Camp Director

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ANGELIC ORGANICS LEARNING CENTER JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Summer Farm Camp Camp Director

REPORTS TO: Program Director of On Farm Programs

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with Experience.
Camp Session Rate. Range $600-$750 per week with housing and meals provided during overnight session 

Note: This job can also be a salaried year-round position. In the application, we ask of your interest.

JOB SUMMARY: Camp Director facilitates diverse educational programs at Angelic Organics Learning Center’s main farm location, with a focus on organic farming, farm-to-table cooking and environmental recreation. During summer, the Camp Director facilitates camp operation. The Camp Director is responsible for distribution of camper medications when nurse is not present, administering first aid or seeking advanced care, daily check in w/ visiting nurse and record keeping. The Camp  Director shares supervision of the summer team of counselors with the Program Director and sets up and supports daily activities and camper behavior management.

We offer six individual camp sessions, beginning June 21 – 26. Staff training is mandatory and occurs before camp.  The Director work week begins by noon on Sunday and ends at 2 p.m. on Friday. Daily breaks are included. Camp happens at 1936 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL. 

Angelic Organics Learning Center and Farm serves as a natural community , including vegetable fields, cover crop fields, pasture, livestock, wild spaces, orchard and people. Summer camp programs  incorporate work projects, team building, arts and crafts, nutrition and cooking, food systems literacy, and workshops on organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, or livestock care. 

DESCRIPTION OF SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

Co- Supervision of the summer camp team of On Farm Educators and Counselors. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Daily

  • Leading summer camper orientation, daily announcements, evening campfire program, behavioral counseling and planning for campers according to camp policies and in general setting the tone for the camp week.  
  • Working cooperatively with team of Summer On Farm Educators to prepare, implement and reflect on programs.  Orienting On-Farm Educators to daily work projects and farm conditions; troubleshooting logistical issues that arise on the day of the program (weather conditions, equipment malfunction etc.) 
  • Attending to the safety of participants which includes implementation of severe weather policies and the care and respect of farm animals, plants, and the land.   
  • Assisting with preparation and clean-up of materials, tools, program spaces as needed   
  • Distribution of camper medication and first aid as needed.
  • Leading three weeks to six weeks of summer overnight camp, with specific roles  
  • Shared Supervision and Collaboration with the Camp Program Specialist

Weekly (Estimated at 6-10 hours per week)  

  • Shared responsibility of fielding inquiries from parents/guardians and assessing camper needs, program modifications based on information. 
  • Scheduling activities, free play, farm work projects, farm chores and all camp games  
  • Developing and distributing program schedules and set up lists.
  • Collaborating with team to manage departmental supplies and equipment acquisition, organization and care.
  • Coordinating work projects, use of space and facilities preparations with Program Director
  • Overseeing camper health and safety responsibilities, coordinating w/ camp nurse, filing student behavior plans, enacting emergency procedures (such as practicing a fire drill, proper handling of camper / medical records and resupplying the Wellness Center).

SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS include the following.  Other Duties may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the secondary job function.

As Needed: ( Highly variable in percentage and regularity)

  • Facilitation of farm tours and activities for special events, fundraisers and open houses, e.g. April 11.
  • Work with youth assistants and volunteers, who help with programs.
  • Attend trainings as needed for new programs.
  • Contribute to the internal nurture of the Learning Center. 
  • Read and respond to general organizational emails. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Working knowledge and experience within the following areas: Biodynamic and/or organic farming practices, livestock care, farm ecology, organic and conventional food systems, nutrition, and other skills for sustainability.
  • Ability to effectively listen and guide campers in an evolving camp community through the understanding of healthy group dynamics, positive reinforcement and as firm and friendly implementation of standards.
  • Ability to learn and follow standards of an American Camp Association Accredited Camp.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check 

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE an equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Agriculture, Recreation or related studies or 3-5 years experience  in a related position preferred
  • Two years experience in a leadership position in the summer camping  or youth development field 
  • At least 25 years of age per Camp Director Requirements for American Camp Association

LICENSING/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED

  • Valid CPR/ First Aid Certificate
  • Hold or State of Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager. Note training may be available after hired in the position.
  • Must maintain a current driver’s license

SPECIAL TRAINING REQUIRED

If not holding a certification in Safe Serv Food Service Handler, Food Service Sanitation Manager, CPR/ First Aid, training will be required

COMPETENCIES to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:  

  • Facilitate experiential education in cross- cultural environments,and with multiple age groups.
  • Attend to the safety of participants, and the care and respect of farm animals, plants, and the land.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  

LANGUAGE ABILITY: 

  • Highly organized with good communication skills
  • Bi-lingual candidates (English & Spanish) are encouraged.

REASONING ABILITY: 

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to apply knowledge on CPR/First Aid procedures and Emergency Plan to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors

MATH ABILITY: 

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

COMPUTER SKILLS:

  • Have basic computer skills for communicating by email and use of Word and Excel.

BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Self-motivated learner.
  • Adaptability, creativity, and independence.
  • Attend to the safety of participants, and the care and respect of farm animals, plants and the land.
  • Able to be flexible and hold standards.
  • Willing to be hands-on and get dirty, uncomfortable, and/or silly. 

DECISION MAKING:

  • Decisions about program implementation and site safety.

LEADERSHIP:

  • Represents the organization positively to employees, partners and participants

CONFIDENTIALITY:

Maintains confidentiality around the following:

  • Information about the organization as a whole, partners or supporters.  
  • Employment and personnel issues with supervisees such as disciplinary actions or personal  information.
  • Participant personal information 
  • Participant financial information
  • Partner issues

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/ HEALTH  commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Be physically able to participate in and lead farm work projects, and to work outdoors in all weather.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: 
    • Able to see computer screen
    • Able to engage in in-person conversations
    • Able to drive a vehicle
    • Able to see in a group setting, including seeing presentations 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use force or lift up to 5-10 pounds; occasionally up to 25-50 pounds in farm setting or moving equipment
  • Willingness to share health history information pertaining to maintaining personal health and performance of duties such as but not limited to allergies and immunizations 

WORK ENVIRONMENT environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • Have a flexible schedule, including weekends and periodic overnights.
  • Regularly subjected to:  Office environment
  • Regularly subjected to: Farm or garden with outdoor conditions (mud, soil, manure, sweat);     need to positively lead activities with others outside no matter what the weather.
  • Regular noise level in the work environment is: 
  • Office environment with periodic use of office machines (copier, printer)
  • Open office space with up to 10 other staff (background phone and in-person conversations)

To Apply

If you want to be part of creating awesome kids and a better world, please familiarize yourself with websites at Nature’s Farm Camp and Angelic Organics Learning Center and apply HERE.  

Questions? Call or email Tim: 773.580.7780 and tim@naturesfarmcamp.com

Application Deadline: Rolling

Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.  We offer the opportunity to contribute to an organization whose mission builds sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. 

About: 
Angelic Organics Learning Center is a regional leader helping to regenerate agriculture by building a healthy, green, fair local food and farm culture and economy. Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in partnership to Angelic Organics farm in 1999, we reach more than 5,000 people each year through our educational programs and urban growing sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We build sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. 


Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Job functions may be subject to modification at the organization’s discretion.