Girl Scouts San Diego serves 22,500 girls and 12,700 adults. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership 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.
Under moderate supervision, plan and deliver a safe, fun and meaningful horseback riding program, appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities. Provide management to the physical operation of the horseback riding facilities and equipment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and operates meaningful and safe horseback riding program geared to the ages, interests, needs and abilities of the campers in accordance with safety standards.
- Trains and supervises horseback riding staff in the horseback riding responsibilities.
- Produces weekly written lesson plans for all arena, ground and trail lessons.
- Evaluates horses for physical and mental soundness and suitability for beginning riders.
- Assesses camper skill and readiness and places them with appropriate mounts.
- Supervises opening and closing of the tack house, maintains an accurate inventory of supplies and equipment and participates in end of season evaluation.
- Works closely with unit staff to ensure fulfillment of program objectives of horse units, including rodeos/performances, mail delivery on horseback, and/or other program activities.
- Serves as primary instructor for all riding lessons.
- Ensures staff development of staff members under direct supervision.
- Provides total care for the horses, tack, barn, and riding areas.
- Requisitions all needed supplies and feed.
- 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.
- Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
- Observes all safety precautions and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures.
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Developing Others - delegates responsibility and works with others and coaches them to develop their capabilities; provides helpful, behaviorally specific feedback to others; shares information, advice, and suggestions to help others to be more successful; provides effective coaching.
- 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
- 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.
- Conflict Management - ability to anticipate, prevent, and resolve conflicts while maintaining productive working relationships (for example, with customers, vendors, or coworkers); distinguishes between disruptive conflict and constructive differences; identifies common interests to resolve differences
- Problem-Solving - identifies and analyzes existing and potential problems systematically and thoroughly; reports/documents the problem; obtains and evaluates relevant information and contributing factors; identifies important interrelationships; implements solutions after evaluating alternatives and anticipating their impact; supports decisions or recommendations with data and/or reasoning; defines and implements solutions to problems; makes independent decisions and exhibits strong resourcefulness in finding solutions.
- 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.
- Leadership - Models high levels of motivation, performance, dedication, and commitment; creates, implements, and/or supports camp and council initiatives, policies, and mission; engages, inspires, encourages, guides, and/or gains others’ support toward accomplishing individual, team, camp, and council goals; adapts leadership style to a variety of situations
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.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival.
- Current Wilderness First Aid or other advanced First Aid certification preferred.
- Current certification by an accredited horsemanship instructor training organization, riding school or documented proof of a minimum of three years’ experience successfully instructing in a general horseback riding program, especially in western-style riding.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of supervision of a total riding facility operation including stable management, care and feeding of horses, scheduling, staff supervision, training and equipment care.
- Knowledge/background in horse behavior and behavior management.
- Skills and willingness to ride intermediate-advanced horses.
- Must demonstrate before first day of work, in person, the ability to safely handle, lead, groom, tack, ride and dismount a horse, as well as the ability to teach these skills.
- Must submit health history record prior to first day of work.
- Attends staff meetings.
- 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.
Equipment/ Machines/ Electronic Devices
Personal computer and printers, telephone, fax machine, copier, audiovisual equipment, and other miscellaneous office equipment.
- 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 light work exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
- Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, using computer terminal and reading.
Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.