.

Dates: April - October 2019

Must be available to work evenings and weekends; also must live on site.

YMCA Camp Potawotami is located on beautiful Blackman Lake in Northeast Indiana; 7255 East 700 South
Wolcottville, IN 46795

 

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, yet flexible. 
  • Must be comfortable communicating with parents and enjoy working with children.
  • Must have a strong knowledge of overnight camping.  
  • Previous experience and certification in camp program areas (lifeguarding, high ropes, archery, etc.) are preferred.
  • Able to fulfill all demands in spirit, mind, and body as an adventure and retreats coordinator.
  • Positive, service-oriented attitude serving diverse groups of campers in regard to age, abilities, ethnicity, gender, race, economic status, religion, etc.
  • Team player willing to contribute to the culture, mission, and values of the YMCA

 

ESSENTIAL TASKS AND DUTIES

Summer Season:

  • Assist in providing training, supervision and evaluation to staff & lifeguards leading waterfront activities during our Spring & Fall Outdoor Education/Group Service Seasons as well as our Summer Camp Season.
  • This position will supervise in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Director all waterfront operations including: program activities (swimming, boating, aqua jump).
  • Oversee 2 water free times for campers and staff, maintain beach and boat house and serve as a lifeguard when need be. 
  • Assist in managing day to day logistics and help coordinate all camp events, drivers to/from pharmacy or urgent care and troubleshoot any other obstacles that may arise.
  • Must have previous leadership and/or staff supervision experience.
  • This person will assist with the hiring of the Fall Outdoor Education staff and reach out to fall schools to set-up their visits. 
  • Rotate with other coordinators to be on call at least one night a week. 

Spring/Fall Season:

  • Serve as one of the lead staff members by assisting in coordinating school visits and being the onsite contact for select schools.
  • This person will also be leading classes and activities that are offered at the waterfront such as canoeing and lake study, but may also lead a wide variety of other classes: tree study, archery, teambuilding, low ropes, compass, pioneer living, wetlands and other activities. 
  • Other Duties: curriculum development, evening programs, program maintenance, school visits, professional/peer development, trainings and conferences, community involvement, staff training along with rotating with other coordinators to be on call at least one night a week. 
  • In the spring work on opening the beach for the year, updating lesson plans, contacting schools and preparations for staff training. 
  • In the fall coordinate with schools, update curriculum, recruit schools, assist with budgeting and assist with the rehiring of staff. 

 

FULL-SEASON ESSENTIAL TASKS AND DUTIES

  • Be a patient, enthusiastic role model for our participants and staff
  • Conduct regular inventory of supplies
  • Maintain program areas, host meals, set-up and breakdown of facilities
  • Manage all tasks and duties assigned by the Camp Directors
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends, live on site and be comfortable in outdoor settings
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