Camp Horizons SCA Project Leader: Virginia

The Student Conservation Association
Luray, VA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Camp SCA is a collaborative effort between Camp Horizons and the Student Conservation Association based in Luray, VA where a group of co-ed campers aged, 12-14, will spend time this summer surrounded by nature, preserving public lands, and making lifelong friends.

The Camp SCA Project Leader will play a key role in facilitating Conservation Skills trainings, Outdoor Leadership programming and Service Projects to campers during two 2-week long sessions.

Day-to-day work will include leading traditional summer camp activities, teaching trail building skills, leading hiking day trips and an overnight canoe trip, and facilitating an overnight conservation project in Shenendoah National Park. The Project Leader will need to be a positive role model, and most importantly, have a passion for working with this age group.

The project leader will report directly to SCA’s Program Manager and will work under guidance from Horizons Staff.

Position Dates:
Leader Training: June 8th- June 18th
Program Dates: June 19th- July 26th

Job Requirements
-Plan, organize, and facilitate camper activities
-Communicate safety and emergency procedures to campers and staff
-Manage behavior issues among campers
-Use group management skills to engage all campers
-Identify safety concerns

Meet physical demands of the position
-Consistently walk around camp
-Bend, reach, crawl, climb, or stoop when needed for job functions
-Belay participants during high adventure activities
-Lift and carry 50 lbs.
-Desire to work with children
-Ability to operate a 15-passenger van
-Work in an outdoor environment
-Have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
-Have a current Wilderness First Responder/ Aid certification or the willingness to achieve these certifications (lifeguard or ACA canoe certification preferred)

Soft Skill Duties and Responsibilities:
-Attend and actively participate in the entire SCA staff training
-Establish a rapport with parents upon arrival that ensures parents’ comfort with their leadership ability, knowledge of the outdoor activities, and capacity to care for teenaged children
-Act as a role model throughout the trip in modeling behaviors such as punctuality, inclusivity, safety consciousness, and leadership
-Communicate effectively with land management partners, SCA and Horizons Staff

Hard Skill Duties and Responsibilities:
-Lead group in: high rope activities, team building, canoeing, field games, overnight camping
-Facilitate group in: trip pack-out and equipment use, camp set up and breakdown, off site meal preparation, trail tool use
-Responsible for group safety in all aspects of the trip: including ensuring all equipment meets safety standards, environment and weather is appropriate for the day’s activities, students are appropriately hydrated, fed, rested, have taken prescribed meds, and are having healthy interactions
-Submit all required reports including accident and incident reports, weekly program evaluations, peer evaluations, and parent letters
-Assist with upkeep and cleaning of facilities, equipment, and gear
-Perform other duties as assigned
-Complete all end of program paperwork and evaluations

Compensation: $575 per week plus paid leader training

To Apply Login or Sign Up here:
Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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Minimum Qualifications:
Individuals must be at least 21 years old and must also possess or demonstrate:
-Valid and current U.S. driver’s license for 3 years.
-Current medical certification (Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness First Aid preferred) & CPR by the start date of the orientation training
-Experience working with youth or young adults (ages 12-14)
-Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment
-Experience with outdoor living skills. This can include: camping, hiking, safety awareness, Leave No Trace, camping, basic map/compass skills
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction). May also include experience with carpentry, landscaping, gardening, etc.
-Experience leading and organizing service or volunteer activities
-Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day.
-The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds or more and hike 5 or more miles
-Excellent communication skills
-Ability to meet Camp Horizons criminal background check standards
Contact Person
Abby Brokaw
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