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Camp Counselor

January 30, 2013 - April 18, 2013
Location:Eastern Oregon or Pacific Coast, OR
Salary Range:$25 - $30 per day.
Employment Type:Special Project - Full-Time
Description:The Camp Counselor position is responsible for the health and safety of all students that attend OMSI Summer Science Camps. This position requires living on-site during the summer weekdays at one of OMSI’s 2 Summer Camp Programs: Hancock Field Station or Pacific Marine Science School. Each week, counselors travel with students across the Pacific Northwest to support week-long residential science camps. Work schedule depends on the site and programming needs.

•Responsible for the health and safety of students in OMSI Summer Science Camps.

•Responsible for staying with and monitoring students overnight in the cabins and at the tables during meals.

•Check that students are prepared for activities and keep the group on schedule.

•Responsible for monitoring students during bus rides from OMSI to programming location, as well as the return ride to OMSI.

•This position is exempt, paid at a day rate.

•This position is special project, scheduled for 40 hours/week.

Working and Living Conditions:

•Requires on-site living, in cabin or tent with students.

•Room and board provided during days with programming.

•Extended hours and occasional weekends required. (American Camp Association time off standards will be met (2 hours off daily, and 24 hours or more off each two-week block)).

•Flexibly in weekly schedules and daily programming.

•Must be physically able to be with students in hikes of up to 10 miles in a day.

•Work environment varies depending on the site of the program. Outdoor weather conditions vary from extreme heat to chilly, rainy nights.

•Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize hazards in the camp setting, physical symptoms of injury or illness; respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.

•Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).

•Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment).

•Physical Demands: 10% Sitting, 25% Standing, 50% Walking, 15%Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 – 80 lbs


•Plan games for daily recreation time and play with students during that time block and other informal breaks.

•Provide first aid care to students and staff when necessary.

•Act as a positive role model for students and staff at all times.

•Program and facility support includes instruction, food service, and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by the manager.

•This position may be asked to drive a gear van if a valid driver’s license has been held for a minimum of 3 years.


•Ability to follow basic instructions.

•Good customer service skills.

•Strong communication skills, both written and oral, including ability to direct small and large groups.

•Strong organization and problem solving skills

•Good organizational skills.

•Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.

•Ability to work with a team to share responsibilities throughout the day.


•Working knowledge of small and large group games.

•Experience in speaking in front of a crowd.



•Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting.

•Be at least 16 years of age.


•Working knowledge of outdoor leadership skills.

•Working knowledge of the concepts in natural history and ecology.

•Minimum 1 year of college experience.

•Minimum 2 season of working as a camp counselor for a residential camp program.

•Experience working with volunteers.

•Bilingual - Spanish/English.



•Current CPR and first aid certification required (training can be provided at the cost to the employee).

•Pre-employment and/or pre-duty checks, such as criminal background check, fingerprinting, reference checks, American Camp Association (ACA) background checks (& on annual basis).

•For drivers: Valid driver’s license and passing pre-employment Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for non-CDL Drivers Policy, including pre-duty drug test.


•Current Wilderness First Responder

•Current Lifeguard Certification

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