This position will serve as a Camp Community Leader for DPF 4-H Camp, a residential summer camp owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County, located in Riverhead, New York. The primary responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to: supervision of assigned staff and campers, counselling staff members for job success, assisting with camper supervision including but not limited to dealing with camper behavior issues, failure to thrive in camp environment, etc., assisting with weekly program design, implementing afternoon and evening programs and activities, assisting in daily operations of the DPF 4-H Camp as directed. This position accepts and performs all position duties outlined in this position description, and performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and deemed appropriate by the DPF 4-H Camp Director and/or Camp Team Leader. (NOTE: This position includes cabin responsibilities as needed.)
- Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- Must have current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid certifications (will train or assist with re-certifications if necessary).
- Experience in the supervision of campers and staff in a camp or structured environment.
- Desire, ability and willingness to work and live in a camp community and to reside at DPF 4-H Camp, Riverhead, NY (including overnights) the entire time 4-H Camp is in session. **All Community Leaders must work two (2) stay over sessions during the camp season.
- Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position.
- Ability to work flexible hours which will include evenings and weekends, as appropriate.
- 21 years of age preferred.
- Experience in leadership roles, or currently working in the education field.
- Demonstrated ability to teach skills to other staff members and campers of all ages.
- Previous camp staff experience.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and provide guidance.
- Demonstrated ability and desire to work with children and young adults outdoors.
- Good character, integrity and adaptability. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control.
- Represent DPF 4-H Camp in initial contact with parents and campers on opening day of each session, making every effort to make campers and parents feel comfortable and welcome.
- Keep in direct communication with the Camp Director and/or Camp Specialist regarding all pertinent camp issues.
- Assist Camp Director in providing implementation and support for camper cabins, activities and classes, including special programs (afternoon, evening and weekend) utilizing research-based 4-H curriculum.
- Implement appropriate subject matter curriculum, certification.
- Provide support to Counselors as needed for added success in their positions.
- Assist Camp Director in providing guidance and support to staff, relating to special needs campers, conflict mediation (campers and/or staff), and special concerns (campers and/or staff).
- Assist in the design of developmentally appropriate leadership training programs for various ages, maturity levels, and skills.
- Assist in the development of staff in-service training programs, including pre-camp training of counseling staff.
- Assist in the development of camper activities and classes, including evening programs and weekend program.
- Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of all program offerings under the leadership and direction of the 4-H Camp Director.
- Assist other cabin counselors in supervision of 6-16 campers in cabin. See to their safety and well- being at all times.
- Collect cabin daily reports and review for camper issues not brought up during the day. Talk to affected campers and staff to see mediation.
- Be the main contact for conflict resolution for camper and staff needs. Seek additional resources when needed.
- Provide supervision of campers during all meals, recreation time, free time, swim, evening and weekend programs and other camp activities.
- Work with the Camp Specialist, Program Directors and Camp Counselors to provide to all campers the opportunity to participate in all camp activities, and assist in providing support for these activities.
- Be a positive role model and ensure that both counselors and camper behaviors are consistent with camp standards.
- Enforce all camp health and safety standards, keeping campers safe at all times.
- Supervise assigned Program and Counselor staff.
- Assist in the coordination of developmentally appropriate leadership training programs (pre-season and in-season) for various ages, maturity levels, and skills.
- Assist Camp Director in the coordination and planning of camper activities and classes, including afternoon, special programs, evening and weekend activities.
- Assist in the coordination of staff in-service training programs, including pre-camp training of counseling staff.
- Oversee inventory and curriculum of program area.
- Assist in staff and camper assignments such as cabin assignments, staff assignments, time off, etc.
- Assist campers and staff in scheduling classes, and following the daily camp schedule.
- Monitor progress of classes and reports areas of concern to the Education Director.
- Oversee the maintenance and inspection of program equipment, supplies, and program sites, (including daily and end of season inventory) to ensure they are in good condition and are in safe working order. When needed take equipment out of service or request repairs.
- Assist in the daily upkeep of camp facilities. Maintain program area in an organized manner.
- Assist in the evaluation of the current camping season, and make suggestions for the next camping season.
- Perform other duties as assigned and/or reassigned as directed/required by the Camp Director or Camp Specialist.
- This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources.
- Attend DPF 4-H Camp orientation/training program, and participate in staff meetings and required training events as scheduled.
- In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
- Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
- Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
- Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
- Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
- Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
- Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
- Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County policies and procedures.
- Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
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