Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) is an educational non-profit dedicated to building critical thinking skills through outdoor science education and leadership development challenges. Youth outdoor science trips, summer camps, and other renter-user groups enjoy our state of the art facility at the Grizzly Creek Ranch (GCR) Campus in Portola, CA. The campus is situated on 1,500 acres of pristine Yellow Pine forest. Built in 2003, Grizzly Creek Ranch offers excellent program resources, including a challenge course, hiking trails, archery range, and pond. During the summer season, SNJ delivers both residential summer camp programs and community programs for special needs and leadership development. SNJ’s traditional, week-long summer camp programs are designed with an educational and experiential focus for our resident campers, ages 8-17.
Instructors could be working two different types of programs throughout the summer at Sierra Nevada Journeys. First, they will work Summer Camp which includes supervising campers, sometimes overnight, as well as facilitating camp activities such as swimming, archery, challenge course, arts and crafts, large group games, and campfire skits. Second, instructors may work for our leadership development community groups. This typically involves utilizing our challenge course to facilitate leadership growth and develop collaborative problem-solving skills. Instructors are directly responsible for ensuring that attending campers’ educational outcomes are met and that all campers have a positive experience.
Counselors are mainly responsible for two duties during summer camp at Sierra Nevada Journeys. First, counselors will be directly responsible for providing a safe, educational experience to all our resident campers. This includes during all activity times, while supervising cabin groups, and assisting in general camp preparation. Secondly, counselors will facilitate (or assist Instructors as they facilitate) traditional camp activities, such as archery, swimming, kayaking, campfires, large camp games, or skits. Counselors will be responsible for supervising campers during all cabin times (both day and night) and at meal times.
Areas of Responsibility:
• Facilitate high-quality summer programs (day and evening)
• Facilitate the challenge course to achieve collaborative problem-solving goals
• Be able to deliver programs effectively while working with community group adults and other instructors as needed
• Provide overnight supervision to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ resident summer campers
• Lead meals and sing songs before meals
• Clean cabins, inventory program supplies, and participate in debriefs after each program
• Support campus operations as assigned (maintenance, food service, and housekeeping)
• Instructors must be a minimum of 21 years old
• Counselors must be a minimum of 18 years old
• Ability to work irregular hours and days/nights in order to meet group needs
• Leadership experience and/or experience working with kids
• Ability to take initiative, work independently, and have a positive “can do” attitude
• Ability to live and work positively with other staff members
• Willingness to get outside of your comfort zone and try new things, such as being 30 feet off the ground on a challenge course
• Ability to pass background check
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and hike up to seven miles
• Current CPR and First Aid certification, or willingness to obtain certification before start date
• Willingness to obtain lifeguard certification (course conducted by Sierra Nevada Journeys)