Lead Outdoor Instructors

Wa-Ya Outdoor Institute

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WaYa Board
Our mission is to provide an experience focused on environmental sustainability, enrichment, and leadership through outdoor education and environmental stewardship.

Do you love to be outside in the natural environment? Do you love sharing your knowledge with energetic youth ages 6-17? Are you thinking to yourself, what could be better? At Camp WaYa, our instructors provide youth a multidisciplinary education that includes STEM-based curriculum combined with indigenous practices, art, and outdoor activities such rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, camping, natural history, outdoor photography, orienteering, survival skills, fishing, gathering and much more! Instructors are expected to teach basic STEM education that combines science-based mathematics, engineering, and technology with science disciplines such as biology, taxonomy, botany, marine biology, potamology, geology, ornithology, entomology, herpetology, ecology, conservation, climatology, physics, and chemistry. In addition, instructors are expected to lead other activities such as meditation, yoga, team building exercises, outdoor games, field journaling, art projects, songs and public speaking.

Lead instructors are responsible for managing daily activities, which include delegating tasks to counselors, driving the WaYa bus or van to teaching site and back to drop off/pick up site, engaging with parents and the executive board, and following camp policies and procedures.

Hours of work will be from 9:00 – 4:00 Monday – Friday, with occasional earlier or later start times depending on the camp needs. In early June 2018, the WaYa executive Board (Board) expects instructors to work part time to attend orientation, help design camp curriculum, plan the daily schedule, and help organize camp materials. The Board will assist instructors in obtain required training.

Combine your passion with your work! Inspire, lead, and educate! Specific responsibilities for this position include:
· Successfully lead Camp WaYa programs.
· Teach basic STEM education curriculum that combines science-based mathematics, engineering, and technology with science disciplines.
· Responsible for the safety of all participants.
· Oversee camp counselors.
· Create and maintain camp counselor’s work schedule.
· Maintain appropriate sign in and out sheets for youth, record incident reports, and oversee time keeping for camp counselors.
· Maintain equipment and coordinate outing logistics.
· Coach large groups of youth and lead outdoor instructional events.
· Provide individual feedback in a positive manner.
· Effectively work with youth from all backgrounds including low income and foster youth.
· Communicate with parents or guardians.
· This position reports to the WaYa Board.

Desired qualifications
· Minimum of 2 years’ experience in outdoor education with experience teaching and/or guiding outdoor education programs or other education programs.
· Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills to include outstanding teaching and presentation abilities especially to youth.
· Knowledge and respect for Native Culture.
· Demonstrated ability to work under stressful situations.
· Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
· Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
· Applicable certification or equivalent experience in technical outdoor education preferred.
· Regional knowledge of local outdoor venues and resources is highly desirable.
· Required CPR certification and knowledge of outdoor first aid.
· Valid driver’s license with no negative incidents.
· Pass a criminal background check.
· Basic computer skills.
-Working in teams
-Teaching skills-teaching to youth about science and outdoor education/adventure, and teaching games
-Developing curriculum for daily camps
-Mentoring youth to be resilient and to think in systems
-Effectively work with youth from all socio-economic backgrounds
-Public Speaking
-Develop communication skills by communicating with youth, parents, guardian, the board, the public and state officials.
-Develop work schedules for counselors
-Supervisory and delegation skills
-Managing daily activity schedule
-Learning about the local outdoor sites and how to impromptu teach about the natural environment.
-Classroom and group control
Please send cover letter and resume to: Wayaoutdoorschool@gmail.com.

For more information about the camp please consult our website at: wayaoutdoorschool.com

Questions contact Rosalinda Turk 360-628-7873 or Shana Barehand at 202-378-8346

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