Camp Amicus - POLARIS Instructor

Overview:

Foothills Academy Society invites you to be an integral part of this unique summer camp program for children and youth with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Our goal is to create a rewarding and successful summer for each camper, with an emphasis on enhancing self-esteem and social skills in a fun environment.

Position Purpose:

Under the guidance of the Program Coordinator and Camp Manager, the POLARIS instructor functions as a counsellor for the oldest campers while at overnight camp in July, and plans and delivers both POLARIS programs, during day camp in August. As a senior staff member of Camp Amicus, this position requires a high level of responsibility, maturity & accountability when dealing with co-workers, campers & parents. This camp starts with 2 days of trip prep, at our site in Calgary, followed by a 3 day/2 night hiking trip. The second week of the program involves mornings of personal development - created and led by the facilitator - and afternoons of volunteer work - supervised by the facilitator.

Position Dates:  June 18 - August 24, 2018 (10 weeks)

Location:

  • June 18 through to June 22 – Foothills Academy in Calgary
  • June 25 to June 29 – staff training at Camp Goldeye in Nordegg, Alberta
  • July 1 – July 27 - overnight camp at Goldeye Centre in Nordegg, Alberta - four 6-day overnight camps (Sunday to Friday)
  • July 30 – August 24 - day camps (Monday to Friday) in Calgary

Salary: $680 per week (includes room & board while on site at the Goldeye camp).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Co-lead a 3 day wilderness hiking trip, and leadership programming for 16 - 18 year olds with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD, as well as other associated diagnosis.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation, including participant progress reports.
  • Must be comfortable in a collaborative staff working and living structure.
  • Manage trip emergencies and evacuations, and ensure participant safety.
  • Physical Demands
  • Candidate must be able to lift and transport up to 50 pounds regularly.
  • Candidate must be able to see and respond to situations
  • Candidate must be able to work in a consistently mobile fashion – walking up to 6 hours for day long field trips, and consistently interact with campers and staff at both day and overnight camp.
  • Candidate must be able to sustain attention to the program participants without significant impairment

Qualifications:

  • Previous trip leadership experience (3+ years).
  • Previous experience working with special populations - Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.
  • Previous Leadership Program development/facilitation experience.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification, or equivalent.
  • Class 4 licence.
  • ACMG Hiking Guide (preferred)
  • Class 4 licence, provincial equivalent, or ability to attain before start date.
  • Ability to work independently & problem solve effectively
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with others
  • Ability to use judgment to act quickly when necessary
  • Ability to adapt to new situations and be flexible with change
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Current First Aid & CPR
  • Previous camp experience (an asset)

TO APPLY:

Send resume and cover letter to Kathleen Gurski. We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Person: Kathleen Gurski, Manager, Camp Amicus and Recreation Programs

745 37 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4T1

E-mail: kgurski@foothillsacademy.org 

Fax: (403)205-2754