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Farm & Garden Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: F&GSpec2018
  • Job Location: San Diego, CA
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Seasonal
  • Date Updated: January 02, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: June 14, 2018
  • Classification: Seasonal



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Job Description:

Overview

Girl Scouts San Diego serves 22,500 girls and 12,700 adult members. Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Every summer, girls arrive to summer camp excited for new experiences. As a Camp Counselor, it’s your responsibility to encourage them to be courageous, demonstrate compassion and leadership, and participate in energetic activities that build memories for a lifetime. You have a desire to work with youth as they learn and succeed. You strive to be an inspiration. You want to have a positive impact on them as they build a stronger sense of courage, confidence, and character.

Girl Scouts San Diego is looking for dedicated and qualified staff members for our 2018 summer camps. Seasonal camp positions are open for our two resident camps located in Julian, CA. Camp positions will start on or about June 14, 2018 and will end August 18, 2018. It is preferred that our dynamic staff have experience working with youth, but it is not required.

Camp Winacka - Located in Julian, CA, this rustic camp features a swimming and equestrian program, high adventure programs, environmental education and arts and crafts. Traditional camp activities, along with specialist programs are what makes Camp Winacka unique. Campers and staff sleep in open air cabins, platforms tents or on cots under the stars.


Job Summary

Under moderate supervision, develops and delivers farm and garden activities that are safe, fun and appropriate to the campers’ age and abilities and reflects the Girl Scout commitment to stewardship of the natural environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver a farm and garden program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers and uses the camp’s natural environment.
  • Provides and creates farm and garden resources for campers outside of direct program; including composting, food awareness bulletin board, etc.
  • Ensures daily care of plants and animals involved in farm/garden programming.
  • Coordinates camper and staff involvement in planting, harvesting, plant and animal care.
  • Collaborates with unit staff to offer food awareness, farm and garden programs for campers.
  • Ensures camper and staff safety in all farm and garden programming.
  • In coordination with Nature & Science Specialist, responsible to set up, inventory and maintain nature, garden and environmental resource materials that are easily accessible and usable by camp staff.
  • Conducts opening and closing inventory of related supplies.
  • Completes end-of-year report with summary and recommendations for future program and camp activities.
  • Assists in the general operation of camp as assigned by the camp director or program director.
  • Assists with luggage delivery and camper pick up/drop off on change days.
  • Maintains clear and positive written and verbal communication with all internal and external clients.
  • Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities.
  • Adheres to all council policies and procedures.
  • Observes all safety precautions and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Competencies and areas of expertise may include:

  • Program Development and Implementation - Designs age appropriate and engaging activities, considers available resources, works with unit staff and program specialists to create outcome specific programming, implements program and measures outcomes to continually improve program quality.
  • Interpersonal Relations - Establishes rapport with others at all organizational levels; respects others; considers and responds to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; establishes and maintains an open dialogue with others; has demonstrated ability to market the Girl Scout value proposition through a variety of communication venues, with particular emphasis on in person communication in one-to-one, small group, and large group settings.
  • Team-Building - knows team-building techniques and processes; collaborates with others to create optimal solutions; fosters a commitment to a team approach to work; promotes partnerships between work units; collaboratively defines boundaries and outcomes of work responsibilities; shares information with others; recognizes and rewards team accomplishments; shares decision-making responsibility with team members.
  • Mentoring and Development of Youth - Demonstrate care and interest in youth, create programs and opportunities for youth to acquire new skills in a safe environment.
  • Risk Management - Uses good judgment, evaluates situations for risks and hazards, notifies appropriate camp supervisor of observed risks or hazards, stops or alters program to best manage risk.
  • Judgment and Decision-Making - recognizes when immediate action is required; recognizes when sufficient information has been obtained to make a decision; makes decisions where appropriate or refers decisions to the appropriate organizational level; makes decisions without undue delay
  • Adaptability & Flexibility - responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems; adapts approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations; copes well and helps others deal with the ongoing demands of change; sees and shows others the benefits of change; recovers quickly from setbacks, and finds alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
  • Oral and Written Communication abilities (i.e. In person, verbal, written, and/or phone); expresses ideas and facts in a clear and understandable manner appropriate for the individual or group; listens to and comprehends what others are saying; prepares organized and structured presentations; has demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of sensitive and confidential issues and communicate effectively with a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff.
  • Self-management and Confidence - Assesses own skills and abilities and identifies areas for improvement; willingly accepts constructive feedback; seeks developmental opportunities; sets and achieves goals; works independently. Demonstrated confidence to prepare for conversations and visits with potential members/customers by gathering key information and setting strong objectives to achieve successful outcome.


Essential Requirements

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • At least 18 years of age; 21 preferred.
  • Demonstrated training in and knowledge of gardening, animal care and food education.
  • One year camp experience and/or at least one class or workshop training in farming or gardening.
  • One year environmental work experience preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival.
  • Must submit health history record prior to first day of work.
  • Attends staff meetings.
  • Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
  • Attends Unit Director meeting, as needed.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Valid drivers’ license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasional travel may be required. Must be comfortable driving narrow, winding mountain roads with passengers in mini or cargo vans.
  • Willingness to accept the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and acceptance of the relevant and compelling benefits of Girl Scouting.


Office Equipment/ Machines/ Electronic Devices

Personal computer and printers, telephone, fax machine, copier, audiovisual equipment, and other miscellaneous office equipment.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers, grasp, feel, talk, hear and perform repetitive motions.
  • Ability to perform moderate to strenuous work exerting up to 50 pounds of force daily to move objects and use tools.
  • Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, using computer terminal and reading.


Work Conditions

Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


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