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Camp Counselor

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936276

Posted: Open to internal and external applicants
Reports to: Public programs coordinator
Status: Non-exempt/hourly—this is a temporary position. Four positions open.
Dated needed: Off-site work begins June 17, 2019: Counselors report to work on-site starting June 23, 2019. Position ends August 28, 2019.
Posting expires: Open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 3/25.
Hours of work: Counselors must be committed to all set dates/times:
Pre-camp season:
 Prerequisite program materials:
 June 17: Camp counselors will be sent program materials to read, review and prepare. Camp staff may log up to 16 hours to complete and prepare for training week.
 June 23–27 (Sun.–Thur.), 8am–5pm: All camp staff training.
• Camp sessions:
o Counselors are assigned one of two shifts: 7:45am–4:45pm or 8:30am–5:30pm.
o Counselors will be assigned weeklong camp sessions running M–F, July 1–August 23.
o July 1–3 is a three-day camp; all camp staff have July 4–5 off.
o Two counselors will be assigned three dates (7/19, 8/2, 8/16) with extended overtime hours of 7am–7:30pm due to field trips for certain sessions.
• Post-camp season:
o August 26 and 27, 9am–5pm. Debrief, evaluation and cleaning.

About the Seattle Aquarium:
The Seattle Aquarium is a respected authority on Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the world’s one ocean. Our passionate staff increases awareness and drives the change needed to preserve and protect our marine environment through a variety of channels including: a compelling exhibit experience and engaging daytime and evening events; conservation education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds; community outreach to underserved populations; research that advances understanding of animals in our care and their counterparts in the wild; advocacy and policy work; an award-winning volunteer program; strong and consistent marketing efforts; and more.

We’re noted for our collaborative, communicative and team-oriented working environment. Our values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include commitments to adopting and promoting sustainable practices; creating awe-inspiring experiences; constantly learning and improving; fostering an inclusive community; maintaining scientific credibility through evidence-based practices; and honoring our unique place by using our location and history as a lens for larger understanding.

Proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we’re the eighth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and we welcome over 850,000 people through our front doors each year. Guided by our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we’ve developed a master plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new exhibit building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $18 million.

Position overview:
The Seattle Aquarium is hiring four camp counselors to join the summer camp team! Camp counselors (CCs) are role models who work with a professional team of camp staff, high school volunteers, campers and their families. Counselors carry out the workaday procedures of camp while occasionally supporting the lead instructor in administrative tasks. They act as models and mentors in marine science, conservation and empathy. Campers range in age from 4 to 14 years and are grouped by age. CCs work with all ages of campers while leading groups of up to 11 (usually 10).

Primary job functions:
• Support camp lead instructor in implementation of camp program.
• Support camp lead instructor in child management and ensure safety of all campers.
• Promote appropriate behavior among all participants and serve as a role model.
• Lead small groups of campers of up to 11 kids (ages vary from 4 to 14 years old) each week in activities such as marine science lessons, games and exhibit and behind-the-scenes tours and field trips.
• Responsible for knowing all camper information as written on release forms. This includes medications needed at camp and photo release status. Responsible for ensuring all such information is carried out appropriately and remains confidential.
• Lead scheduled activities on time for your group.
• Positively support an inclusive environment. When appropriate, encourage all campers to participate, observe, discover and appreciate the marine environment while being respectful of their surroundings on- and off-site.
• Assist with all aspects of maintenance, preparation, setup and cleanup of all program-related activities on- and off-site.
• Act as the communication link between the camp lead instructor and youth volunteer camp assistants to help guide them in fulfilling leadership roles.

Additional responsibilities:
• Other camp-related projects as assigned include but are not limited to: camp sign-in and -out; cleaning dishes; light administrative duties; cover staff lunch breaks; lead active play and meaningful interactions during lunch with youth; and more.
• Establish and build positive relationships with all camp staff, volunteers, campers and their families, and our camp partner organizations.
• All camp staff oversee all campers: 20 campers per session/room or up to 40 campers per week.
• May be required to drive Aquarium transit van, or rented transit vans, to transport campers for field trips.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent leadership abilities.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Demonstrated reliability, responsibility and enthusiasm.
• Basic knowledge of group activities, games, team-building initiatives or other environmental-education-related programming.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team player.
• Ability to be flexible in a rapidly changing work environment.
• Knowledge of marine science and conservation.
• Comfort handling intertidal animals (training provided).
• Basic knowledge of scientific monitoring equipment such as quadrats, microscopes, plankton tows, etc. Comfortable using microphones, audio/visual players.
• Familiarity with MS Office programs: Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive and other basic computer skills.

Experience, education and certifications:
We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education to meet minimum requirements.
o High school diploma or equivalent; must be 18 years or older.
o Minimum of one year of experience working with youth in a formal or informal education setting.
o Minimum of six months’ experience working or volunteering in an aquarium, zoo, environmental education center or similar institution.
o Current adult, child and baby first aid and CPR/AED and anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector training and certification proof required by first day of paid work. Red Cross online courses are not accepted. If you do not have current certifications let us know and we can discuss during the hiring process.
o Washington state driver license required for occasional use of fleet vehicles on field trips.
• Preferred:
o College courses in education, child development, recreation, environmental science, biology or related field.
o Experience working with diverse racial and socio-economic audiences.

Working conditions:
• Flexible schedule and ability to commit to the set hours/dates of work.
• Must be able to spend long periods of times outdoors during all weather conditions (rain or shine).
• Must be able to sit, stand, walk and/or run for varied and extended periods of time while interacting with youth.
• Heavy to moderate vocal demands to project talks and announcements to direct a large audience in loud areas during heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
• Ability to lift at least 30 pounds and carry gear at field sites on uneven terrain.
• Must be comfortable in and around water. Camp staff will be scheduled to go on select field trips which include low-tide beach walks, large tour boats and small watercrafts like kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Must be able to tread water for up to a minute and swim distances of up to 30 feet maximum. Some camp staff will be assigned to work directly with children on small watercraft. Camp staff will be on stand-up paddleboards.

Pay and benefits:
$15.50/hour for a maximum of 450 hours between June 17 and August 28. Temporary staff are not eligible for benefits but accrue paid sick time and are paid an additional $0.75/hour to assist with transportation costs.

How to apply:
The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. All candidates are encouraged to apply by uploading a résumé and one-page letter detailing interest and relevant experience in our online application. Preference will be given to applications received by March 25.

Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job.

Note: Must pass a background check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position.


Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 2066936276