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Outdoor Science Camp Manager

June 27, 2013 - August 31, 2013
Location:Fossil, OR
Salary Range:$36,919 - $46,149 per year.
Benefits:Eligible for full benefits.
Employment Type:Regular - Full-Time
Description:Develop and manage program-specific residential natural science and natural resource field programs for individuals, schools and other groups. Accountable for the quality and implementation of all curriculum at OMSI Science Camps. Responsible for instruction, supervision, meals, and lodging for students and adults. Administer the daily operations of individual OMSI Science Camps. On-site responsibility for all aspects of site, staff, and program maintenance, safety, content, logistics, expenditure, legality, process, and any other aspects of camps operation to insure a high-quality, safe, and well-functioning entity as per OMSI’s Mission Statement and Core Values. For more information on what this position entales, check out the Outdoor Science Education webpage:


“Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI’s corporate headquarters:”

•Act as liaison to schools: develop schedule, meal specifications and counts, and program scheduling.

•Manage camp specific budget annually. Oversee all camp expenses (petty cash accounts, expense reports, travel advances for summer programs, purchase orders and check requests). Insure net revenue generation through program design.

•Insure the inventory, restocking maintenance, organization, repair and cleanliness of all camp equipment and supplies.

•Hire Outdoor Education staff. Train, supervise, and schedule residential, day, and non-residential instructional and support staff and volunteers with the assistance of the Director of Outdoor Science Education.

•Summer camp counselor supervisor- includes administration, scheduling, supervision and instruction with the assistance of the Director of Outdoor Science Education.

•Coordinate all aspects of OMSI Science Camps residential and non-residential programs.

•Develop, organize and implement experiential natural sciences curriculum and programs for students of various ages at appropriate levels.

•Insure acceptable camp atmosphere. Maintain operating systems for program materials, food, lodging, transportation, and staffing with the assistance of the Director of Outdoor Science Education.

•Lead campers on hikes of up to 10 miles.

•Assist with the writing of camp-specific summer camps catalog copy and summer packets.

•Organize and implement high-quality, safe, smoothly-functioning outdoor science school programs and summer natural science camps and adventure programs for students of various ages and appropriate levels throughout the year.

•Partner with private landowners state and federal land agencies on facility and land use annually

•Insure the well-maintained, serviceable, clean, and attractive appearance of OMSI equipment, buildings, campsites, and properties in both the presence and absence of the Maintenance Lead.

•Supervise transportation needs, bus and van driving training, trailer hauling, and insure vehicles are maintained throughout the season in both the presence and absence of the Maintenance Lead with the assistance of the Director of Outdoor Science Education

•Maintain a clean, organized, well-functioning and easily-usable staff office to facilitate a smooth coordination of site, staff, and program. Use updated forms, insure proper and timely completion and forwarding of paperwork, file copies on site, and make photocopies of items for customers and staff.

•This position is exempt, paid salaried

•This position is regular full-time, scheduled for 40 hours/week. Working Conditions:

•Must be comfortable in a non-smoking work environment

•Camp positions often involve extended hours and days worked

•ACA time-off standards will be met (i.e. 2 hours off duty per day and at least 24 hours off every 2 weeks.)

•Site assignments may change based on need

•Work may average 6 day per week during peak operating season

•Short weeks will occur during non-programming times.

•Physical Demands: 30% Sitting 60% Standing 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5-80 Pounds

•Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), 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), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus), and ability to recognize hazards in the camp setting.

•Work environment includes wet or humid conditions (non-weather), outdoor weather conditions.

•Noise level is moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic). SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:

•Serve as host of camp facilities.

•Assume any task and responsibility necessary for successful camp operation as assigned by the Director of Outdoor Science Education. May include food service, maintenance, supervision and instruction.




•Strong customer service skills.

•Ability to effectively supervise up to 25 people

•Ability to track and manage employee performance to ensure high functioning employees.

•Professional communication skills, both written and oral.

•Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

•Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.

•Strong time management skills.

•Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.

•Strong presentation skills.

•Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

•Strong skills in program budget planning and tracking

•Ability to work independently as well as in teams.

•Ability to work under pressure with flexibility.

•Ability to effectively manage and track mulitple projects simultaneously, prioritize, work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy, and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.

•Demonstrated skills in teamwork and collaboration with colleagues, with varied skills and responsibilities meeting individual, departmental and organizational deadlines.

•Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning.

•Thorough knowledge of the safety and risk management areas of outdoor programs.

•Thorough knowledge of natural sciences including: geology, ecology and paleontology, marine biology, depending on site.

•Working knowledge of learning styles and instructional strategies, field program instruction and safety.

•Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.


•Nonprofit experience.

•Museum experience.

•Experience in Financial Edge, or other database program.

•In-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural history of operating site.



•Bachelor’s Degree in natural science, education or environmental studies or equivalent combination of work experience and education.

•Minimum 2 year of coordination and project management skills.

•Minimum 2 year of supervisory experience.

•Minimum 1 year of experience working with the public, formal and informal settings.

•Minimum 3 years of field instruction, outdoor school and/or previous camp experience


•Additional years experience teaching in a classroom or an outdoor setting.

•Bilingual - Spanish/English.

•Experience working with volunteers.


•Current food handlers card or ability to get one.

•Valid driver’s license, must be CDL certified or able to obtain CDL (training provided, but at the employee’s expense).

•Current CPR and first aid certification.

•Wilderness First Responder.

•Life Guard certification.

•Pre-employment and/or pre-duty checks, such as criminal background check, fingerprinting, reference checks, American Camp Association (ACA) background checks (& on annual basis), requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and Alcohol & Drug Test for non-CDL Drivers Policy, including pre-duty drug test.

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